Quick guide to Doha Metro Gold LineShereen D’Souzahttps://www.timeoutdoha.com/travel/431344-quick-guide-to-doha-metro-gold-lineTue, 28 Jan 2020 11:08:09 +0400The Doha Metro has been successfully running for a few months now with the Green Line and Gold Line recently opening and adding an additional 22 stations to the route.

The Gold Line covers 11 stations from Ras Abu Aboud all the way to Al Aziziyah.

The stations include Msheireb which is an interchange station and has a tram line that runs around Msheireb Downtown Doha.

The other stations are National Museum, Souq Waqif, Bin Mahmoud, Al Sadd, Joann, Al Sudan, Al Waab and Sport City.

Timings
Doha Metro stations operate seven days a week. From Sunday to Thursday, the trains operate between 6am and 11pm.

The metro runs from 6am until 11.59pm on Thursday and from 2pm until 11.59pm on Fridays.

Trains arrive every six minutes and the commute between stations lasts for approximately three minutes.

Metro cards and rates
All users of Doha Metro must have metro cards with them. The cards are divided into three categories: Standard, Gold Club and Limited Use.

Limited Use cards are appropriate for occasional travellers or tourists for any one-time use. The journey costs QR2 and the cost of a full day pass is QR6 for standard or family-class travel. To use the Gold Class, the journey cost is QR10 and a full day pass costs QR30.

Rechargeable Cards come in Standard and Gold options and can be recharged and used repeatedly. It has to be topped up before usage and is valid for five years. The cards will be priced at QR30 with a travel credit of QR20.

Licensed retailers will, however, not be able to top-up your travel credit. This can be done at Doha Metro stations only.

Reaching the station
Metrolink feeder buses are available for customers to use to and from the stations. Information about these shuttle buses and their pick-up points can be found on the Qatar Rail mobile app.

You can click on Plan my journey or download the maps to see the free feeder bus pick up points closest to your location.

Karwa app users can avail a flat QR8 fee through the promo code RAIL on any journey within 3km to and from the metro stations.

Application
The Qatar Rail application can be downloaded for iOS and Android. Once you register, you can link it to your metro card. The app will keep track of all your journeys while enabling access to a network map of current operational trips.

For full information on the Doha Metro and all operational lines, click here.
www.qr.com.qa.

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Qatar Airways announces massive flash sale on flightsShereen D’Souzahttps://www.timeoutdoha.com/travel/431097-qatar-airways-announces-massive-flash-sale-on-flightsMon, 27 Jan 2020 09:08:42 +0400Doha is a brilliant starting point if you love to travel and Qatar Airways has just launched several new destinations.

If you’re already planning your next trip, take advantage of the flash sale on Qatar Airways flight right now.

Until midnight today (Monday January 27), you can book flights on the website and save up to 20 percent.

Select destinations can be booked for travel up to August 31.

Some of the destinations such as Amman are available for as low as QR1,555.

So hurry and get booking and get on that plane before August 31.
www.qatarairways.com.

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Qatar Airways launches eight new destinations from DohaShereen D’Souzahttps://www.timeoutdoha.com/things-to-do/430558-qatar-airways-launches-eight-new-destinations-from-dohaTue, 21 Jan 2020 10:19:56 +0400Doha’s strategic location makes it easy to access almost any country in the world and thanks to Qatar Airways’ growing network, we’re never running out of options for new holiday destinations.

The award-winning airline just announced eight new destinations that will be added to its already extensive list, bringing the total number of destinations around the world to a whopping 177.

There are two cities in Kazakhstan that have been added to the list. There will be two weekly flights to Nur-Sultan starting March 30 and two weekly flights to Almaty starting April 1. Flights to Almaty will increase to four per week starting May 25.

There will be three weekly flights to Cebu, Philippines starting April 8.

Discover Ghana with daily flights to capital city Accra starting April 15.

If you don’t want to go too far, there’s a new city in Turkey on the list. There are three flights a week to Trabzon starting May 20.

Starting June 23, there will be five weekly flights to Lyon in France.

From October 14, you can take direct flights to Luanda in Angola four times a week and from November 16, there will be five weekly flights to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Very recently, Qatar Airways introduced Santorini (Greece), Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Osaka (Japan).

Last year saw the addition of destinations such as Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; Mogadishu, Somalia; Langkawi, Malaysia and Gaborone, Botswana.

We’re currently planning our holiday calendar for 2020.
www.qatarairways.com.

