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Qatar Airways - Bargain flights - Fly to Dubai from £209

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Not quite as cheap as Singapore Airlines. But similar 5* service (as advertised on Sky) Bangkok £332, Delhi £269, Dubai £209 and others Read More
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8y, 3w agoFound 8 years, 3 weeks ago
Not quite as cheap as Singapore Airlines.

But similar 5* service (as advertised on Sky)

Bangkok £332, Delhi £269, Dubai £209 and others
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#1
do these offer free stop overs anywhere?
#2
I flew with Qatar last year to Dubai (from Manchester) and was very pleased with the service. Depending on the difference, I'd pay the extra to fly direct with Emirates as I found them the better of the two (they offered free stopovers in Dubai when we flew to Bangkok last year).

The stopover in Doha was less than pleasant though, not a particularly nice airport and horrible public toilets. Thankfully it was only an hour on the ground each way.

Still, £209 is a very cheap price. Hot deal for me.
#3
I gather that lucky passengers can also be selected for an extended involuntary stop-over for offences as ridiculous as having poppy seeds (from a bread roll, rather than the opiate variety) on one's clothing.

I'm a strictly anti-abuse of drugs person, but given the arbitrary nature and the triviality with which the authorities in Dubai seem to pick on people to offer their idea of hospitality I'm inclined to steer well clear of the place.

For example see:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7234786.stm
http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Sky-News-Archive/Article/20080641304600
#4
It's not just the above, they go nutty if you have certain visas in your passport if you go to the UAE. I've a Russian and Chinese visa in my passport and this sent the passport control people into Stasi mode. I had to sit in a room for 3 hours while they asked me 20 questions in Russian, German and some sort of Chinese language. When they finally realised I wasnt a Russian or Chinese spy and I started to threaten to contact my embassy they let me go... It remains the most paranoid country I've visited in my travels (worst than places which have a bad reputation like Azerbaijan and Burma) would avoid transiting through the UAE if you are on a tight schedule.
#5
I've been many times on both business and leisure and never had an issue.

You're probably right though, best to stay at home in your lonely bedsit.
#6
black knight
I've been many times on both business and leisure and never had an issue


...yet!

black knight
You're probably right though, best to stay at home in your lonely bedsit.


Ah, unlike your own experience of home, I like my home and I like travelling - there are many interesting places to visit at home and abroad without the arbitrary chance of getting locked up for trivial reasons (even in transit) as happens repeatedly in Dubai.

Besides, I hate beach holidays, and there's plenty of great shopping elsewhere, so Dubai doesn't really appeal to me anyway :)
#7
I would agree, that if its not too much extra fly with emirates, much better service and nicer planes in my experience.

i ve been to UAE several times and never had any problems cstoms etc, quite the opposite
generally very pleasant and well mannered, and well staffed for quick transit.

Unless of course you look a bit shady/or have a shady travel history
post 9/11 youre gonna get picked on at any airport in the world, not just Uae!
#8
to all above banging on about immigration problems at Dubai just to let you know that this Qatar Airlines offer is for other places apart from Dubai. For example Mumbai in the October half term for £258 and Delhi for £267. I've searched the dates 23 oct outbound and 01 nov inbound and got these prices from the promotions link. only snag is that outbound is from Gatwick. I live 5 miles from heathrow. must use promotions link from your email if you got one from Qatar Air otherwise you can't select the destination location from drop down menu and you also get inflated prices.
#9
Bangkok price is good too.

Would pay the extra and go there instead of Dubai, your money would go a lot further!
#10
chrisfdh
It's not just the above, they go nutty if you have certain visas in your passport if you go to the UAE. I've a Russian and Chinese visa in my passport and this sent the passport control people into Stasi mode. I had to sit in a room for 3 hours while they asked me 20 questions in Russian, German and some sort of Chinese language. When they finally realised I wasnt a Russian or Chinese spy and I started to threaten to contact my embassy they let me go... It remains the most paranoid country I've visited in my travels (worst than places which have a bad reputation like Azerbaijan and Burma) would avoid transiting through the UAE if you are on a tight schedule.


Ask someone who's visiting Britain how they get treated upon arrival here.

Get over it, it happens everywhere - whether it be Dubai, New York or London.
#11
Well it's only happend to me there. In my old job I regularly had to go to New York, and occasionally to Latin America (1-2 times a year) and never had a problem. Also with Russia, China and Mongolia - again no problems. Ironically i've travelled in a few countries since which supposedly have worse border police (Syria, Lebanon, Azerbaijan) but had no problems whatsoever at these places. There is nothing for me to "get over" - I've no major desire to return to the UAE in the future. I am merely pointing out that passing through Dubai airport is not always a quick and hassle free experience, which is something people changing planes there should consider, especially if a connection is tight (ie less than 3 hours).
#12
Qatar is one of the better airlines I've used, but yeah Doha airport.. less said about that the better.
#13
AJLBEE

You like to say "arbitrary" and "trivial" a lot!

