As the FIFA World Cup 2022 heats up, Qatar is preparing for an influx of visitors. What does this mean for residents and tourists in Qatar? From stadiums to hotels and transportation, read on to learn everything you need to know about what to expect as the tournament nears its end.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar
Qatar is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and in preparation, stadiums, hotels and transportation have all been geared up. Here’s what you can expect:
Qatar’s first stadium will be the Al-Wakrah Stadium, which has a capacity of 40,000. Construction began in 2014 and is expected to be completed in early 2022. The second stadium will be built near Doha’s coastal resort of Sougou, with a capacity of 80,000.
The number of hotel rooms for the tournament are yet to be determined, but there are already plans for over 1,000 rooms in Doha alone. And because Qatar is located in the middle of the Gulf region, many other countries are also planing on hosting World Cup events during Qatar’s time as host country.
Public transportation will play a big part in facilitating travel to and from the stadiums during the World Cup. There will also be an increased police presence throughout Qatar to ensure safety for both attendees and locals.
Stadiums for FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar
The FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar will be played in 12 stadiums located in nine cities. The stadiums are: Al-Jazeera Stadium, Al-Wakrah Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Luzhniki Stadium, National Stadium, Pearl Roundabout Stadium, Qatar Sports Club Stadium, Sheikh Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani Stadium and the weath stadium.
Qatar was awarded the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup on December 2nd, 2010. There were several stadiums that were under consideration to host the tournament including the original proposed host, Spain. However Qatar’s bid was ultimately chosen due to its plan to build 12 new stadiums and using existing facilities like the Hamad International Airport and Qatar TV Network Arena as part of a larger infrastructure development plan.
The first phase of construction for the World Cup stadiums began in March of 2014 with the opening of Khalifa International Stadium in Doha. The final stadium will be built in Lusail City which is currently being developed by local authorities. The other 10 stadiums will all be constructed within a 25 kilometer radius of Doha.
The final venues have been divided into four clusters based on their location within Doha: Al Jazeera Sports Club Cluster (Luzhniki and Pearl Roundabout), Qatar Sports Club Cluster (Qatar SC and Sheikh Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani), National Cluster (National and Sheikh Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani) and We
Hotels to stay in Qatar for FIFA World Cup 2022
Qatar is gearing up for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and there are a lot of things to do in Qatar, like visit the many stadiums that will be hosting games or staying in some of the hotels that will be providing accommodations. There are different types of hotels available in Qatar, ranging from 5-star luxury properties to those with lower ratings but good value.
One thing you need to keep in mind when choosing a hotel is the weather. Qatar can be very hot during the day and quite cold at night, so it’s important to choose a property that has air conditioning and fans if you’re planning on staying for more than a few days.
Here are some of the best hotels to stay in Qatar for FIFA World Cup 2022:
The Sheraton Doha
The Kempinski Doha
The Shangri-La Doha
The InterContinental Doha The Four Points by Sheraton Doha Bay Hotel
How to travel in Qatar during FIFA world cup?
Qatar is gearing up for the FIFA World Cup and there is no doubt that the country will be in full swing during the event. Here are some tips on how to travel in Qatar during the cup:
1. Get a Qatar visa ahead of time
The process of obtaining a visa is relatively straightforward and can be done by either applying online or going to one of the embassy or consulate offices. It’s advisable to apply at least three weeks in advance, although visas can usually be issued within one week. The fee for a visa is currently QR250 (about $61).
2. Know which stadiums you need to visit
There are twelve stadiums located throughout Qatar, although only eight will be used for matches during the tournament. These eight stadiums are Doha, Al-Khor, Al-Wakrah, Lusail City Stadium, Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Mesaieed Sports City Stadium and Al Rayyan Stadium.
3. Beware of traffic congestion
Qatar is definitely not known for its excellent public transportation system so if you plan on travelling around the country during the cup, it’s best to factor in extra hours into your itinerary. Traffic jams are common especially during rush hour so it’s important to have ample supplies of water and snacks if you find yourself stuck in traffic for extended periods of time.