A few weeks ago, I traveled to Kazakhstan for the first time where I spent two nights in the capital city of Astana. I flew from Dubai to Astana via Frankfurt (and back) in Lufthansa First Class using my miles and needless to say, it was one of the best trips I've ever had. I had a separate ticket on Qatar Airways between Stockholm and Dubai where I flew in economy class on the outbound and business class on the inbound. My business class ticket on Qatar Airways from Dubai gave me the chance to visit their newly opened lounge which was really nice, as well as that of British Airways'. This whole trip lasted for a week and eventhough it was very extensive, I loved every single minute of it!
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Flight: QR 1023
Departure time, DXB: 13:30
Arrival time, DOH: 13:40
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300 ER
Duration: 1h 10m
Date of flight: September 13, 2016
*Revenue Ticket, Business Class flight #110
Dubai International Airport Terminal 1
Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Muraqabat where I stayed the night before and since there was no traffic, the journey went quickly. I was at the airport more than 4 hours before departure which was good since I wanted to have enough time to visit the Qatar Airways Premium Lounge as well as that of British Airways and the Skyteam Lounge.
There was no fast track lane for premium passengers although there was not much people so it went pretty quickly. After the passport and security control, I took the train to the departure gates.
Qatar Airways Premium Lounge
Qatar Airways Premium Lounge. I have to say that the staff were very friendly and that the food and drinks offering were extensive. Furthermore, the design is very elegant and reminded me of their very own Al Mourjan Business Lounge in Doha which was awarded the best business class lounge in the world by Skytrax. I was also able to visit the British Airways Galleries Club which although not as impressive because of the limited food offering, was still a very nice lounge compared to the one they had in Concourse C. A little after 12:30pm, I left the lounge and headed to the departure gate.
Boarding, gate D13
As I boarded, I was welcomed by Grace, the Filipina Cabin Service Director, who then directed me to my seat.
Moments later, I was offered some Arabic coffee and dates. I had to decline but requested to take their photo which was granted. Thanks guys!
Around 1:20pm, the captain came on the PA to welcome us onboard.
We had a smooth take off and moments later, we were airborne.
my flight from Abu Dhabi to Doha earlier this year was almost full and the service was fantastic. Again, I salute the crew for such an amazing job.
My prawn salad was tasty as usual although I had to skip the dessert since I was already full.
Arrival in Doha Hamad International Airport
Just like my previous intra-gulf flights on Qatar Airways, this turn out very well again. The flight attendants were very friendly and professional, the food was great and the service excellent. I loved the special gift we got for the celebration of Eid as it only shows they wanted to make this flight special. To all the crew on this flight, "Shukran!"
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