2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar: 5 tourist attractions ahead of this year’s showpiece

Due to Qatar’s intense summer heat, this year’s World Cup will be held from late November to mid-December, making it the first tournament not to take place in May, June or July and to take place in northern fall.

The World Cup will be a major tourism boost for the West Asian country and a catalyst towards Qatar’s goal of welcoming more than six million tourists every year by 2030.

It will also be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Arab world and the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after South Korea and Japan in 2002.

Qatar, which plans around 500 shuttle flights a day along with hundreds more charter flights and private jets, will host the tournament with around 1.2 million visitors over 29 days.

This year’s showpiece will also be the last to involve 32 teams, with an increase to 48 teams planned for the 2026 tournament in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

5 tourist attractions ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup

Qatar Tourism, in a statement issued on Sunday, October 23, 2022, revealed the latest list of attractions and hotels open ahead of the tournament.

The official announcements were made by the tourism department last week, along with Qatar Airways.

From hotels and cruise tents to wintry landscapes and beach parks, hosts are preparing facilities to accommodate one million visitors for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

1, FIFA and Qatar Airways experience

According to Qatar Airways officials, the FIFA experience begins with the flight experience. Qatar Airways is the Official Travel Partner of the World Cup and offers a “FIFA Onboarding Experience” for fans.

The football-inspired cabin includes limited-edition FIFA amenity kits, souvenir cushions, headphones, catering menus and football-shirt-style loungewear. The airline will also provide themed gifts and toys for children traveling for the tournament.

The airline will also live stream all FIFA World Cup matches in Qatar, which passengers can enjoy for free, on their in-flight entertainment system.

2, Qatar Airways Sky House and Activation cabins

There is a pavilion at Al Bidda Park, which will feature two lounges and interactive activities such as face painting, the Qverse experience, Swing the World, table football and the Neymar challenge.

Qatar Airways House, located in the Hyatt Regency Oryx hotel in Doha, will offer live matches, talks and events, as well as an introduction to the country’s culture.

The airline will also have activation booths in each of the stadiums and on the Corniche. These stalls include virtual football matches featuring Neymar, face paint and a host of goodies for football fans and tourists.

3, beaches, parks and museums

Early November will see the highly anticipated launch of Qatar Tourism’s West Bay North Beach project, which will include an affordable public beach and two beach clubs.

Other theme parks awaiting fans include Quest Doha which launched in 2021 with over 30 rides including the world’s tallest indoor roller coaster and the world’s tallest indoor shoot and drop tower. world. Desert Falls Water and Adventure Park, one of the largest theme parks in the Middle East, opened with 28 slides and rides.

When it comes to arts, sports and culture, the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum was launched this year and has already been touted as the world’s most sophisticated modern museum dedicated to sports.

Qatar’s iconic Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) reopened to the public on October 5, 2022, after a year-long facility improvement project.

4, entertainment and shopping

Al Maha Island in Lusail is a major entertainment venue that will open soon and will feature high-end dining options including the Lusail Winter Wonderland where fans can relax on the beach while enjoying games parties, rides, live food and drink, and Al Maha Drive – a one-way experience reserved only for supercars and classic cars.

A three-day family festival will take place November 3-5 on the air-conditioned, open-air Lusail Boulevard, another new launch, featuring concerts, performances and featured DJs.

For high-end shopping, the prestigious Parisian department store Printemps at Doha Oasis is definitely the place to go. It will be the largest luxury store in the region.

5, Free passenger relaxation areas

Matar, the Qatari airport operation and management company, said passenger overflow areas outside Hamad International Airport and Doha International Airport will allow passengers to enjoy the festivities of football and live entertainment, while providing storage space for luggage and hand luggage while waiting to enter. the airport.

Qatar Airways has had to pull flights from 18 destinations to make room at Hamad International Airport for airlines carrying fans to next month’s FIFA World Cup, the company’s CEO said in September , according to Reuters.

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