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Quick guide to Doha Metro Green LineShereen D’Souzahttps://www.timeoutdoha.com/travel/429908-quick-guide-to-doha-metro-green-lineThu, 16 Jan 2020 09:15:29 +0400The greatest gift to Doha's public transport has got to be the metro.

And now there's more of it. The recently-opened Green Line covers 11 stations from Al Riffa in the east to Al Mansoura in the west.

The stations include Msheireb which is an interchange station, Al Bidda which is also an interchange station, The White Palace, Hamad Hospital, Al Messila, Al Rayyan Al Qadeem, Al Shaqab, Qatar National Library and Education city.

Timings
Doha Metro stations operate seven days a week. From Sunday to Thursday, the trains operate between 6am and 11pm.

The metro runs from 6am until 11.59pm on Thursday and from 2pm until 11.59pm on Fridays.

Trains arrive every six minutes and the commute between stations lasts for approximately three minutes.

Metro cards and rates
All users of Doha Metro must have metro cards with them. The cards are divided into three categories: Standard, Gold Club and Limited Use.

Limited Use cards are appropriate for occasional travellers or tourists for any one-time use. The journey costs QR2 and the cost of a full day pass is QR6 for standard or family-class travel. To use the Gold Class, the journey cost is QR10 and a full day pass costs QR30.

Rechargeable Cards come in Standard and Gold options and can be recharged and used repeatedly. It has to be topped up before usage and is valid for five years. The cards will be priced at QR30 with a travel credit of QR20.

Licensed retailers will, however, not be able to top-up your travel credit. This can be done at Doha Metro stations only.

Reaching the station
Metrolink feeder buses are available for customers to use to and from the stations. Information about these shuttle buses and their pick-up points can be found on the Qatar Rail mobile app.

You can click on Plan my journey or download the maps to see the free feeder bus pick up points closest to your location.

Karwa app users can avail a flat QR8 fee through the promo code RAIL on any journey within 3km to and from the metro stations.

Application
The Qatar Rail application can be downloaded for iOS and Android. Once you register, you can link it to your metro card. The app will keep track of all your journeys while enabling access to a network map of current operational trips.

For full information on the Doha Metro and all operational lines, click here.
www.qr.com.qa.

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Check out these super travel deals if you’re visiting QatarShereen D’Souzahttps://www.timeoutdoha.com/travel/428932-check-out-these-super-travel-deals-if-youre-visiting-qatarTue, 07 Jan 2020 14:13:17 +0400If you’re planning to have your family and friends over, there’s probably no better month to do so than January.

The weather is fantastic, if you choose to stay outdoors and when you’re ready to go in, there are events all around town.

With a plethora of fun festivities taking place across the country as part of Shop Qatar, the annual shopping festival, there’s so much to do and see in Doha, and travel has never been easier.

Qatar Airways Holidays is offering fly and stay packages to visitors from both Oman and Kuwait, which include return flights, two nights (plus breakfast) at five-, four- and three-star hotels.

In addition to this, if you’re in town, you also get free shopping transfer tours. Chauffeur services will be available on request and getting around town is incredibly convenient thanks to the Doha Metro and the brand-new Msheireb Downtown Doha tramway.

If you’re keen to travel by road, Careem is providing a credit of 50 percent to all shoppers who use the service to visit participating locations during Shop Qatar.

Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) is now offering visitors a more streamlined application process through its new visa portal.

Once you apply, your application will be processed within 24 hours – all you need to do is identify Shop Qatar as the reason for your visit.

Click here for everything you need to know about Shop Qatar.

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Seven trips to take in under five hours from Dohahttps://www.timeoutdoha.com/travel/425417-seven-trips-to-take-in-under-five-hours-from-dohaThu, 19 Dec 2019 08:03:29 +04001 Amman, Jordan
As well as plenty of ancient ruins including the Temple of Hercules and the Umayyad Palace, there’s also an abundance of modern flavours to keep your interest, like the Darat Al Funun art gallery. Hungry? Don’t miss Sufra restaurant for homemade dishes in a traditional setting, or Cantalope for a high-end international menu and rooftop views.
Flight time: Two hours, 45 mins.

2 Baku, Azerbaijan
Baku is just beginning to be explored and with high peaks, lush greenery and stunning modern architecture it’s easy to see why. Azerbaijan Airlines and Qatar Airways run flights from Doha to Baku Heydar Aliyev Airport. Don’t miss the Flame Towers– a trio of buildings mimicking fire.
Flight time: Two hours, 50 minutes.

