Qatar travel guide: 10 things fans should know about the country ahead of the 2022 World Cup, from alcohol laws to weather.
With just over a year until the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East, here’s what fans can look forward to.
This weekend marks one year until the Qatar World Cup 2022 kicks off.
England has qualified for the tournament, and Scotland and Wales have both qualified for the play-offs, which will begin on November 21, 2022.
So, what can fans expect from the first World Cup held in the Middle East, as well as the first to be held in the winter?
One year out, here’s everything we know about visiting Qatar.
FIFA allocates a set amount of tickets to fans of each nation, which go on sale in January.
After the final draw on April 1st, a new round of tickets will be available for purchase.
A single fan ID will act as a visa, match ticket, Covid pass, and proof of lodging.
On match days, the photo ID will grant the holder free public transportation via an NFC function.
According to Berthold Trenkel, COO of Qatar Tourism, bookings for the knockout stages will require proof of a valid match ticket, but rules will be relaxed for the later stages to allow people to “come just for the atmosphere.”
From November 21 to December 31, the MSC World Europa, MSC Cruises’ newest and largest ship, will dock in Doha for the month-long tournament.
The smaller 2008 ship, the MSC Poesia, will sail alongside the new ship, which is still in the works and will be able to carry a maximum of 7000 passengers.
Both ships have been chartered for a total of 4,000 cabins.
Shuttle buses will transport fans to Qatar’s transportation infrastructure, including the Doha Metro, from where they will be able to access stadiums, fan zones, and local attractions.
Thousands of World Cup fans will be able to camp in tents in the desert and possibly the city as part of the country’s plans to provide temporary lodging and ensure that no “white elephants” in the form of permanent hotel rooms remain after the tournament.
The Qatari government is in talks with “local and global players” to build three camps, according to Berthold Trenkel.
News summary from Infosurhoy in the United Kingdom.
Qatar travel guide: 10 things fans should know about the country ahead of the 2022 World Cup, from alcohol regulations to weather.