Anyway, that was the first thing that annoyed me. I dont know if you have been to Dubai or not, I live here. I moved over to work last year and have been in and out the UAE on may occasions. I understand you say you dont like sand, beach etc but there is so much more to the place than that!

Ther e have been occasions when people get locked up, as they do in any country if they violate the local laws!

Great post, awesome deal! Similar to the Eithad deal earlier last month. Heat from me!
#14
I first went to the UAE in 1975, and since then have been in and out of both Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports HUNDREDS of times, and never once had any problems at all.:)
#15
Not getting any destinations coming up, is the site down?
#16
Lots of discussion about Dubai airport.

This deal is for Qatar is via/to Doha Airport.

unfortuately this is a rather old airport and the authorities there know it.

The new airport at Doha is opening in 2011 and looks amazing.
#17
Wont let me select any cities! :(
#18
don't forget quidCo! Its only small but better than nothing.

Oh and qatar are better than etihad for post sales help/assistance. Etihad are awful.
#19
I'm going through Turkey in September and that's about as close to the middle-east as I really want to get at the moment to be honest.

I did actually quite fancy a trip to Tehran at some point, I can't see that happening anytime soon now though.
#20
black knight
The stopover in Doha was less than pleasant though, not a particularly nice airport and horrible public toilets.


I had chronic diarrhoea at Doha Airport... :o
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just a heads up to all those keen travellers. It isnt always necessary to book a multi stop trip or pay for a stop over if you want to go to 2 destinations.

You can choose to get your connecting flight however many days later for the same price. You need to book through a travel agent as the online ones don't offer the ability to do this due to their website design.

This is what I do. I research using lastminute/expedia and find the cheapest flight (most probably a stopover somewhere). Then I research exactly what flight i want to take say 3-4 days later. I call up Southall Travel (who have given me good service and are quite competitve) and tell them I have the exact flights I want to take and the price, and buy the ticket! So extra cost for stopover or premium on multi city type bookings.

Heres 2 examples:

Last year I flew with Turkish airlines to Dubai. It stopped in Istanbul for 3hrs. I booked it in a way, where my stopover was 5 days. We then got on our 'connecting' flight to Dubai and on the return journey we chose the standard 3hr transit. We got to see Dubai and Istanbul for no extra cost.

I also did this with Malaysian Airlines. I wanted to go to Sydney and I knew it stopped in Kuala Lumpur, so we booked our 'connecting' flight 6 days later. On the return we did the same and stopped in KL again for 3 days. All for the same price of flying to Sydney.

Hope that helps!
#22
good tip, rep left
#23
Qatar is rated as 5star airline up there with Singapore Cathay,

Emirates are 4 Star also qatar was rated best airline for economy seats, according to skytrax singapore are awaiting renewal of there 5 star status
#24
Can anyone actually get this working????
#25
No drop down menu will not work for destination or departure cities for me.
#26
sandra1960
No drop down menu will not work for destination or departure cities for me.


Like I said in my post on Tuesday, you can only select cities/location from the drop down menu when you use the promotions link Qatar Airlines send you as a newsletter to your email. You only get the promotions email when you subscribe to the service. When you click on the link, that brings up the booking page showing promotion details and destinations with prices. This also allows you to select the locations from the drop down menu. I hate repeating myself!

BTW this offer expires 02/07/09... so you don't have long.
banned#27
azzy129
Like I said in my post on Tuesday, you can only select cities/location from the drop down menu when you use the promotions link Qatar Airlines send you as a newsletter to your email. You only get the promotions email when you subscribe to the service. When you click on the link, that brings up the booking page showing promotion details and destinations with prices. This also allows you to select the locations from the drop down menu. I hate repeating myself!

BTW this offer expires 02/07/09... so you don't have long.


Any chance you can share the link please? They are probably all the same like the last deal in January. If not, it may be possible to strip out any personal data...
#28
azzy129
Like I said in my post on Tuesday, you can only select cities/location from the drop down menu when you use the promotions link Qatar Airlines send you as a newsletter to your email. You only get the promotions email when you subscribe to the service. When you click on the link, that brings up the booking page showing promotion details and destinations with prices. This also allows you to select the locations from the drop down menu. I hate repeating myself!

BTW this offer expires 02/07/09... so you don't have long.


Have signed up for their Privilege Club today, let's hope I get an email very shortly...
#29
I signed yesterday and still do not have a link can anyone share one???

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