Doha Transportation

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    Karwa Taxis and Buses

    by shala_booo Updated May 18, 2007

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    I've been living in Doha for 2yrs and I have to say transportation has improved. The old smelly orange taxis had been abolished and replaced by nice looking blue-green cars.
    All speaks english and will take you everywhere you need. Additional fares are added if you will be taken out of Doha so know exactly where youre going.
    Buses have been recently operational and I suggest you get a "marhaba" book to see an illustrated map of Doha, the routes are a bit complicated but if you know where you're going, that'll be a piece of cake.
    If you need a taxi pick up, call their 24-hr call center but I suggest you call the night before if you need the taxi in the morning or at least two hours before when you need it.
    Limosine service are also available 24hrs at the airport.

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    No Aerobridge at Doha Airport

    by zuyao Written Feb 10, 2007

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    It's funny there's no aerobridge at Doha International Airport. We have to walk down the stairs from the plane and board a bus that brings us to the terminal building. But on arriving in the terminal, the staffs are helpful and friendly. Most people arriving at Doha are on transit to somewhere else. Just walk straight ahead for security check. If your destination is Doha, turn right for the immigration counters.

    For transit passengers, there will be some ladies just after the security check helping with any queries. The information display boards are also good. There are plenty of seats to rest while waiting for the onward flight. There is even a quiet room if you need to nap. Avoid long transit hours though because the airport is small and there is not much to keep you entertained.

    In fact, the next time I come for transit, I intend to take a short tour of the city, if they allow me to. At least then I could have a look at the real Doha.

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    Expensive to eat at Doha Airport

    by zuyao Written Feb 10, 2007

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    It's pretty expensive to eat in Doha airport. I had a fish burger and a root beer float for 28 riyals. That's like RM28 for something than would cost less than RM10 in KL. And it doesn't taste any nicer. There is also a food court selling things that don't look appetizing. However there are 2 cafes which look quite nice. Didn't try that though but are pricey too.

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    Wifi At Doha Airport

    by zuyao Written Feb 9, 2007

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    If you are waiting for a transit at Doha airpot, most likely you would like to get some internet connection. There are some PCs on the 1st floor - FOC. If you would like to get free wifi, just hang around near the escalator coming up from the middle of the duty free zone. That's where I've found network to be the strongest.

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    5 STAR AIRLINE - NO WAY !

    by DAO Updated Jan 23, 2007

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    Qatar Airways promotes itself as the world’s ‘Only 5 Star Airline’. They must be the only ones to believe that rubbish. My first flight with tem was on a plane that looked like it had been decorated to look like a bad message parlour/brothel. The seats were poorly covered; amenities poor and the staff looked bored or were extremely indifferent. I would not have given it anything but a 2.5 star rating. Free drinks had to be coerced out of the staff who acted like they were the ones paying for them. The TV screen had a couple of channels that could not be stopped or paused like on GOOD AIRLINES. And their prices can be shocking.

    Their organisation on the Ground during a transfer to Yemen was scary. The flight to Yemen was, in my experienced opinion, unsafe. The staff could not control a large group of women and seating was thrown into chaos. The crew did not have a good understanding of English and spoke no Arabic. Arguments broke out among passengers because everyone was in the wrong seat and many would not sit down. We were delayed ON THE PLANE by 1 hour because of this. They disregarded many sections of the safety briefing due to time and seeming lack of training. Shocking. Movies? None. Drinks? 1 and that was trouble to get. I have some peanuts thrown at me and the whole flight was like a zoo. Passengers used mobiles actively the whole flight and no staff member did anything about it.

    5 Star Airline? No. 5 Ring Circus and total rip-off? Yes.

    Qatar Airways. Do not fly them.

    Fly Emirates. Wish I had.

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    Doha airport and stopover possibility

    by hydronetta Written Jan 18, 2007

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    Unlike what I've read in report in Skytrax, I found Doha airport just fine for what it mainly is: a transit airport! Modern, spacious, though embarking the planes always takes place with buses.
    The duty free is nothing to duy for specially for electronics, but if you happen to be a smoker like me, then it is a heaven on earth because cigarettes came 1/3 of their price they are sold in Greece.
    It proved to be a busy airport specially at might time. If you happen to spend the night at Doha in case your flight is next morning, then you're given a voucher with your hotel name on it. Then after waiting some time (which seemed endless) you pass through emmigration control (a long queue but quicly qoing through) and then you look for the van to your hotel.
    In Doha we stayed at Al Sayeed Hotel probably centrally located which was a nice hotel and we were given the previledge to have dinner and breakfast which both were gorgious. I suspect most of the clientele were travellers like us!!
    In case you consider stopping over in Qatar think carefully as hotel prices are high!!

