Doha has become a major destination for the cruise ships in the Gulf. The cruise agencies now regard Qatar as a regular port of call on the Middle East maritime routes because of new visa rules.

The new visa procedure allows Qatari authorities to process all visas in four to seven working days in advance before the ship’s arrival. On the day of arrival, while passports are gathered and collected, passengers can directly disembark and begin exploring Qatar immediately.

Qatar Tourism and Exhibitions Authority is keeping pace with all cruises coming to Qatar, ensuring that all procedures go smoothly and welcoming passengers at the port with a display of traditional Qatari hospitality. 280 passengers from the American ship Silver Wind were warmly welcomed at the Doha port, yesterday.

“It is so pleasant to be introduced to the Qatari culture as soon as we got on ground,” said Dan, an American passenger. “This is my first time to the country, and I didn’t know you had such a rich heritage. I really appreciated meeting with a pearl fisherman.”

“The first impression I get when arriving in a country is the one I always remember. I will always cherish this cheerful welcome, with dates, coffee, and traditional music,” said another passenger, Jane.

“Qatar Tourism and Exhibitions AuthorityQatar Tourism and Exhibitions Authority is catering to luxury cruises demand for the best of our hospitality and culture,” said Ahmed Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Qatar Tourism and Exhibitions AuthorityQatar Tourism and Exhibitions Authority

“Yet our efforts are going far beyond the cruises companies’ expectations. We are always working to improve the experience of cruises’ passengers, thanks to a unique visa valid both for Qatar and Oman that will facilitate new routes linking Oman and Qatar.

The Peninsula

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