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Forum: Middle East
Jun 23, 17, 2:53 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,671
Posted By sharp5flat9

I would have recommended the Holiday Inn close to...

I would have recommended the Holiday Inn close to the airport (al Seeb). I've stayed there a number of times and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The bell boy once gave me a ride to the...
Jun 23, 17, 2:48 pm
Replies: 501
Views: 84,551
Posted By sharp5flat9

I wouldn't, particularly on the flight deck....

I wouldn't, particularly on the flight deck. Emirates and Etihad have many UAE nationals flying, including women :eek: ;) (UAE even has female fighter pilots, apparently). Clearly Qatar has a smaller...
Jun 23, 17, 8:21 am
Replies: 501
Views: 84,551
Posted By sharp5flat9

Oops. Corrected.

Oops. Corrected.
Jun 23, 17, 8:15 am
Replies: 501
Views: 84,551
Posted By sharp5flat9

Lots of EU cabin crew on QR, mainly central and...

Lots of EU cabin crew on QR, mainly central and eastern European. So no problem from a 'work permit' POV. I assume licensing is similar.
Jun 23, 17, 8:13 am
Replies: 501
Views: 84,551
Posted By sharp5flat9

Ah, the leftovers from the abortive Saudi LCC....

Ah, the leftovers from the abortive Saudi LCC. Which looks even more unlikely now :)

Nice black leather interior but appalling seat pitch in Y and no IFE at all. There are four A320s in a C12 Y168...
Forum: Middle East
Jun 19, 17, 5:28 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,290
Posted By sharp5flat9

>> My goal is to get to Abu Dhabi three days...

>> My goal is to get to Abu Dhabi three days before I depart so I can spend some time exploring.

Aha @:-)

Be aware that AUH is a good 20 miles outside the city, en route *from* Dubai. So if you...
Forum: Middle East
Jun 19, 17, 6:53 am
Replies: 19
Views: 6,053
Posted By sharp5flat9

The definitive answer is maybe, possibly :) The...

The definitive answer is maybe, possibly :) The best you can do is to apply and wait.

But check costs. KSA visa fees have increased astronomically recently as a revenue raising exercise. Both RUH...
Forum: Middle East
Jun 19, 17, 6:37 am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,671
Posted By sharp5flat9

Beautiful country, friendly & welcoming people,...

Beautiful country, friendly & welcoming people, relaxed vibe. It's everything that Dubai isn't ;) Not a budget destination though and Muscat is quite spread out. Choose a hotel on this basis as taxis...
Forum: Middle East
Jun 18, 17, 8:13 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 3,235
Posted By sharp5flat9

The Marhaba transfer service works well. For...

The Marhaba transfer service works well. For AED300 they'll intercept your bags and re-tag for the onward flight. You just need to go to an airside transfer desk to collect your onward KQ boarding...
Forum: Middle East
Jun 18, 17, 8:03 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,280
Posted By sharp5flat9

Appreciate the feedback ^

Appreciate the feedback ^
Forum: Middle East
Jun 18, 17, 8:01 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,671
Posted By sharp5flat9

Can you not stay longer in Oman ? Highly...

Can you not stay longer in Oman ? Highly recommended. And yes, KWI is best avoided unless you collect 'interesting' travel 'experiences' ;)
Forum: Middle East
Jun 18, 17, 7:59 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,290
Posted By sharp5flat9

Define 'best' ? Fastest, cheapest, most...

Define 'best' ? Fastest, cheapest, most comfortable ?

EY has a free bus/coach service but you should book; it has a 'flight' number like a connecting flight. See:...
May 30, 17, 10:16 am
Replies: 426
Views: 61,644
Posted By sharp5flat9

A rather uncomplimentary (and possibly...

A rather uncomplimentary (and possibly syndicated) piece from Ivan Fallon in our local rag: http://www.thenational.ae/business/aviation/british-airways-pays-the-price-for-endlessly-cutting-costs
May 29, 17, 8:54 am
Replies: 29
Views: 5,446
Posted By sharp5flat9

Cue the old Harry Enfield sketch: "Don't talk to...

Cue the old Harry Enfield sketch: "Don't talk to me about sophisticated -- I've *been* to Leeds" :)

HARRY ENFIELD- THE YORKSHIREMAN - YouTube
May 27, 17, 7:10 am
Replies: 1,235
Views: 224,189
Posted By sharp5flat9

I've worked in IT risk management and continuity...

I've worked in IT risk management and continuity planning for 30 years. The technology is the easy part; it's the process piece that's rarely done well, whether that be analysis, business case,...
May 16, 17, 6:29 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 4,353
Posted By sharp5flat9

It's all still there and largely unchanged, in...

It's all still there and largely unchanged, in the form of Sharjah air museum, and instantly recognisable from the film. Of course it's all built up now and a main street covers what was the old...
Forum: Middle East
May 12, 17, 6:22 am
Replies: 4
Views: 2,985
Posted By sharp5flat9

Supermarkets are still open during the day and I...

Supermarkets are still open during the day and I have been to known buy a sandwich and a bottle of water and hide in a mall bathroom stall for 10 mins :)

Some mall food courts will probably be...
Forum: Middle East
May 10, 17, 5:24 am
Replies: 4
Views: 2,985
Posted By sharp5flat9

Most tour companies will pick you up from...

Most tour companies will pick you up from wherever you want; it's a competitive business. But why pay the overhead when you can just buy a Nol card and use the metro and buses. Taxis are relatively...
Forum: Middle East
May 3, 17, 2:24 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 3,568
Posted By sharp5flat9

I've never transited through AUH or used...

I've never transited through AUH or used pre-clearance, but it's a simple airport to navigate and T1 and T3 are only a max 10 min indoor walk apart, with moving walkways. There is one security check....
Apr 29, 17, 1:13 am
Replies: 46
Views: 9,294
Posted By sharp5flat9

It does make things expensive, especially with...

It does make things expensive, especially with OMRs costing two quid each ! Must be one of the highest-valued currencies after the KWD.

I've not been for a while (since BA dropped the AUH-MCT tag...
Forum: Middle East
Apr 27, 17, 3:18 am
Replies: 4
Views: 2,661
Posted By sharp5flat9

First of all, the transfer. One ticket or...

First of all, the transfer. One ticket or separate tickets ? Checked bags ? I assume economy class if using PP for the lounge.

As a US passport holder, you'll receive a free visa on arrival. Just...
Forum: Middle East
Apr 26, 17, 3:01 am
Replies: 10
Views: 2,061
Posted By sharp5flat9

I've lived and worked in the region for some...

I've lived and worked in the region for some years, but not in QR, although I've spent a few weekends there. I would put Doha somewhere above KSA and Kuwait, but below Bahrain, the UAE and Oman in...
Apr 24, 17, 3:49 am
Replies: 4
Views: 979
Posted By sharp5flat9

There's a reason this part of the world isn't...

There's a reason this part of the world isn't popular in August ;) It's not so much the heat as the humidity.

You can see which aircraft have operated the route recently at...
Forum: Middle East
Apr 19, 17, 9:40 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 658
Posted By sharp5flat9

I checked the IATA site with some assumed...

I checked the IATA site with some assumed information and it doesn't seem to be a problem: http://www.iatatravelcentre.com/passport-visa-health-travel-document-requirements.htm . This is the same...
Forum: Middle East
Apr 17, 17, 6:24 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,212
Posted By sharp5flat9

I'm inclined to agree with FC ORD, although it...

I'm inclined to agree with FC ORD, although it very much depends whether you can carry off the look or not !

This also falls into my "just because you can, doesn't mean you should" category....
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