NAIROBI– Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday met a visiting delegation of senior Qatar government officials led by Minister for Transport and Communication Jassim Bin Saif Al Sulati who informed him of plans by Qatar Airways to launch Doha-Mombasa direct flights from Dec 9, this year.

The direct flights between Doha and Mombasa will be a huge boost to the government’s efforts to reposition Kenya’s second biggest city as a key global tourist destination. Qatar Airways is also working on scheduled direct flights between Italy and Malindi, another coastal city about 120 kilometres north of Mombasa, as it seeks to grow its footprint in Kenya.

We are excited to inform that Qatar Airways will start direct flights from Doha to Mombasa on 9th December this year, said Al Sulati.

Besides aviation, the meeting at State House Nairobi also discussed several sectors of interest to Qatari investors, among them housing, aviation, maritime and hospitality.

In housing, which is one of the four pillars of the Kenyan government’s Big 4 development agenda, the Qatari Minister informed President Kenyatta that a consortium of Qatari investors were at hand to invest in the construction of 100,000 affordable housing units.

President Kenyatta, who welcomed the launch of direct flights by Qatar Airways to Mombasa, encouraged Qatari investors to consider opportunities created by the government’s Big 4 agenda, particularly in public transportation and the hospitality sector.