Qatar prepares for a FIFA World Cup tourism boom

 Tuesday, August 30, 2022 


Qatar is preparing for a FIFA World Cup tourism boom. The tiny Gulf state is gearing up to welcome more than a million soccer admirers.

However, there is one problem: many of them cannot or would not stay in the country.

An accommodation congestion and little acceptance for alcohol and merriment in the traditional Muslim country would mean that tens of thousands of devotees will have to stay in the neighboring countries for the month-long event.

Flights on days of the matches from important West Asian cities will transport audiences to the games, and this would benefit airlines, hotels and hospitality sites across countries including the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

The hugely popular tourism hub of Dubai is the top destination to make the most from this global event. Among the more than 90 new flights to arrive every day in the host city Doha, about 40 will leave from the UAE.

A new hotel constructed on an artificial, palm-shaped island has been kept for guests planning to base themselves in Dubai and take the 40-minute flight to Doha with modernized immigration processes.

Dubai will be the major doorway to the mega event. More people are expected to enter through Dubai than Qatar, opined Paul Griffiths, the chief executive officer of Dubai Airports.

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