aTP- Arab tourism portal- Qatar Airways (QA) started non-stop service between Doha and Ras Al Khaimah on Tuesday, its fifth destination in the UAE. Ras Al Khaimah is known to be a gateway to many of the UAE’s natural treasures, popular for weekend getaways for travellers from the GCC, and a resort destination for longer stays for travellers from China, Europe and India. The inaugural flight arrived with a QA delegation, led by Chief Commercial Officer Dr Hugh Dunleavy.
The flight was officially welcomed by Engineer Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman, Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al Khaimah; Mohammed Qazi, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport; and Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.
QA’s Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: “We are delighted to launch our newest route in the UAE — Ras Al Khaimah. “QA’s network expansion will increase the flexibility and choice for our passengers to travel to and from emirates in the UAE and we look forward to enhancing passengers’ travel opportunities from Europe, Asia and the Americas to new tourist destinations in the region such as Ras Al Khaimah.
” Ras Al Khaimah is in the northern part of the UAE, about 45 minutes from Dubai. With the opening of many five-star beach resorts and spas, the emirate has quickly become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region.
It offers a wide range of activities such as water sports, cruises, desert camps, golf courses and mountain adventures. QA now offers up to 200 weekly flights from Doha to the UAE, including the new four flights to Ras Al Khaimah: 105 a week to Dubai International Airport; 28 a week to Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport; 42 a week to Abu Dhabi; and 21 flights a week to Sharjah.
An Airbus A320 operates the Ras Al Khaimah route, featuring 144 seats in a two-class configuration of 12 in Business Class and 132 in Economy. The Doha-Ras Al Khaimah four-weekly operation: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: Departs Doha QR1120 at 20:15 and arrives in Ras Al Khaimah at 22:30; departs Ras Al Khaimah QR1121 at 23:30 and arrives in Doha at 23:45.