DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is pleased to welcome even more visitors from around the world to
Qatar with the new electronic visitor authorisation system, launched recently by Ministry of Interior of
the State of Qatar and Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC).
The new electronic visitor authorisation system will enable residents of Qatar to invite family and
relatives from around the world to visit Qatar during the exciting ‘Summer in Qatar’ programme and
obtain a free visa upon arrival after applying through the online
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “The new electronic
visitor authorisation system helps solidify Qatar’s ranking as the most open country in the region in
terms of visa facilitation. The implementation of this system is a significant achievement for Qatar, as
it streamlines the application process, enabling visitors of all nationalities to apply to enter our country
and receive a free visa upon arrival. We are proud to offer a warm Qatari welcome to visitors from
around the world, and look forward to offering them a taste of our genuine Arabian hospitality.”
“This important initiative developed by the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar and Qatar National
Tourism Council will enable us to welcome even more visitors, from even more countries, to
experience the many exciting attractions that await them during the ‘Summer in Qatar’ programme,
Qatar continues to soar high in the sky where borders and boundaries do not exist, only horizons. We
are overjoyed to continue bringing people together, one of our core values.”
The UN World Tourism Organization recently ranked Qatar as the ‘Most Open Destination in the
Middle East’ and the eighth most open destination worldwide in terms of visa facilitation. The new
facilitation during the ‘Summer in Qatar’ programme will further enhance Qatar’s openness, and enrich
Qatar Airways recently partnered with QNTC to offer passengers up to 25 per cent discount on airfares
for all flights to Doha as a final destination from more than 160 destinations worldwide on bookings
up to 15 August, enabling customers to enjoy fun-filled ‘Summer in Qatar’ activities.
To book your flight, visit www.qatarairways.com/SummerInQatar.
This year’s ‘Summer in Qatar’ programme introduces a wide range of exciting indoor activities and
outdoor experiences, fun for family and friends. Entertainment programs will feature regional and
international artists, edutainment, sports camps and special promotions on inbound travel, hospitality
and shopping. Nine world-class malls across Doha will be participating in the festivities, offering retail
savings of up to 70 per cent, and a chance to win up to USD $2 million in prizes, including the grand
prize of a McLaren 570S. To learn more about ‘Summer in Qatar’ events, please
Qatar Museums will offer authentic experiences, enabling visitors to immerse themselves in Qatar’s
rich heritage and cultural scene. Souq Waqif and Katara Cultural Village will bring vibrancy to the
summer with family fun and entertainment shows during Eid Al-Adha.
Music enthusiasts can mark their calendars as celebrated names are set to rock ‘Summer in Qatar’.
These include international and Arab artists as well as a number of Bollywood singers performing at
the Bollywood Musical Festival. Movie buffs will have a chance to attend the glittering South Indian
International Movie Awards (SIIMA). Comedy fans can anticipate the return of the Doha Comedy
Festival, while the little ones will enjoy numerous stage shows including ‘Hello Kitty’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘The
Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Smurfs’.
In addition, passengers already booked on Qatar Airways flights can also take advantage of a unique
stopover package designed to give travellers transiting through Qatar the opportunity to discover Doha
with amazing luxury hotel stays and complimentary transit visas.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad
International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide. HIA has recently been ranked as
fourth best airport in the world at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2019. Additionally, the airport has
been ranked as a five-star Airport and was honoured with the title of ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’
for the fifth year in a row and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the fourth year in a row.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018
World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also
named ‘Best Business Class Seat’, ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, and ‘World’s Best First Class
Qatar Airways is adding a number of other new destinations to its extensive route network in 2019,
including Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; Mogadishu, Somalia and Langkawi, Malaysia.