Qatar Airways, the airline featuring the much lauded Qsuite in business class, is an airline I always enjoying flying. There are no Qsuites on the Boeing 787-8 that serves the Dublin to Doha route, but I knew that before I booked.
While some people will tell you that a business class seat without a door is akin to having to sleep on a bed of nails, I really don’t care either way. You still get the excellent Qatar on board experience and that is well worth it.
After a short wait, I was seen at check-in and when I advised I was going to Sydney, she replied my ticket only said Doha. Once I explained I had separate tickets, the agent checked me all the way through and took my bag. I whizzed through Fast-Track security and then headed for the lounge.
The East Lounge featured a nice breakfast buffet, so I had a sausage, hash brown, black pudding, white pudding and cheese omelette for a light meal. That was washed down with some juice and a Prosecco, before it was time to head to Gate 305.
QR20 – Dublin to Doha (DUB-DOH)
1 February 2024
Boeing 787-8 – A7-BCR
Seat: Business Class 2A
Departure: 07:35 Arrival: 17:35
Boarding was called, with priority customers invited to go first. I was elsewhere when the announcement was made, so for a change I wasn’t one of the first on board.
The Business Class Cabin
All seats on Qatar Airways have aisle access, generous size entertainment screens and are decked out in maroon and grey. There are no overhead bins in the centre of the cabin, giving a spacious feel. There is still plenty of space for all passengers to store cabin bags.
Cabin crew are quick to greet you and offer a welcome drink and I took the signature juice as no alcohol was offered. Next I sat back and relaxed, reviewing the menu before departure.
What Can You Eat On Dublin to Doha?
With a seven hour flight time and being scheduled for 7:30am, it is not surprising that it is breakfast on offer. Perennial items such as the assiette of cold cuts and the traditional Arabic breakfast were, reassuringly, still available as always.
Both the Laurient-Perrier Grand Cuvee Alexandra Rose 2007 Champagne and the Chateau Bouscaut Bordeaux had come recommended, so I planned trying those drinks at the very least. By now the doors had closed and we headed for the runway and into the sky.
Time For Drinks!
Once in the air, I ordered the Champagne which was quickly delivered. The crew were happy to let me have a picture of the bottle, which is always nice.
After nibbling on some nuts and having a drink, I headed off to the immaculate bathroom for a visit. These are always kept spotless on Qatar Airways, which is something I really like.
Breakfast Is Served
For breakfast, I went for something different, starting with Greek yoghurt and following up with the chia pudding. Both turned out to be extremely light compared to what I could have had.
Both tasted quite nice and I finished off with a glass of wine and some crisps. Since I had planned to get a little sleep during the flight, the fact I appeared to have no headphones at my seat didn’t bother me at all.
When ordering breakfast, I had also reserved an afternoon tea for later. Those that regularly read my reviews know full well that I am a sucker for a good afternoon tea when flying.
Faultless as usual, and after that was collected, it was not long until we landed. From there it was onto the business class bus and into the terminal.
Qatar Airways offers an excellent business class experience, no matter which seat you get. The dine on demand concept works extremely well and the food on board is always of great quality.
With some appropriately premium drinks like the Laurent-Perrier Champagne among others, it all makes for a well rounded experience. I’ve done it before and will no doubt do it again.
Have you flown business class from Dublin to Doha or anywhere on Qatar Airways? What do you think of them? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.