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Posted On: 23 December 2019 06:19 pm
Updated On: 16 August 2022 05:30 pm

Top 5 new Qatar Airways destinations to go to in 2020

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We all love making lists when a new year comes. And that includes our travel list! If you're still searching for the next destinations you'll be heading to in the coming months, here's something to help you with your travel plans.

Qatar Airways, the multiple award-winning national carrier of the State of Qatar, has recently announced new destinations for late 2019 and the first half of 2020 to its growing network. And that only means one thing, more places to go to from Qatar! So scroll down and get ready to add more to your bucket list!

Where to go in 2020 from Qatar

1. Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi, also known as "The Jewel of Kedah", is the airline's eight new destination in 2019, with the first flight landing on October 15, 2019, in Langkawi International Airport. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner operates via Penang and flies five times weekly to the archipelago. Qatar Airways is the first middle eastern airlines to fly to Langkawi.

Where to go and what to do:

Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark, the first UNESCO Geopark in Southeast Asia, is not to be missed. Discover more than 550 million years of geological and biological history in these 99 islands.

Take a picture with Dataran Lang, a 12-ft eagle with its wings spread wide open and then ride the Cable Car to the top of Mt Mat Cincang. For the adventurers, Langkawi Sky Bridge offers a thrilling view from 700 meters above sea level. If you prefer something more grounded, visit Langkawi Legend Park, the open-air garden museum to learn about the island's legends and folktales.

And of course, don't forget to check out at least one beach, as Langkawi is one of Malaysia's popular beach destinations.

Beyond: Penang, another UNESCO Heritage Site, is on the way to Langkawi. Penang is a famous food and art destination.

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  • Flight Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

2. Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone is the ninth new destination launched by the airline in 2019 and the third in Africa in 2019. The inaugural flight landed in Sir Seretse Khama International Airport on December 15, 2019.

Qatar Airways is the only non-African operator to offer flights to Botswana with the launch of its three-times weekly service with an Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

Where to go and what to do:

Have your NatGeo moment with a trip to Gaborone Game Reserve and see interesting animals like wildebeest, eland, gemsbok, hartebeest, and impala in the wild. Pay a visit to the Three Chiefs Monument and learn how these people changed the history of Botswana. Hike up Kgale Hill and watch the sunset with a view of the city. Stay, shop, and eat at Gaborone Central Business District where the city's first mall and hotel still stands.

Beyond: Okavango Delta, a UNESCO Heritage site and an important wildlife area is an hour-flight from Gaborone.

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  • Flight schedule: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

3. Osaka, Japan

The much-awaited inaugural flight of Qatar Airways to Osaka is departing on 6 April. Just in time for the forecasted cherry blossom season!

There will be five weekly flights expanding to daily from 23 June 2020 and will be operated by Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Osaka will be the airline’s third gateway into the Land of the Rising Sun.

Where to go and what to do:

The second-largest metropolitan area in Japan has much to offer in terms of history, food, nightlife, and architecture.

Osaka Castle Park is one of the iconic spots where travelers can enjoy the castle museum and surrounding park while learning about the history of Osaka. Afterward, head to Dotonbori at night to have your fill of Japanese food and shopping.

If you're a Harry Potter fan, spend a day at Universal Studios Japan and explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Check out the tallest building in Osaka, Abeno Harukas, and view the city from the 58th to the 60th floor. Another destination for foodies is Kuromon Market.

Beyond: Visitors can easily take day trips to Nara, Kobe, and Kyoto from Osaka.

  • Flight schedule: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday (Tuesday and Thursday added from 23 June 2020)

4. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Qatar Airways will be starting flights to Dubrovnik, the Jewel of the Adriatic on April 20, 2020. There will be initially three flights a week and then five times a week starting May 18, 2020, until the end of September. Flights will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft. This will be the airlines' second destination in Croatia after Zagreb.

Where to go and what to do:

It will be amiss for any Game of Thrones fan if they will not do the GoT tour while in Dubrovnik, where the Red Keep was filmed. Walk the narrow streets of the Old Town and walk along the Ancient City Walls. Take the cable car to Srd and watch the sunset with a view of the city below.

Board one of the taxi boats and head to Lokrum Island to spend some time in the sun.

Beyond: Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Montenegro is easily accessible from Dubrovnik.

5. Santorini, Greece

Starting May 20, 2020, Qatar Airways will be operating seasonal flights to Santorini, Greece. There will be up to four weekly flights by Airbus A320.

Where to go and what to do:

This destination does not need much introduction as it has been one of the most popular islands in Greece.

Walk along the cobbled streets of Fira, the capital city until you reach Oia. Watching the sunset in Oia is probably the most favorite activity, as evidenced by the crowd that gathers in the cliff town during dusk.

Hike to the top of Santorini volcano or sail around Santorini. Better yet, go beach hopping and take a dip in Santorini's famous beaches. If you're an archaeology fan, the ancient site of Akrotiri is worth a visit.

And of course, don't forget to sample the local dishes!

Beyond: Famous destinations after visiting Santorini are Mykonos, Ios, and Naxos.

Sources: Qatar Airways press releases

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