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Spanish infrastrucure firm Ferrovial has said its deal to sell 10.62 percent of Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd, formerly BAA Ltd, to Qatar Holding for £478m ($769m) has been completed after obtaining approval from the European Union’s competition authorities. The deal, announced in August, was pending authorisation by the competition authorities but has now been given […]

Qatar Airways was named the winner of the World’s Best Airline for International Travel, by readers of the U.S. edition of Business Traveller magazine. The annual survey of more than 8,000 randomly selected Business Traveller subscribers, was asked to choose their favourite airlines, hotels, airports and other business travel service providers, in a total of […]

Something felt odd as I browsed the stalls of brightly colored fabrics and ornate Arabic knickknacks in Souq Waqif, the most popular tourist attraction in Qatar. The walls were the expected mud brick, the roofs were a mixture of wood and bamboo. All of the vendors were wearing the traditional long white “thobes,’’ and merchandise […]

Qatar and Monaco have announced the launch of a joint venture international company that would purchase and administer hotels and tourist resorts in Europe, North America and the Middle East. Named ‘Monaco QD International Hotels and Resorts Management’, Monaco’s National Company for Finance and Qatari Diar are its joint owners. The initial capital of the […]

Qatar Airways has been named among the top three airlines in the world at the latest Skytrax World Airline Awards 2010. The honour was among several awards that the airline collected at a ceremony in the northern German port city of Hamburg. Qatar Airways’ global ranking among more than 200 international airlines rose to number […]

Qatar Airways is set to open direct flights from Incheon International Airport to Doha beginning at the end of March. The direct flights will undercut the flight time of the previous route –via Osaka — by five hours. The Doha International Airport is in the middle of a fierce competition to attract more air traffic […]

The growing trend of cruises around the Middle East gets a big boost today as industry giant Royal Caribbean begins its first season of voyages in the region. The line’s 2,501-passenger Brilliance of the Seas is setting sail out of Dubai on a seven-night trip to historic Muscat, Oman; Fujairah and Abu Dhabi in the […]

Qatar Duty Free has launched its latest inflight magazine offering all Qatar Airways passengers an even greater choice of products than ever before. The 124-page Shopping Extravaganza Magazine is packed full of new and best-selling products including fragrances for men and women, designer make-up, jewelry and electronic gadgets. Qatar Airways passengers will be spoilt for […]

Chairman of the Qatar Tourism Authority Ahmed Abdullah Al Noaimi said Wednesday he expects the tourism sector to contribute generously to the country’s national income within four to five years from now. Al Noaimi pointed out that the QTA is currently cooperating with the World Tourism Organization (WTO) to establish a new system to be […]

Dubai cruises in 2010

Dubai is rapidly emerging as the destination of choice for global cruise liners and passengers alike, with figures showing that the number of cruise tourists visiting Dubai is expected to increase by almost 80 per cent from 2008 to 2010. And the opening of the new Dubai Cruise Terminal by the end of January 2010 […]