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    Qatar airways experience

    by hydronetta Written Jan 4, 2007

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    Voted as a 5 star airline by Skytrax was a serious reason for me to choose Qatar airways for flying to Myanmar. Apart from that was its competitive price compared to that of Thai.
    My overall impression was about mixed and rather average. Flights were punctual indeed, the planes in good condition, flights attendants multilingual and helpful, food just ok but what they lacked compared to Emirates was inflight entertainment. Overhead tv displaying films which in most cases were uninteresting. So flying time was very boring (specially Athens-Doha section where the plane was smaller)
    I found them too hysteric with baggage excess weight not to mention what problems they caused to me because I didn't have a visa in my passport. I showed them my visa on arrival approval letter but they refused to let me get in the plane as "this was not official document"!! So I lost the flight!!!!!!!! You can imagine my dissapointment. Next day I contacted their headquarters, they apologised for not being properly informed about this possibility and they put me in the first plane to fly to Doha and onwards to Yangon

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    Mowasalat

    by alvinchiazy Written Dec 30, 2006
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    very buses, services not frequent, one misly bus station, buses are parked for half an hour before departing, women must be advised to sit right in front, near the driver.
    pretty much the same for taxis. thankfully there has been an vast increase in number of taxis and buses due to the Asian Games. So taxis and buses should not be of a problem now.

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    Mowasalat

    by alvinchiazy Written Dec 30, 2006

    very buses, services not frequent, one misly bus station, buses are parked for half an hour before departing, women must be advised to sit right in front, near the driver.
    pretty much the same for taxis. thankfully there has been an vast increase in number of taxis and buses due to the Asian Games. So taxis and buses should not be of a problem now.

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    Green Cab

    by mikoykoy Updated Jul 4, 2006

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    Karwa Taxi - courteous drivers. You feel safe to travel because the drivers were trained for more than 2 months in order to know the major thoroughfare around Doha. Cars being used are all new and equip with GPS navigational system.

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    Doha International Airport - OTBD

    by frankcanfly Updated Apr 3, 2006

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    This convenient airport is located nearly right downtown! But it looks like they're filling-in some open water to the east in the shape of a runway.....

    Doha is the base/hub of Qatar airways, and offers frequent direct flights to many international destinations throughout Asia, Africa and Europe. They have been rated one of the best airlines in the world.

    The website has a great interactive route map.

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    ready for some adventure

    by terps94 Written Mar 3, 2006

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    If you decide to drive in Doha make sure to keep your eyes open. From what I was told Qatari didn't start driving until the '80s so some of them tend to be agressive drivers. When you are entering a traffic circle the right line is if your taking the first exit and 2nd lane is for the 2nd or 3rd exit and the inner lane is for for going around the traffice circle. Offensive driving comes to mind if you are in Doha especially during the weekends

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    Qatar Airways...Never Again

    by samboy Written Jan 20, 2006

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    I just thought that I should share this with everyone.

    If possible, don't fly with Qatar Airways. I had to fly Qatar Airways from London to Kuala Lumpur for a friends wedding as this was the cheapest option by about £200. After the experience, I think next time I will opt to pay the extra £200 and get a more expensive flight.

    Qatar Airways is advertised as a 5star airline. I don't know how these ratings are given out for airlines but I definitely disagree. I am used to flying with Singapore Airlines and I think the Qatar is definitely not in the same class. One example is that when food was served, the passenger in front was reclined. Normally on Singapore Airlines, all passengers are asked to put the seats up during meal time...nevertheless, that wasn't what astounded me. When we asked the flight attendant to request the passenger in front to put his seat up, we were flatly told, 'No, you ask him yourself...sir'.

    WHAT THE *&^%!?!

    I rest my case.

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    Ride the Oryx to Doha

    by alvinchiazy Updated Oct 7, 2005

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    making your way to Doha is best done by embarking on their national carrier, Qatar Airways. the experience you get onboard is one which truly brings out the Qatari essence in it in terms of hospitality. Their planes on certain routes are relatively new, which is a joy to be on.

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    Taxi travels

    by indntrvlr Written Aug 3, 2005

    The latet news I heard on the radio around the last week of July was that they were planning to start public bus service in Doha.
    To give you an idea of the transportation situation - if in a city, 90% of the population owns 4 wheelers, for the remaining 10om the lower economic class, only means are - a. used cars b. taxi cabs c. bicycles.
    No. of Taxi cabs in Doha are less compared to the number of people who wait for them in line.
    Taxi cabs one has in Doha today are
    a. the Orange White cabs which are the oldest taxi service
    b. the Karwaa taxi
    The latter is a more modern fleet of cars, [Corolla/Camry] while the former are owner driven, more battered services.
    c. Private cabs - these are people who drive in their spare time to ferry people standing on the road sides. They make an extra buck in these trying times when the house rents have shot up about 200% over the last year.
    Taxi is the only public transport available in the city of Doha - driven mostly by Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Afgans, Nepalis or Indians [South Indians - esp. from the state of Kerala].
    The Old taxis start the meter at 2.0 Qatari Riyal
    The Karwaa fleet with a more modern meter, and a GPRS system start at QR 3.0

    Doha city is very small and on an average, if you travel about 3.5 km, you would end up paying 6.5 QR traveling the distance in about 7 odd minutes. [as of 17th Jul 05]

    If you get into a taxi, and talk to him in Hindi/Urdu [ native toungue of india/pakistan] you can get his number and call him up for your service. This is esp. true for the Karwaa cabbie. Though taxis can't be relied upon to come when you call them - they can take anything upto 45 min to 120 min, if you know some private driver, that would be more reliable.
    Once the fleet of taxis is upgraded, more commoners and tourists can depend on them and also on the upcoming bus service.
    With the Doha Asian Games coming up in Sept 2006, the need for a public transport system is much awaited.
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