When visiting Dubai, the journey there is half the fun. If you haven’t already travelled to the Middle East, then you really are in for a treat, especially if you choose to fly with Qatar Airways. It makes the 7-hour journey from the UK feel more like part of your holiday, rather than a necessary evil that you just have to grim and bear.
Unlike western airlines, which relentlessly try to make as much money out of their passengers as possible by squeezing them into overcrowded cabins, Qatar airways, oozing with all the style and extravagance you would expect from the richest nation in the world is in a class of its own. Here are my top reasons why I only fly Qatar Airways when travelling from the UK to Dubai.
Described as a 5-star flying experience, it’s not hard to see why. From the moment you arrive at the airport to check in your bags, to the moment you step off the plane in Dubai, the service and quality of both the aircraft and staff are second to none.
It’s easy to forget the importance of the pre-flight facilities when choosing your airline. This is a rooky error. Remember with most international flights you will be hanging around the airport for about 3 hours before your flight. Present in most of the main UK airports, Qatar Airways lounges are definitely worth upgrading for.
The premium lounge in Heathrow is particularly impressive, boasting Arabic style water fountains and elegant seating areas and restaurants. There are some great opportunities to upgrade using Qatar Airways promo codes if you know where to look.
It is the on-board service however, where Qatar Airways absolutely excels in terms of service. Their cabin crew have been voted the best in the Middle East for seven consecutive years and it’s not hard to see why. When you step onto the plane the attentive flight attendants will show you to your seat and explain the ins and outs of the on-board entertainment and food and drinks menu.
Before and after take-off the attendants walk around the cabin offering passengers complementary scented flannels to freshen up which is a nice touch, especially at the end of the flight. A truly international airline, Multi-lingual flight attendants are common place with Qatar airways.
The meals on board a Qatar Airways flight are the best you will find on a flight. They are always served warm and taste fantastic, which is saying something coming from a self-proclaimed fussy eater. On flights from the UK you usually have the choice of a western style meal like roasted chicken or pasta, as well as middle eastern dishes such as an Arabic Meze. The one small thing they could improve on is increasing their vegetarian options.
Flying economy class with Qatar Airways is more like flying the business class of other airlines. The seats are comfortable and spacious with plenty of room so you can make yourself comfortable. You are also supplied with a fresh blanket and pillow.
Most of their flights now have on-board wi-fi available throughout the plane and there are power outlets, USB plugs and a personal telephone available to economy passengers. This is a huge plus as most airlines will only supply business and first class customers with these facilities. The inflight entertainment system is superb with more than 3000 options to choose from. This range from newly released films, TV shows, radio stations and video games to choose from.
The best part about flying with Qatar airways to Dubai is that this exceptional service is extremely reasonably priced. You are exposed to a continuous fell of luxury, without the luxury price tag to go with it. Keep your eyes peeled for speical promo codes which can offer you upgrades or extra travel points.
In summary, after flying with Qatar Airways once, it’s hard to imagine travelling on a long-haul flight with a different airline again. As a frequent flyer from the UK to Dubai, I have yet to find an airline with better value for money or service.