3 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is just a few short hours away, yet when you touch down you’ll step out into another world.
If you want to explore you don’t need to spend much time in the capital, and instead venture out to lush mountainous regions such as Kandy, or idyllic beach-side towns like Mirissa. Before you vacate the city, make time for a meal at Bu Ba, or Ministry of Crab if you’re a crustacean fan.
Flight time: Four hours, 50 minutes.

4 Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu is a charming place with loads of nature and history to explore. There are certainly prettier, cleaner places in Asia, but you’ll be hard pressed to find any friendlier or quite so packed with quirks. Nepal Airlines and Qatar Airways both fly direct and ticket prices start QR1,299 for the National Day weekend.
Flight time: Four hours, ten minutes.

5 Mumbai, India
It’s called the Maximum City for a reason, but if you’re ready for the crowds then there’s no place more vibrant than Mumbai. Whether you’re rubbing shoulders with a Bollywood star or touring the slums, your guaranteed to see every facet of Indian life – and it’s brilliant. There’s amazing streetside shopping to be done at Colaba Causeway and Linking Road in Bandra. Eat at Andheri’s Lokhandwala or take a train all the way up to Churchgate for a more premium experience. There are loads of direct flights from Doha with Air India, Air India Express, IndiGo and Qatar Airways flying out from Doha for as low as QR836 return. Jai ho!
Flight time: Three hours, 20 minutes.

6 Muscat, Oman

Muscat makes for a fantastic Arabian escape with its incredible wadis, souks, mountains and beaches. There are some amazing beachside resorts to stay at and restaurants such as Karjeen that should not be missed. As well as centuries old forts nestled into beautiful hillsides, you’ll also find top restaurants, huge malls and stunning architecture. Be sure to check out timeoutmuscat.com before you go.
Flight time: One hour, 40 minutes.

7 Tbilisi, Georgia
This bustling, modern city is a top option to experience Georgian lifestyle. No trip to Tbilisi is complete without picking up a souvenir at the Dry Bridge Market. Just a short walk from the major thoroughfare Rustaveli Avenue and on the banks of the Mtkvari river, this is the place to discover a bargain. Try the khinkhali for a comforting meal. Tbilisi is an eternally charming capital and from mesmerising, picturesque architecture to a fabulous food and drinks, it strikes the perfect balance between traditional and metropolitan.
Flight time: Three hours, 15 minutes.

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Check out the latest attractions in Germany at this roadshow in Dohahttps://www.timeoutdoha.com/travel/419104-check-out-the-latest-attractions-in-germany-at-this-roadshow-in-dohaFri, 11 Oct 2019 03:11:11 +0400The best part about living in Doha is the amazing opportunity to travel almost anywhere we want to.Qatar Airways is constantly revealing new destinations with direct flights and travel is now easier and more efficient than ever.

Finding a new spot to visit can be harrowing but we’ve sorted out your next vacation.

The German National Tourist Office- Gulf countries (GNTO) is hosting a roadshow in Doha on October 20 in partnership with Qatar Airways.

Hosted by the German Ambassador to Qatar, His Excellency Hans-Udo Muzel, the roadshow aims to introduce Qatari travel trade professionals, key opinion leaders and media to the latest tourism attractions, which make Germany a preferred destination for Qatari travellers.

Ten key GNTO partners will join the road show introducing the Qatari market to vibrant local destinations, tour operators, deluxe hotels, medical tourism institutions and luxury shopping outlets.

The high-end shopping complexes feature Breuninger Department Store; OutletCity Metzingen and Ingolstadt & Wertheim Village, while the hotel operators cover Excelsior Hotel Ernst and Hotel Bayerischer Hof Munich.

The medical tourism providers cover Sana Hospital Group and Schoen Clinic.

The Cologne Tourist Board will also be present promote the biggest city on the Rhine to the roadshow attendees.
Free. October 20. To attend, email Nicole Zaspel on nicole.zaspel@germany.travel.

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Three must-visit destinations in Omanhttps://www.timeoutdoha.com/travel/414214-three-must-visit-destinations-in-omanThu, 29 Aug 2019 09:00:34 +0400Jebel Akhdar, Oman
The so-called Green Mountain is one of the most spectacular destinations in the entire Gulf region, especially when viewed from the summit. Oman’s highest point offers some fantastic trekking, giving you the chance to discover ancient villages and plenty of local flora and fauna, which both thrive thanks to the relatively high level of rainfall in the area. Peer down Oman’s equivalent of the Grand Canyon – this is certainly not one for the vertiginous among you, though…
GPS location: 23.067741, 57.670114
Driving time: 5hrs 16mins (483km)

Muscat, Oman
The Omani capital is the epitome of hospitality, and is swiftly becoming a hugely popular tourist destination for those seeking traditional splendour in a country as laid-back as they come. Culture vultures will have a packed itinerary here, starting with visits to some of the many museums. While not the largest, the Bait Al Zubair Museum (www.baitalzubair.com) is arguably the most intriguing. Funded by the family whose names it bears, this restored traditional home contains a brilliantly curated collection, including a stunning selection of jewellery and wedding garments. Other must-visits are the stunning Royal Opera House Muscat (www.rohmuscat.org.om), especially for those aficionados of the more old-school styles of music.
GPS location: 23.601755, 58.399049
Driving time: 5hrs (446km).

