Hend Zainal, head of marketing, Qatar Tourism Authority, speaks to Breaking Travel News at Arabian Travel Market 2013.
Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has partnered with Qatar Airways to launch the fourth edition of their annual food festival in Doha. Renamed Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) the four-day event will take place at the Museum of Islamic Art Park from 28 to 31 March.
The soft opening of Hamad International Airport on April 1st 2013 will see ten foreign airlines operating out of Concourse B and an array of modern facilities for passengers to enjoy. HIA is a uniquely designed airport set against a beautiful man made lagoon and landscaping, creating a lush green environment to complement the airport’s natural bay and coastal setting.
Hamad International Airport has confirmed it will begin soft opening operations for ten passenger airlines from April 1st. Biman Bangladesh Airlines, flydubai, Air Arabia, Iran Air and RAK Airways will be among the first carriers to move into the new facility.
In preparation for the soft opening of Hamad International Airport – Qatar’s brand new airport on 1st April 2013 – a series of advanced passenger trials have been taking place at the new facility. More than 1,000 men, women and children have gone through the trials to test the operations of passenger facilities from check-in and immigration to aircraft boarding and arrivals.
Issa Al-Mohannadi, Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority, speaks to Breaking Travel News at ITB Berlin 2013.
Continuing Qatar’s current period of development in the lead up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels is a new collection of six five star hotels, has opened in Qatar’s capital city Doha. The hotels are situated within the Souq Waqif, a popular tourist attraction and the only traditional Souq remaining in the Gulf.
Qatar is one of the fastest growing markets in the Gulf, with business and leisure tourism on the ascendant as the country develops its infrastructure as part of a US$65 billion investment plan ahead of its hosting of the 2022 football World Cup.
Qatar is fast becoming one of the world’s most renowned sporting destinations, playing host to recent guests Manchester United who swapped icy UK temperatures to train in the sun at Doha’s Aspire Academy this week. Manchester United flew to Doha shortly after their draw against Tottenham to prepare for Saturday’s FA cup fourth round match against Fulham.
Traditionally an open-air marketplace, a Souq is often held outside of the main cities in a location where a caravan loaded with goods could stop and merchants could display, trade and sell their goods on. Souqs were also the hub for many cultural and social festivities, with communities coming together over local fests and entertainment.