Is it wrong to buy from our neighbour?

I was excited when Emirates launched their Global Sale earlier this week. The sale will end on January 9th so I was planning to buy tickets for my next trip when I get my December salary. Just imagine a return flight tickets to South Eash Asia and Europe will be as low as QAR 1000++ from the normal price of QAR 3000++. But then I saw this email from Emirates just as I was ready to log on their website.

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Dear Mr Ahmad,



On 25th December Emirates launched a Global Sale, offering strong discounts on return airfares across our international network.

After the Global Sale began, Emirates received a notification from the local Qatari Civil Aviation Authority requesting that we stop the sale with immediate effect, due to the requirement of governmental pre-approval. Emirates respects the government rules and has subsequently stopped the offer within Qatar.


Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused to Skywards members who had planned to make a booking as part of this offer and are now unable to do so. For those who were able to make a booking as part of this Global Sale prior to its cancellation in Qatar, these bookings are confirmed and remain unaffected.


We thank you for your support and understanding.
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It is like you own a toy shop, and you giving out discounts but another shop owner from the neighbouring suburb asks you to sell to kids from their nerborhood at normal price. Funny isn't it? Surely they want to safegurd the local airlines interests. But dont they learn Consumerism 101? The local airlines should beat the price offered by Emirates and I am sure they can win us in Qatar. We would not want to waste hours in transit if there is direct flights available at a competitive price. So our beloved 'Airline of The Year' 'Your 5 Star Airline" its time to get your act together.

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