Salalah, Oman
By far the longest trip on our list, you’ll definitely want to make a weekend of it down in sunny Salalah. For those brave enough to tackle this trek (you might want a co-driver or two for this one), the rewards here are immense, as this coastal city is as wonderfully welcoming as it is abundant with nature. Twitchers should pack their binoculars and head for the coastal wetlands, where you’ll find an array of terns, waders, raptors and passerines, in a lovely location set against the backdrop of the stunning Dhofar Mountains.
GPS location: 17.050713, 54.106418
Driving time: 11hrs 30mins (1,236km).

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Quick guide to Doha Metrohttps://www.timeoutdoha.com/travel/406514-quick-guide-to-doha-metroSun, 02 Jun 2019 10:00:11 +0400If we’re being completely honest, we had totally forgotten about the Doha Metro altogether – that’s how long it was taking. The first train was slated to run in 2018. But suddenly last month, the news that the Metro would be open to the public dropped two days prior and an entire country of fast drivers, taxi takers and slow walkers were all equally ecstatic. There are still plenty of crinkles that need ironing out but for now, this might be the best thing that’s happened to the country in a long while.
We’ve pulled together this quick guide for everything you need to know whether you’re taking your first train ride or you’ve tried it a couple of times already and still haven’t figured out how to top up your card. No thanks necessary.

Doha Metro
Recently launched by Qatar Rail, the Doha Metro features 13 stations running (mostly underground) across 40km all the way from Al Qassar to Al Wakra (total travel time 30 minutes) and Hamad International Airport. As the citizens breathe a sigh of relief from Doha’s ever-increasing traffic jams and travel times, the metro promises to provide a much needed facelift to Doha’s transportation system. All the stations are easily accessible, there is clear and legible signage everywhere, travel cards that make this a superior economical experience and even an app to facilitate ease and convenience.

Red Line
The Qatar Rail network consists of the Red Line, Green Line and Gold Line with a total of 37 stations and an expected completion date in 2020. Red Line is the very first to launch on the network and covers some of Doha’s most important stations and heavy traffic areas like Al Bidda, Souq Waqif, Doha Jadeeda and many more. With 18 stations in operation, the inspiration behind the design of each station is inspired by Qatar’s cultural history.

If you visit, you’ll notice an architectural identity that’s reminiscent of the traditional Bedouin tents. The interiors also pay homage to the country’s heritage through ornaments that shed lights with pearl effects and other aesthetic elements such as the ventilation systems among others.

Operation
Doha Metro stations operate five days a week from Sunday to Thursday between 8am and 11pm (due to change soon). Trains arrive every six minutes and the commute between stations lasts for approximately three minutes. Doha Metro will remain closed on weekends to facilitate completion of pending work with other rail lines. Download the Qatar Rail mobile application for more details on routes, timings and everything else.

Metro cards and rates
All users of Doha Metro must have metro cards with them. The cards are divided into three categories: Standard, Gold Club and Limited Use. Limited Use cards are appropriate for occasional travellers or tourists for any one-time use. The journey costs QR2 and the cost of a full day pass is QR6 for standard or family-class travel. To use the Gold Class, the journey cost is QR10 and a full day pass costs QR30.

Rechargeable Cards come in Standard and Gold options and can be recharged and used repeatedly. It has to be topped up before usage and is valid for five years. While this card can be purchased from Travel Card Vending Machines available at all metro stations, they can also be purchased at retailers like Al Meera, Lulu, Jumbo and Carrefour. The cards will be priced at QR30 with a travel credit of QR20. Licensed retailers will, however, not be able to top-up your travel credit. This can be done at Doha Metro stations only.

In true Doha style, luxury travel seekers can opt for the Gold Club Card for QR100. A single journey in the gold class costs QR10 and a day pass costs QR30. These cards can only be purchased at the Gold Club offices at the metro stations.

