In a bid to make the first-ever FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ hosted in the Middle East and Arab world an all-inclusive gala event, Qatar Airways, the state-owned flag carrier airline of Qatar on Thursday announced tied up with flydubai, Kuwait Airways, Oman Air and Saudia to connect match ticket holders to Doha via Match Day Shuttle flights for 24-hour experiences.
Match Day Shuttle Flights
Football fans in Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will soon be able to book their Match Day Shuttle flights. This service is intended to connect fans smoothly to Qatar, allowing them to attend their respective matches, enjoy the sights and sounds of the host country, and depart Doha on the same day.
Match Day Shuttle tickets will kick off at extremely competitive prices along with rotating frequencies from Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait City, Muscat and Riyadh.
Fans are invited to visit qatarairways.com/MatchDayShuttle and the partner airlines’ websites to learn more and secure their flights.
Qatar Airways will also be adding more Match Day Shuttle flights across the GCC in the future, as well as flying in football fans from around the world on its extensive global network.
Passengers who book a Match Day Shuttle service will enjoy a smooth journey that includes specialised on-ground transportation between the airport and the stadium.
Fans who buy a Match Day Shuttle flight will arrive in the morning and depart in the evening, with no need for hotel accommodations. A no-check-in luggage policy will also make it easier for passengers to plan an easy-in, easy-out travel itinerary.
Shuttle Flight Frequency
The Match Day Shuttle service, coupled with its many benefits, will make travelling to Doha a seamless experience. The rotations of flight frequencies will be as follows*:
|Carrier||City||Total flights per day||Rotations|
|Kuwait Airways||Kuwait City||20||10|
|Saudia||Riyadh and Jeddah||40||20|
Airlines Signed MoU
The new collaboration between the GCC national airlines was formalized today (26th May 2022) with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during a press conference in Doha, Qatar.
The main attendees at the occasion were H.E. Mr Akbar Al Baker, Eng. Yasir Al Jamal, Mr Ghaith Al Ghaith, Eng. Maen Mahmoud Razouqi, Mr. Abdulaziz Al Raisi, and Captain Ibrahim S. Koshy.
FIFA World Cup Stadiums And Seats Capacity
The tournament will be held across eight world-class stadiums which are designed to inspire the various symbols of Qatari and Arab culture. Al Bayt Stadium will host the opening game with a capacity of 60,000 seats, while Lusail Stadium is set to host the final match of the tournament, with a capacity of 80,000 seats.
The remaining stadiums will house 40,000 spectators. These include Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Education City Stadium, Stadium 974 and Al Thumama Stadium.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker, said:
“Connecting fans and shared love for football are at the heart of this game-changing partnership. We are immensely privileged to have the opportunity to unite fans from all walks of life to enjoy the beautiful game at its best while introducing them to our hospitable culture and traditions. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will be the first in the Middle East and Arab world, and we have always believed that a win for Qatar is a win for the region.”
H.E. Mr Al Baker added: “The landscape of this tournament gives us the opportunity to spread the business with various regional airlines. Our combined bandwidth with flydubai, Kuwait Airways, Oman Air and Saudia will create travel flexibility that will bridge cultures and give fans the chance to explore multiple places in the Middle East.”
Eng. Yasir Al Jamal, Director General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said:
“Right from the start, we have said Qatar 2022 is a FIFA World Cup for the entire region – and the announcement of the Match Day Shuttle service will make it even easier for many thousands of fans to be able to attend the first tournament in the Middle East and Arab world.”
“Our digital Hayya (Fan ID) will enable a seamless fan journey for those visiting for the tournament, and with the amazing opportunity of attending more than one match in a day, we look forward to welcoming fans from across the region as they immerse themselves in the exciting football and enjoy our famous hospitality. Our sincere thanks to Qatar Airways and their partners for delivering this special project, which will help us host a memorable and outstanding edition of the FIFA World Cup,” he added.
Mr Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said:
“We are very pleased to be part of this game-changing partnership with Qatar Airways and the other partner GCC national carriers. This will allow us to welcome more football fans and visitors from all over the world to experience the warm hospitality and rich culture of our region. Having recently hosted a global event in Dubai, we know first-hand the positive impact such events have not only on the travel and hospitality sectors but also on the wider economy and the overall morale. We are honoured to be able to play a part in supporting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™; enabling more people to share in the joy of the beautiful game via our 30 daily return Match Day Shuttle flights between Dubai and Doha.”
Kuwait Airways Chairman, Captain Ali Dukhan, said:
“We are proud to facilitate the transfer and travels of fans to and from Qatar for this monumental event. Not only does this agreement enhance the connectivity of our gulf nations, but also facilitates the social and economic growth emphasized by Kuwait’s government. We hope to share the excitement of the residents of Kuwait, the GCC, and the world throughout the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and beyond by playing our role in the aviation industry in connecting Kuwait to the world.”
Oman Air Chief Executive Officer, Mr Abdulaziz Al Raisi, said:
“We’re immensely proud to join our partners as we connect football fans to the sport they love and enhance their experience with convenient and seamless travel options tailored to busy schedules. Match Day Shuttle flights are a great way for fans to see more of the rich and vibrant cultures that abound in the region. As the football world comes together in Qatar, Oman Air is ready to welcome everyone on board to enjoy the signature warmth and hospitality Omanis are renowned for.”
Saudia Chief Executive Officer, Captain Ibrahim S. Koshy, said:
“Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) is pleased to be offering flights from two main gateways, Riyadh and Jeddah, for fans to conveniently travel to attend the highly-anticipated FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Through the spirit of sport, we look forward to welcoming guests from around the world to visit the region and experience the signature Saudi hospitality on board, in addition to exploring a unique culture and heritage.”