From 6 daily flights to 48: in the Dubai-Doha World Cup shuttle

As the World Cup has begun, the Dubai-Doha shuttle is in full swing. It is designed to carry thousands of fans to the event, partly due to the shortage of hotels in Qatar. On November 23on the day of writing there are 48 departing flights with over 10,000 seats for sale.


Some 33 services are operated by flydubai and 15 by Qatar Airways. Only six come from Dubai International (the main airport), while 42 come from Dubai Al Maktoum. In Qatar, 15 flights go to Doha Hamad (the main airport), 33 to Doha International, which has reopened to commercial flights for the World Cup. Big numbers, big event.

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Dubai-Doha: normally six per day

Analysis of Cirium schedules shows that the previous record, held at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017, was 39 dailies. It was under completely normal circumstances. In contrast, only six daily flights now normally operate between the two cities; the road has still not recovered from the Qatar blockade which ceased in early 2021.

The six daily services were only available from Dubai International, none from Dubai Al Maktoum. The flights were split equally: three a day by both flydubai and Qatar Airways.

This changed on November 21 (40 daily flights), the day after the start of the World Cup, with 48 flights scheduled over nine different days. Cirium’s schedules show it will peak at 49 per day on December 1 and 2 before gradually reducing to 6 per day from December 23.

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November 23: a day in the life

Despite a maximum distance of 238 miles (383 km) with a typical flight time of around 40 minutes, the Dubai-Doha market sees various amenities. On November 23, seven types and variants are in use. Some 21 flights are operated by the 737-8, 12 by the 737 MAX 8, 11 A330-300, an A330-200, an A350-900, an A350-1000 and a 777-300ER.

There are departures 24 hours a day, as detailed in the huge following table. The first flight of the day leaves the UAE at 00:20 and the last at 23:55. The busiest times are 6:00 a.m. to 6:59 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. with four departures each. Every hour of the day has at least one flight. Notice the peculiar moments when two wide-body Qatar Airways flights depart from the same airport in less than five minutes.

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Dubai Al Maktoum from Doha on November 23
(Showing some flights between Dubai Al Maktoum and Doha.)

Flights: November 23

Departure time from Dubai Which airport in Dubai? Which airport in Doha? Airline company Plane
00:20 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737 MAX 8
00:50 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
01:40 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
02:10 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
03:05 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
04:05 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737 MAX 8
04:45 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737 MAX 8
05:15 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737 MAX 8
05:20 International Hamad qatarairways A350-1000
06:20 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
06:40 Al Maktoum Hamad qatarairways A330-300
06:50 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
06:50 Al Maktoum Hamad qatarairways A330-200
07:35 Al Maktoum Hamad qatarairways A330-300
07:40 Al Maktoum Hamad qatarairways A330-300
08:10 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
08:50 International International flydubai 737-800
09:10 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737 MAX 8
09:50 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
10:20 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737 MAX 8
10:55 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
11:40 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
11:45 Al Maktoum Hamad qatarairways A330-300
11:55 Al Maktoum Hamad qatarairways A330-300
12:40 Al Maktoum Hamad qatarairways A330-300
12:45 Al Maktoum Hamad qatarairways A330-300
13:00 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
13:45 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737 MAX 8
14:40 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
15:10 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737 MAX 8
15:45 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
15:45 International International flydubai 737-800
16:15 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
16:50 Al Maktoum Hamad qatarairways A330-300
17:00 Al Maktoum Hamad qatarairways A330-300
17:35 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737 MAX 8
17:45 Al Maktoum Hamad qatarairways A330-300
17:50 Al Maktoum Hamad qatarairways A330-300
18:35 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
19:35 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737 MAX 8
19:50 International International flydubai 737-800
20:05 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737 MAX 8
21:00 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
21:15 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
22:30 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737 MAX 8
22:50 International Hamad qatarairways A350-900
23:30 Al Maktoum International flydubai 737-800
23:55 International Hamad qatarairways 777-300ER

Will you be on any of the flights in the next few days? Let us know in the comments.

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