Reaching the station
To ensure convenient reach for the public and accessibility from all areas surrounding the metro station, Qatar Rail has collaborated with the Ministry of Transport and Communication to integrate various modes of public transport. Metrolink feeder buses are available for customers to use to and from the stations. Information about these shuttle buses and their pick-up points can be found on the Qatar Rail mobile app. While the feeder buses are free, the passengers can also take advantage of reduced prices through other modes of public transport. Karwa app users can avail a flat QR8 fee through the promo code RAIL on any journey within 3km to and from the metro stations. Some stations such as Al Bidda and Corniche do not offer the feeder buses, but the stations are very conveniently located in main areas.

Parking
While some stations do have ample parking spaces, some of them are very limited or non-existent. The whole idea is to reduce public dependence on motor vehicles. There will be 300 free parking facilities at Al Wakra station. There are, however, drop off and pick up points at all stations, so this might be a good time to hitch a ride with a friend.

Kids
Kids below the age of four do not require a travel card. They must, however, be accompanied by a fare paying adult. Children over five will require a metro card in order to travel. Younger kids must be accompanied by someone older than 16 years of age. Fares for children and adults will remain the same.

Application
The Qatar Rail application can be downloaded for iOS and Android. Once you register, you can link it to your metro card. The app will keep track of all your journeys while enabling access to a network map of current operational trips. Real time information is also available on the app besides a journey planner that can help you manage your trips.
www.qr.com.qa.

IN NUMBERS
Red Line

18 stations 40km north to south

Green Line
11 stations 22km east to west

Gold Line
11 stations 14km east to west

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Flying with kidshttps://www.timeoutdoha.com/travel/406445-flying-with-kidsSun, 02 Jun 2019 08:32:57 +0400Picture this scene: your treasured little bundle of joy cries so loud on a flight that windows could shatter. Other passengers give you cold stares as you walk (with shame) over to your seat. Flying with young children can be a stressful and unpredictable experience. If you want to avert disaster, here are a few tips to make your trip as smooth as possible.

Ask for preferential treatment in advance
Most airlines will be very understanding of your situation, especially with a young child. You can request front row seats (with the extra legroom) so you don’t need to disturb other passengers. Baby bassinets and airline approved car seats are also available on request. Just make sure to request these well in advance so proper arrangements can be made on the day.

Overpack
Load your luggage with distractions for the little one. Download as many Netflix cartoons as you can and bring some lightweight toys and games for the journey, too. You can also never have enough wet wipes for all kinds of ‘accidents’. You might want to consider pull-up diapers just as a precaution.

Use the stroller service or terminal transport
There are plenty of reasons to love Hamad International Airport (which also snagged the Best Airport in the World title for 2019). Ask at the information desk near the big teddy bear (Lamp Bear by Urs Fischer) to provide you with a stroller to take up to your departure gate. You could also use the terminal transport (the little golf carts) to speed up your journey. The little one will probably even enjoy the ride.

Bring snacks and BUY water
Make sure to buy more water than you need before you board the plane. Sometimes it can be a long wait (especially as an economy passenger) and your child’s grumpiness could be eased if they are well-hydrated. Similarly, have lots of bite-sized snacks like small cheeses, grapes, chips and biscuits on hand so you don’t have to wait until after your plane departs. Invest in a tupperware box with separate compartments to save on space and packaging.

Schedule your vaccinations
If you’re travelling to any destination where vaccinations are required, then it’s probably best to check with your doctor when the best time to vaccinate your child would be. It’s best to avoid situations where the child might suffer from side effects such as fever, diarrhoea and other aches during your flight.

Pack lollipops and DUMMIES
Infant ears are particularly sensitive to the air pressure changes that come with altitude. Consider packing something for them to suck on, which will ease their pains and as a consequence, yours too.

Prepare some goodie bags
If you have a particularly boisterous child, your biggest worry might be the looks you get from fellow passengers. Launch a pre-prepared charm offensive by offering up some goodie bags and a “Thank you for your patience” note. It’s a nice, unexpected gesture and something that will definitely help if your child is having a mid-flight meltdown.

Use the bathroom before you board
This should go without saying but make sure you all have several bathroom breaks before you board the plane. Minimise that tiny percentage of risk of the bathroom being out of order for an hour just when your dear little one needs to go.

Prepare for the unexpected
You might be concerned about what your child will do on the flight and that’s a common concern. Just make sure in the midst of packing for your trip, and on the day, that you’ve got everything you need, too. Anything can happen on a flight, especially when you least expect it. It’s the safest bet to always be prepared for the unexpected.

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