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Gulf Airlines Will Operate More Than 160 Daily Flights to Qatar During FIFA World Cup

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Qatar Airways has partnered with flydubai, Kuwait Airways, Oman Air, and Saudia to connect match ticket holders to Doha via Match Day Shuttle flights for 24-hour experiences during the tournament period, as part of its commitment to making the first FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM hosted in the Middle East and Arab world an all-inclusive gala event.

Fans in Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will soon be able to book their Match Day Shuttle flights. This service is intended to connect supporters to Qatar in a seamless manner, allowing them to attend their respective matches, take in the sights and sounds of the host country, and then depart Doha on the same day.

Match Day Shuttle tickets will be available at extremely low costs from Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait City, Muscat, and Riyadh on a rotational basis. Fans may learn more and book flights by visiting qatarairways.com/MatchDayShuttle and the websites of the partner airlines.

In the future, Qatar Airways will expand its Match Day Shuttle service across the GCC, as well as fly in football fans from all over the world via its enormous global network.

Passengers who purchase one of the Match Day Shuttle services can expect pleasant travel with dedicated on-ground transportation between the airport and the stadium.

Fans who book a Match Day Shuttle flight will arrive in the morning and depart in the evening, eliminating the need for hotel accommodations. A no-check-in luggage policy will also make it easier for passengers to plan an easy-in, easy-out travel itinerary.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Connecting fans and shared love for football are at the heart of this game-changing partnership. We are immensely privileged to have the opportunity to unite fans from all walks of life to enjoy the beautiful game at its best while introducing them to our hospitable culture and traditions. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will be the first in the Middle East and Arab world, and we have always believed that a win for Qatar is a win for the region.”

H.E. Mr. Al Baker added: “The landscape of this tournament gives us the opportunity to spread the business with various regional airlines. Our combined bandwidth with flydubai, Kuwait Airways, Oman Air, and Saudia will create travel flexibility that will bridge cultures and give fans the chance to explore multiple places in the Middle East.”

Eng. Yasir Al Jamal, Director General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said: “Right from the start, we have said Qatar 2022 is a FIFA World Cup for the entire region – and the announcement of the Match Day Shuttle service will make it even easier for many thousands of fans to be able to attend the first tournament in the Middle East and Arab world.”

“Our digital Hayya (Fan ID) will enable a seamless fan journey for those visiting for the tournament, and with the amazing opportunity of attending more than one match in a day, we look forward to welcoming fans from across the region as they immerse themselves in the exciting football and enjoy our famous hospitality. Our sincere thanks to Qatar Airways and their partners for delivering this special project, which will help us host a memorable and outstanding edition of the FIFA World Cup,” he added.

Mr. Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said: “We are very pleased to be part of this game-changing partnership with Qatar Airways and the other partner GCC national carriers. This will allow us to welcome more football fans and visitors from all over the world to experience the warm hospitality and rich culture of our region.

Having recently hosted a global event in Dubai, we know first-hand the positive impact such events have not only on the travel and hospitality sectors but also on the wider economy and the overall morale. We are honored to be able to play a part in supporting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™; enabling more people to share in the joy of the beautiful game via our 30 daily return Match Day Shuttle flights between Dubai and Doha.”

Kuwait Airways Chairman, Captain Ali Dukhan, said: “We are proud to facilitate the transfer and travels of fans to and from Qatar for this monumental event. Not only does this agreement enhance the connectivity of our gulf nations, but also facilitates the social and economic growth emphasized by Kuwait’s government.

We hope to share the excitement of the residents of Kuwait, the GCC, and the world throughout the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and beyond by playing our role in the aviation industry in connecting Kuwait to the world.”

Oman Air Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Abdulaziz Al Raisi, said: “We’re immensely proud to join our partners as we connect football fans to the sport they love and enhance their experience with convenient and seamless travel options tailored to busy schedules. Match Day Shuttle flights are a great way for fans to see more of the rich and vibrant cultures that abound in the region. As the football world comes together in Qatar, Oman Air is ready to welcome everyone on board to enjoy the signature warmth and hospitality Omanis are renowned for.”

World Travel Awards voters selected Oman Air as the World’s Leading Airline In Customer Experience 2021.

Saudia Chief Executive Officer, Captain Ibrahim S. Koshy, said: “Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) is pleased to be offering flights from two main gateways, Riyadh and Jeddah, for fans to conveniently travel to attend the highly-anticipated FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Through the spirit of sport, we look forward to welcoming guests from around the world to visit the region and experience the signature Saudi hospitality on board, in addition to exploring a unique culture and heritage.”

The new collaboration between the GCC national carriers was formalized today during a press conference in Doha, Qatar, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The primary attendees at the occasion were H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Eng. Yasir Al Jamal, Mr. Ghaith Al Ghaith, Eng. Maen Mahmoud Razouqi, Mr. Abdulaziz Al Raisi, and Captain Ibrahim S. Koshy.

Qatar Airways issued special trip packages in September 2021 that included match tickets, return flights, and lodging options. By visiting qatarairways.com/FIFA2022, fans can secure their match tickets to cheer on their favorite side during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM.

The event will be conducted in eight world-class venues, each of which is designed to represent different aspects of Qatari and Arab culture. Al Bayt Stadium, which has a capacity of 60,000 seats, will host the tournament’s first match, while Lusail Stadium, which has a capacity of 80,000 seats, will host the tournament’s final event. 40,000 people will be seated in the remaining stadiums. Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Education City Stadium, Stadium 974, and Al Thumama Stadium are just a few examples.

Fans interested in attending the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM should go to qatar2022.qa for the most up-to-date information on tickets, lodging, and the Hayya Card.

Qatar Airways has been FIFA’s Official Airline Partner since 2017 and has sponsored major events such as the FIFA Club World CupTM 2019 and 2020 editions, as well as the FIFA Arab CupTM, which were both held in Qatar.

The World’s Best Airline has a comprehensive worldwide sports cooperation portfolio, which includes football regulatory bodies such as FIFA, CONCACAF, and CONMEBOL, as part of its objective to bring communities together through sport. Al Sadd SC, Boca Juniors, FC Bayern München, and Paris Saint-Germain are just a few of the football clubs that the airline sponsors.

Qatar Airways, the country’s official carrier, is continually expanding its network, which now includes over 140 destinations. With increased frequencies introduced to important hubs, Qatar Airways provides passengers with unrivaled connectivity, making it simple for them to connect to their preferred destination.

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