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Old Jul 9, 08, 8:32 am   #1
 
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Al Maha Services @ Doha airport?

Hi all,

Im a *A gold and am flying Qatar. Ive found this service on Doah's airport website and wondered if anyone has used this service? If so, is it any good?

My friend and I are flying to Delhi from London, and have about a 3 hour lay over in Doah, so is it worth paying the small amount for this?

Any info on this would be a great help.

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Old Jul 9, 08, 11:33 am   #2
 
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flew business on QR 006 to Doha and used Al Maha Services - it was useful- they great you in entrance hall and take you straight though to their own lounge- where they take your passports and Visa. You are allowed to relax an use the lounge as you wish (its small though). They then walk you straight through passport control - no ques.

But if i was paying for it- would have to say a bit of waste of money- so long as you can read signs at the airport- then you should be fine!
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Old Jul 9, 08, 12:54 pm   #3
 
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flew business on QR 006 to Doha and used Al Maha Services - it was useful- they great you in entrance hall and take you straight though to their own lounge- where they take your passports and Visa. You are allowed to relax an use the lounge as you wish (its small though). They then walk you straight through passport control - no ques.

But if i was paying for it- would have to say a bit of waste of money- so long as you can read signs at the airport- then you should be fine!
Is there anything to do at the airport? We've got a 3 hour lay over and I thought that relaxing in that lounge would be a nice idea. Is there anywhere to go and get a massage or anything like that? Everything seems to be in the Qatar terminal
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Old Jul 9, 08, 3:53 pm   #4
 
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Transit in DOH is pretty painless. I don't know what the charge for Al Maha is, but I think you would be better off paying to use the Oryx lounge in the terminal which is much larger and has food. There really isn't a lot to do in the terminal, but 3 hours is not too long to grab a coffee and wander through the duty free area.

All this is moot if you are flying C or J. In that case you will transit through the Premium Terminal.

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Quick disclamer, I've always used Priority Pass to get into the Oryx lounge, I'm not sure they have a pay for use service at DOH so you should probably check.
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Old Aug 5, 08, 8:03 am   #5
 
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I have used Al Maha services a few times for me and some of my guests.
It was arranged via the local authorities.

BMW to welcome me at the plane, personal greeting, waiting in a lounge during security and visa check,... only problem is that the luggage arrived in the main terminal and the lounge was in an other building. That takes time to have your luggage (they take care of it).

I was able to receive a security pass to go with the BMW to welcome my guests at the planes (coming in a few different flights).

Excellent service.
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Old Feb 24, 10, 11:44 am   #6
 
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Anyone with current pricing for the Al Maha services? We'd like BMW 7-series pickup at the plane, quick security/immigration and a drive into Doha. Then the same service on the way back.
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Old Feb 26, 10, 12:05 pm   #7
 
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Anyone with current pricing for the Al Maha services? We'd like BMW 7-series pickup at the plane, quick security/immigration and a drive into Doha. Then the same service on the way back.
You can get the detail at http://www.al-mahaservices.com/, click "Booking" and you will see the price
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Old Oct 16, 11, 12:47 pm   #8
 
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You can get the detail at http://www.al-mahaservices.com/, click "Booking" and you will see the price
It's very complicated and the al maha services is very sketchy about the variuos services and prices. You need to first register to get any detail and even after you register they do not give the full description of the services. Does anyone know a better way to get more information?
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Old Dec 14, 13, 5:24 am   #9
 
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Bad -- real bad !!

I booked and payed the transit service in April 2013.
Absolute NO Show !!
Had to stay in line by Security and make my way to Oryx Lounge !
After long Talk they let me in and called al Maha -- Stated -- sorry, but we will be there to pick you up for con. Flight ! Again -- NO SHOW !! almost missed my flight waiting for Al Maha in the Lounge to meet me !

After long run arround and complaining Al maha stated -- Sorry, we had a Com. problem with Personal -- next time we do better !!

No Thank you -- never again , 80 for nothing but a seat and 2 pepsi !!

Absolutly NO Refund's !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old Dec 14, 13, 7:22 am   #10
 
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It is fairly pointless as a transfer service, you just don't need it.

As an arrival service, it is awesome. November 2013 arrival price is $75 per person.

They meet you at the aircraft, escort you on the bus to arrivals terminal. Seat you in a lounge with refreshments while they sort immigration and luggage and then escort you out to your transport.
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Old Dec 25, 13, 7:53 am   #11
 
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Can oneworld emerald members take advantage of the al maha arrival complimentary service or is it just for qatar platinum members?
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