Accessibility and Transportation
Qatar’s unique location close to the Indian, Southeast Asian and Far East economic powerhouses, as well as the consumer markets of the west, has set the stage for this new global crossroads. Qatar is only six hours away from the capital cities of Europe and Asia and 13 hours from major destinations in North America. Doha International Airport is served by 35 international airlines which all operate regular scheduled flights from Europe, the US and the Asia-Pacific region among others. The airport is just five kilometers from the city center. Qatar Airways is leading the race in redeveloping the region’s future aviation hub – the new Hamad International Airport (opened in May 2014). Situated approximately four kilometers east of the existing airport, this new facility is the world’s first airport to accommodate unrestricted operations by all commercial aircraft, including the A380 – the largest passenger aircraft ever built.
Qatar Airways operate a modern fleet of 119 Airbus and Boeing aircraft and with over 250 more on order, Qatar Airways is one of the world’s fastest growing carriers. It is one of only six airlines to be awarded five – star status by Skytrax and is consistently ranked as the Middle East’s top airline rated Best Middle East Airline for six consecutive years and named Airline of the Year 2011 and 2012 by Aviation Business. Qatar Airways currently flies to more than 120 diverse business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, the Far East and North America. The airline’s code-share partners include All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, Malaysia Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Philippine Airlines, US Airways, Azerbaijan Airlines, SNCF and Oman Air.
Other international airlines delegates also benefit from the air services of nearby hubs Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Both cities are less than one hour away from Doha and offer additional connections to international destinations, further enhancing Qatar’s global access. European and African carriers operate direct services to Doha and regional hubs. USA national airline Delta flies from Atlanta to Dubai and United flies from Chicago to Dubai. US Airways is Qatar Airways’ partner in USA and connections can be made via New York, Washington, Houston and Montreal from any city in North America. Qatar Airways currently flies to more than 120 destinations directly covering all regions.
The national transport company Mowasalat operates bus, taxi and limousine services. Taxi service is 24 hours; taxis can be hailed from the side of the road. The fare from the airport to any destination in Doha by cab is approximately QAR40 (US$11). Limousines can be booked for specific journeys or by the hour.
Buses run an extensive route through Doha and the suburbs.
Nationals of the following countries with a passport valid for more than six months can apply for a 30 day entry visa for either business or leisure travel upon arrival to Qatar or at their local embassy:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, US, Vatican.
Payment is made upon arrival at the immigration desk with Visa, Visa-Electron, Mastercard, Maestro or E-Cash – the cost is 100QAR (US$ 27.45). A hotel booking or the presence of relatives in the country is required. This visa also allows access to Oman during the 30 days validity.
Nationals who are not eligible to receive a visa on arrival will be assisted by their hotel or the Conference organizer to process their visa prior to their visit.