Abu Dhabi to Philippines

by: xtian001

In: Abu Dhabi | Middle East | Qatar | Qatar Airways | Transportation | UAE

16 Jul 2011

My previous post was cut short as I was called for my turn at the Six Senses Spa in the Pearl Lounge in Abu Dhabi. For those who are going there, my tip is to get a schedule early upon arriving at the lounge. The lounge is quite good but may be small especially when the hub gets busy. Boarding wasn’t the best I’ve seen, actually, one of the most chaotic. There was another Xray screening on the boarding area and the area itself can not even accommodate all passengers going in. There was a big overflow and the lines were quite long. Even the line dedicated for First Class/Business/Gold members wasn’t followed.

Upon showing our boarding passes at the gate, I was offered a Business seat but turned it down as there was only one seat available. I’d rather stay with Mavis and Xiane at the Coral Economy.

The good:
The seats were actually good and has better legroom than Qatar Airways. Even if the seat in front reclines, the legroom is still sufficient unless you’re probably 6 ft. tall.

Food in Pearl Lounge is better than QA’s Lounge in Doha. You have better choices plus you also get a kids room with a nanny to boot. You also get a 15 minute free massage if time and schedule permits.

The bad:
The Inflight Media System starts at least 20 minutes after take-off. With Qatar Airways, you usually get it 5 minutes after take-off or even earlier.

They don’t readily give you a amenity kit which typically has a tooth brush, socks and night shades for Y (Economy) class.

They only give one full meal for a 9+ hour trip and a “mini” snack wherein Qatar Airways and other airlines give you 2 full meals.

The flight to Manila from Doha is not a direct flight and a layover in Abu Dhabi is needed.


The seats were actually good and has better legroom than Qatar Airways.

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