Three decades ago, Doha in Qatar, and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates were little known outside the Persian Gulf.
Today, they’re among the world’s fastest-growing and wealthiest cities. And for international air travelers, they represent a new crossroads of the aviation world. They’re home to hubs of three fast-growing airlines — Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways — that are going toe to toe with the world’s more-established giants.
They’ve turned their focus on the United States after expanding at breakneck speed in Asia, Africa and Europe. They’re increasingly flying to more U.S. cities with greater frequency.