30,000 additional rooms added for World Cup visitors
As we continue the countdown for the first edition of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in the Middle East, organizers have announced that ticket sales have gone up to 3 million. The tournament is set to start at Al Bayt Stadium on November 20, 2022, and Qatar has been gearing up to receive the influx of tourists that are expected.
During a press conference, organizers conveyed that they have added additional 30,000 rooms which will be available on the Qatar Accommodation Agency platform. Starting rates at the agency are $80 per night, based on two-person occupancy. The accommodation is spread across hotels, apartments, and fan villages.
“We have always said that Qatar will deliver the best-ever edition of the FIFA World Cup. And as you look around the country today, at the state-of-the-art stadiums, the training pitches, the metro, the wider infrastructure, everything is ready and everyone is welcome,” said FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, in a video message. “The world is excited. Qatar is ready. The stage is set. Together, we will deliver the best World Cup ever on and off the field.”
The 64 matches will be played across the dynamic 8 stadiums in the country and almost 2.89 million tickets have been sold so far. Demand has been highest among fans based in Qatar, the United States, Saudi Arabia, England, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, Argentina, France, Brazil, and Germany. This has also resulted in record-breaking hospitality demands.
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The tickets will be released throughout the tournament now on FIFA’s website and those who have already bought tickets will now start receiving emails on how to retrieve their tickets via the ticketing app starting this week.
Organizers have again emphasized the importance of the mandatory Hayya Card and requested fans to get in their accommodation booking as well. The card will be acting as an entry permit for all and will also give access to free public transport across the country
Organizers also outlined the vast array of entertainment options being prepared for visitors during the tournament. The FIFA Fan Festival at Al Bidda Park will host up to 40,000 fans every day during the tournament. It will be free to attend and screen live matches, host globally-renowned artists, and feature football activities. There will also be a range of local and international food and beverage options.
In addition, the 6km Corniche Activation from Sheraton Park to the Museum of Islamic Art will feature roving performances, retail stores, and food and beverage kiosks. Other activities will include the daily ‘Welcome to Qatar’ show – a water and pyrotechnics display that will feature music from the Qatar 2022 Official Soundtrack, Qatari composer Wael Binali, and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.
Theme park rides and other attractions at Al Maha Island Lusail will also be open to fans, as will the Ras Abu Aboud 974 Beach Club, the Hayya Fan Zone at Lusail South Promenade, and the QetaiFAN Beach Fest. Dance music fans will flock to the 15,000-capacity Arcadia Spectacular and 5,000-capacity ARAVIA by MDL BEAST. In addition, Last-Mile Cultural Activations will feature more than 6,000 performances in 21 locations, entertaining fans on their way to stadiums.
Eng. Yasir Al Jamal, Director General, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said: “After more than a decade of hard work and close collaboration with stakeholders across the country, Qatar stands ready to host a memorable edition of the FIFA World Cup. The compact nature of our tournament means visitors will never be far from the action – always close to a stadium or entertainment activation. We look forward to hosting a tournament that will live long in the memory of fans from across the globe.”
Nasser Al Khater, the CEO, of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC, said: “Qatar is ready to host a global celebration of the beautiful game. We look forward to welcoming fans and players from across the world as they sample our welcoming hospitality, a vast array of entertainment options, and, of course, top-class international football. It promises to be a unique edition of the FIFA World Cup – and one that will leave a lasting, positive impact on Qatar, the Middle East, and the Arab world.”
“We operate over 168 official sites through the compact nature of Qatar, and each one of these sites is essential to the running and successful delivery of this World Cup. Way beyond testing the eight stadiums, the volunteers and accreditation centers are fully operational, with the ticketing center at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre opening tomorrow and the International Broadcast Centre and Main Media Centre to follow. I can only reiterate FIFA’s confidence and deep appreciation for all the work preparing to deliver the best FIFA World Cup ever in just over one month,” said FIFA Chief Operating Officer – World Cup, Colin Smith.
Further information about Qatar’s additional cultural and entertainment fan destinations can be found on Qatar 2022’s website
Fans interested in attending Qatar 2022 should click here for the latest tickets, accommodation, and Hayya Card information.
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