Quadrennial recurrence obliges, the world Cup put the cover back this year. If the Russia hosted the 2018 edition, now comes the turn of the Qatar to take over. Drawn by lot, the Emirate will be the rallying point for millions of supporters from all over the world to attend the renowned sports competition.
Among the countries selected is France, automatically qualified, and whose players will return to put their title on the line, coveting the legendary trophy. In the program ? 64 matches that will take place in the different stadiums of the Qatari capital. At stake ? Only one team will triumph in the juggernaut Lusail Iconic Stadium, the playing field on which the final is scheduled. A grandiose spectacle, yet assured in this small peninsula with barely 3 million inhabitants. So the next FIFA World Cuppromises to keep its place as the most prestigious international tournament in this field.
If some happy privileged people have already reserved their seats, not missing this major event under any pretext, others will not be long in becoming holders of tickets in their turn. The perfect opportunity to get a head start on the plethoric tourist lookout planned during the FIFA World Cup. Of the trips to accommodation passing through the cultural places, gastronomy and activities made available… To answer all the questions, let’s head to the tourist guide established by our Journalist who visited the site.
FIFA World Cup 2022: how to get to Qatar?
With or without a stopover, the best alternative for transiting to the Qatar remains the plane. Voted Best Airline in the World by Skytrax in 2021, Qatar Airways is selling unique travel packages for the World Cup 2022, including a return flight and accommodation on site. With excellence as its watchword and two daily flights from Paris, the airline has the Qsuite Class, which stands out as a luxurious experience in its own right. The reservation for any flight connecting Paris and Doha is widely recommended by Qatar Tourism, as is the fact of ” book two stays in one with stopover packages at the best value for money “.
What steps to take to stay in Qatar?
No tourist is an exception to the rule. To enter Qatari territory, and due to the pandemic of Covid-19travelers must complete the online form (simple and fast) Ehteraz, minimum three days before departure. Similarly, visitors to the territory between November 1, 2022 and January 23, 2023 must apply for a Hayya Card. In other words, a digital card downloadable on the mobile application, which authorizes entry into Qatar and which summarizes the stadium tickets then who guarantees the free public transport in Doha match days. To do this, it is recommended to have previously reserved accommodation on the Qatar2022.qa website.
How to get around in Doha?
Located on the Persian Gulf, the Qatari city has nothing to envy to the neighboring Emirates in terms of public transport. As proof, the car is not necessary to move around Doha, since the traffic is considerably fluidized by the metro and the tram which serve the different areas. To get to the matches or visit the city up and down, the state-of-the-art metro network connects the different stadiums to each other, and can go at speeds of up to 100 km/h. With driverless trains, the Doha metro also offers a “Gold Class” which will delight luxury aficionados who will need a different ticket to access it. In addition, there are tram lines that transport passengers free of charge, for the Education City and Msheireb trams. Buses are not left out, however, since the national company Mowasalat has extended its lines through Doha. On the other hand, if taxis are not recommended due to the certain crowds on match days, although white and orange taxis remain the most affordable. As for the blue and green taxis, it is possible to book them via the dedicated application on the phone. Although the latter are slightly more expensive, they have a reputation for being more comfortable.
Where to stay in Qatar during the World Cup?
With an ultra-competitive accommodation offer, Doha is building a multitude of hotels in order to be able to accommodate almost all the tourists staying in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. In our address book? The sumptuous Ritz-Carlton Doha crowned with five stars, whose rooms are usually accessible for less than 200 euros. In addition, if all the hotel offers are not yet open, the Qatar2022.qa platform, which has been open since March 22, offers a suggestion of places of residence and holders of an access ticket for the World Cup. Similarly, Qatar plans to set up temporary accommodation during sports competitions. The promise ? Traditional camps 30 minutes from the capital by road, or MSC Cruises accommodation, including two 4 and 5 star cruise ships exceptionally moored in Doha Bay.
Where to eat in Doha?
With a thousand and one flavors, Doha imbued with a gastronomic wealth striking. Without hesitation, the restaurant parisa remains the essential culinary address of the Souq Waqif, since it is one of the favorite places of the emir who even has his own table in a private room. Likewise, lovers of chef cuisine can reserve a table at Jiwan by Alain Ducasse. Along the same lines, restaurants in luxury hotels are an ideal alternative. On our non-exhaustive list? The Al Nahham at the Banana Island Resort, the Q Lounge & Restaurant or even the Sabai Thai with Asian influences.
What to do in Doha?
There are many activities to do in the Qatari capital. between stages Lusail, Khalifa, Al-Bayt, Al-Janoub, Education City Stadium, Al-Rayyan Stadium, Al-Thumama and Ras Abu Aboud… The list is already full for football fans. As far as cultural and religious infrastructures are concerned, in the first positions are the Katara mosque and its golden facade, the National Museum of Qatar in sand rose by Jean Nouvel, the Islamic Art Museum like a pure jewel case and its nearly 25-meter-high sculpture called “7” created by the famous American artist Richard Serra.
On this same list stands out the Doha Harbor located near the MIA Park, and recognizable by the multitude of dhows moored along the Corniche. In other words, the traditional wooden boats specific to Qatar and the culture of the ancestral pearl. Added to this is the illustration Souq Waqif which has more than a hundred shops, restaurants and cafes, but also art galleries. And what would a trip to Qatar be without a detour to the desert ? Certainly one of the most iconic tours in the country, the Qatari desert is a must. The good news ? The gates of the desert can be reached by car within an hour from Doha. It is even possible to book a 4×4 hiking session in the Qatari desert and end the ride by discovering the local coffee and the specialties of the country. Our latest tourist tips? To visit The Pearlone of the most luxurious districts of the capital, built on an artificial peninsula, as well as the Qatar National Librarythe majestic bookstore and high tech of Doha. Our ultimate advice? To not miss anything of Qatar, take a Touristic guide is one of the best options.