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Qatar Airways Launches Free Doha City Tour For Transit Passengers

Qatar Airways Launches Free Doha City Tour For Transit Passengers

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Trip report of the tour with pictures and answers to some ambiguity.

http://focusedflyer.com/2016/01/06/qatar-airways-free-doha-city-tour-review/

In post 135 of this thread Brighterside suggests that the free tours have been replaced by tours costing QAR 40. This has yet to be confirmed but be warned that changes may be happening right now.
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Old Mar 10, 14, 4:02 pm
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Another airport that has something like this. I guess it is following the likes of SIN, ICN and IST. Did I miss out any?
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Old Mar 10, 14, 6:39 pm
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Originally Posted by RUN4FUN View Post
How does what work?
the free city tour?
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Old Apr 7, 14, 7:35 am
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Just read it on another website. One of the traveler said that it won't require any visa at all ! Which is a great news !!!

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTop...nsit-Doha.html
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Old Jul 28, 14, 7:55 am
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FYI: I was looking into this an one trip advisor post linked to this blog post:
http://reflectionsofaviolinist.com/2014/03/14/qatar/
sounds ok
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Old Jul 28, 14, 9:02 am
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Does anyone have any idea how strict they are with the 5-12 hours transit? I'll be there in transit for about 14 hours or so during the day (due to fully booked earlier connections, so no STPC). From previous experience I know that Doha in Summer isn't the best place to walk around randomly, so a tour would be nice..

Anyone think I still have a chance of getting the tour? Doesn't really make sense to me to impose a 12 hour transit limit..
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Old Jul 29, 14, 8:07 am
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Originally Posted by zehbra View Post
Does anyone have any idea how strict they are with the 5-12 hours transit? I'll be there in transit for about 14 hours or so during the day (due to fully booked earlier connections, so no STPC). From previous experience I know that Doha in Summer isn't the best place to walk around randomly, so a tour would be nice..

Anyone think I still have a chance of getting the tour? Doesn't really make sense to me to impose a 12 hour transit limit..
Shoot I have a 12:45 layover! I'll try on Aug 27th and report back.
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Old Jul 29, 14, 9:14 pm
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Originally Posted by iolairemcfadden View Post
Shoot I have a 12:45 layover! I'll try on Aug 27th and report back.
That would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

I'm actually there on Aug 18th though, but late at night; I doubt there's anyone at the desk then
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Old Aug 12, 14, 1:41 pm
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Does anybody know if it's possible to leave the tour in the middle? For example, get off at Souq Waqif, stay as long as I want, and then go back to the airport on my own in a taxi or something? It sounds like the tour only stops for 20 minutes or so. I have a longer layover and wouldn't mind killing more time having a leisurely coffee/hubbly bubbly.
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Old Aug 29, 14, 12:06 am
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Did the tour on Thursday 7:30 pm. Guy was not there from 6 until 7 pm. Only looked at outbound ticket at that point we had under 12 hours left.

Re leaving early, maybe but talk to the guy and don't show immigration the free pass so you can pay for the visa. We were not able to ask in advance because of the missing person. Had we asked in advance and paid for the visa they would have dropped is off at the Marriott after the tour. Instead we went back to the airport and ate in the lounge then did immigration again, which intails going the wrong way through transfers security.
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Old Aug 29, 14, 12:45 am
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Originally Posted by iolairemcfadden View Post
Did the tour on Thursday 7:30 pm. Guy was not there from 6 until 7 pm. Only looked at outbound ticket at that point we had under 12 hours left.

Re leaving early, maybe but talk to the guy and don't show immigration the free pass so you can pay for the visa. We were not able to ask in advance because of the missing person. Had we asked in advance and paid for the visa they would have dropped is off at the Marriott after the tour. Instead we went back to the airport and ate in the lounge then did immigration again, which intails going the wrong way through transfers security.
Thanks for your report. Where is the guy? before or after transit-security? Breakfast in the lounge before the city tour would be great
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Thanks for your report. Where is the guy? before or after transit-security? Breakfast in the lounge before the city tour would be great
After transfer security, within view of the circular desk near big bear, but back towards the escalators down from the transfer security area. As you come down from transfers and walk up to the bank of TVs with gate info, it's directly behind you.
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Old Aug 29, 14, 2:12 pm
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Originally Posted by iolairemcfadden View Post
After transfer security, within view of the circular desk near big bear, but back towards the escalators down from the transfer security area. As you come down from transfers and walk up to the bank of TVs with gate info, it's directly behind you.
Superb! So lounge breakfast before city tour Thanks a lot for all the info!
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Sorry for the double post in this old-ish thread, but this might be useful to some here:


The time given at "Tour Starts" means that you should be at the desk around half an hour beforehand so you can be lead through passport check and meet the tour guides.

The first tour in the morning is usually full we were told, with the other two being pretty empty (2 to 4 people) and the evening one being a bit fuller again.

If you have the choice, go for the evening tour, since it won't be as hot and the Souq waqif will be more lively.
Avoid the 1pm tour if possible since it'll be blistering hot and the souq waqif will be closed most likely.

Make sure to check in early enough - and be prepared to go to the desk a few times/be patient, the guy there likes to take breaks from time to time
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Old Sep 20, 14, 4:39 pm
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Originally Posted by arabiamark View Post
Does anybody know if it's possible to leave the tour in the middle? For example, get off at Souq Waqif, stay as long as I want, and then go back to the airport on my own in a taxi or something? It sounds like the tour only stops for 20 minutes or so. I have a longer layover and wouldn't mind killing more time having a leisurely coffee/hubbly bubbly.
To answer my own question, no you can't leave the tour in the middle. It's because of not having a visa. If a passenger ever went missing the people who run the tour would be in big trouble.

I did the 7 pm tour. At this time, immigration is quite busy. Surprisingly (or not surprisingly for those of us familiar with this part of the world), the tour hasn't coordinated with immigration to fast track people through. So it's possible that a large part of the 3 hours allotted for the tour could get eaten up standing in the passport line. In our case the tour guide found a friendly immigration officer who opened up a special booth for us.

It can also be a problem if the bus gets stuck in traffic. In our case we had to cut out one stop and the last stop at Souq Waqif was very brief.

Anyway, it's a good diversion if you have a long layover.
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Old Sep 21, 14, 4:58 am
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Originally Posted by arabiamark View Post
I did the 7 pm tour. At this time, immigration is quite busy. Surprisingly (or not surprisingly for those of us familiar with this part of the world), the tour hasn't coordinated with immigration to fast track people through. So it's possible that a large part of the 3 hours allotted for the tour could get eaten up standing in the passport line. In our case the tour guide found a friendly immigration officer who opened up a special booth for us.

It can also be a problem if the bus gets stuck in traffic. In our case we had to cut out one stop and the last stop at Souq Waqif was very brief.
Oh, I didn't think about that when I advised to take the 7pm tour - sorry! When we were there around 10 am, there was no one at immigration, so it was a very quick affair.
I do agree though that there's a lack of coordination in this process. We were told this is because this whole city-tour thing is very new and not everyone working at the airport is familiar with it yet.
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