Qatar Air's leisure unit set for GCC expansion

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Qatar Airways Holidays, the airline’s leisure division, has begun expanding its operations across the GCC, with the opening of six dedicated Holiday Shops across the region.

Two of the new Holiday Shops recently opened in Dubai and Kuwait and later this month, additional Holiday Shops will open in Bahrain and Muscat with Dammam and Riyadh to follow.

The openings coincide with the release of the Qatar Airways Summer Brochure 2013, a statement said.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said a dedicated service for the airline’s holiday makers across the GCC will ensure they receive the best customer care.

“Many of our customers look for expert advice and assistance when deciding how to best plan their vacation and our aim is to make their holidays memorable and enjoyable by providing support and quality customer care throughout the entire booking service,” Al Baker said.

“We look forward to seeing many of our customers from across the GCC taking advantage of our new shops and planning their next dream vacation,” he said.

Qatar Airways Holidays offers holiday packages to destinations across the globe covering Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the US.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth, currently flying a fleet of 127 aircraft to 128 business and leisure destinations worldwide.

Qatar Airways has so far launched six destinations this year – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman) and Basra (Iraq).

Over the next few months, the network will expand with the addition of further destinations – Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (August 20), Chengdu, China (September 3), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 27) and Philadelphia, USA (April 2014).

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