Passengers in transit can now explore some of the city’s major tourist attractions on a free tour of Doha.
Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) have started this joint initiative to ensure that the airline’s passengers get to enjoy a brief taste of the city while in transit.
“Our aim is to promote Qatar as a tourism destination and provide Qatar Airways passengers with a unique experience of Doha, free of charge,” said Nigel Burnell Stoker, acting head of Qatar Airways Holidays.
“Based on the feedback we have received since February 1, it is clear that passengers transiting in Doha genuinely enjoy the city tour. We currently operate four daily tours, running at full capacity.”
Rashed al-Qurese, director of marketing and promotions at QTA, said: “Doha is a fascinating city that combines cutting-edge modernity with rich cultural tradition. With the Doha City Tour, passengers can catch a glimpse of everything the city has to offer and find reasons to return for a longer stay.
“Overall, we are seeing strong growth in all aspects of Qatar’s tourism sector, including the number of visitors who come to Qatar each year and the contribution of tourism to diversifying the national economy, as per the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030 announced last week. Qatar Tourism Authority is proud of these developments as we work with partners to promote Qatar as a destination of choice and showcase the wide range of tourism offerings.”
Passengers with five to 12 hours of transit time in Doha can book the free city tour by visiting the Doha City Tour counter at Doha International Airport. Booking is done on a first-come, first-served basis and is subject to seat availability on the coach.
The duration of the tour is around three hours, and it takes passengers on a journey through key landmarks around, including the Museum of Islamic Art, Corniche, West Bay, Katara – the Cultural Village, The Pearl Qatar and Souq Waqif.
The Doha City Tour is conducted in an air-conditioned coach with an English-speaking guide providing information and insights about Doha for the full duration of the tour.