Qatar World Cup: 20 new attractions for tourists, residents and visitors
Qatar World Cup will see more than a million visitors to the city and there is a mass of new developments to explore.
After years of planning and billions of dollars of development, anticipation for the Qatar World Cup is reaching fever pitch.
While Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and more of the world’s best players look to thrill on the pitch, an enormous influx of visitors will be heading to Qatar.
Qatar has been preparing to host the World Cup for 12 years and has estimated the influx of 1.2 million visitors will add $17bn to its economy.
Qatar Tourism has revealed new tourism attractions, hotels and resorts that will be open for fans to enjoy during the tournament.
The unprecedented year of development represents a major milestone in Qatar’s emergence as a tourist destination, with the country seeking to welcome six million visitors a year by 2030.
Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Tourism, Berthold Trenkel, said: “2022 has been an extraordinary year in Qatar with so many major new hotel and tourism openings.
“From shopping malls to beach clubs, museums to theme parks, there are now activities and experiences in Qatar for every type of traveller, from every nation, and to suit every budget.
“With more than one million fans expected to visit for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, we’re proud to be able to offer a true breadth of experiences and entertainment beyond our stadiums, fan festivals and matches.”
20 attractions ahead of Qatar World Cup
Al Maha Island
Set to launch this month, Al Maha Island will feature six high-end restaurants including Zuma, LPM, Billionaire and Carbone, as well as other eateries and attractions such as Nammos Qatar beach club and Lusail Winter Wonderland. The island also features Al Maha Drive, a unique driveway experience reserved only for supercars and classic cars.
Lusail Winter Wonderland
Visitors to Lusail Winter Wonderland will be able to relax on the beach in the sun while enjoying festive games, rides, live entertainment and food and drink. Lusail Winter Wonderland promises to bring “winter” magic to the Middle East.
Located in the heart of Lusail, this shopping, commercial and residential area has the bold ambition to become the Champs-Élysées of the Middle East.
Lusail Boulevard opened last week ahead of the Qatar World Cup with a three-day family friendly festival.
Qetaifan Island North
Qetaifan Island North will feature luxurious hotels, beach clubs, gardens, pedestrian-friendly streets, distinct neighbourhoods and a waterpark with 36 rides that will open in 2023. Qetaifan Island North will launch before the FIFA World Cup Qatar.
Corinthia Yacht Club
Located on the waters of Porto Arabia in The Pearl-Qatar, the architecture is designed to echo the sails of traditional Qatari dhows. The private club, set to open before the end of 2022, will offer exclusive membership for yacht owners and residents by invitation only.
Located in the heart of Al Waab, West Walk is scheduled to open before the end of the year. The district will have residential, retail and leisure spaces and provide the live-work-play experience. West Walk features a one-of-a-kind pedestrian promenade with outdoor cooling technology.
West Bay North Beach Project
An expected launch by November 20 in readiness for visitors to the Qatar World Cupwill see the highly anticipated launch of Qatar Tourism’s West Bay North Beach Project, with the initial launch comprising three new beaches in the heart of Doha.
974 Beach Club
Located next to the iconic 974 Stadium, this beach club will feature a five-star beachside experience with private bungalows, water-based activities, beach sports, luxury retail outlets, food and beverage kiosks, a big screen, live DJ sets and other cultural activities.
La Mar Beach Club
Recently opened in October, this luxury beach lounge in the InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa overlooks unparalleled views of the West Bay skyline. Guests can swim in the waters while enjoying cabanas, sunbeds and private loungers.
Museum of Islamic Art
Qatar’s iconic Museum of Islamic Art reopened to the public on October 5, ahead of the Qatar World Cup following a year-long facilities enhancement project. The reimagination of its permanent collection of more than1,000 objects will create a new visitor-focused layout and storyline, allowing the museum to showcase its world-renowned exhibits.
Fuwairit Kite Beach
Fuwairit Kite Beach opened in October. it is nestled along a natural lagoon an north of Doha. The modern resort has consistent winds, making it ideal for kitesurfing.
St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island
The exclusive island getaway in the heart of Porto Arabia opened in October. The hotel offers bespoke services and exquisite culinary offerings on a Mediterranean-styled island.
Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha
Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha has inherited a location with a prestigious history; since 1973 and until now, the site was home to the landmark Gulf Hotel.
The building has undergone a significant refurbishment to accommodate this new all-inclusive venture by Rixos Hotels, in partnership with Accor and Katara Hospitality, which will consist of 350 rooms and suites and seven dining outlets. The hotel is now open ahead of the Qatar World Cup.
The Outpost Al Barari
The first of its kind accommodation in Qatar, The Outpost Al Barari is situated in the Inland Sea nature reserve and is surrounded by sand dunes and desert wilderness. The resort offers 21 luxury lodges with private pools that will integrate close-to-nature experiences, sustainability and luxury hospitality. This unique desert experience will be open ahead of the Qatar World Cup.
Waldorf Astoria Doha Lusail
The sprawling resort is located in the heart of Lusail and boasts a pristine private sand beach. The official opening was October 18, ahead of the Qatar World Cup and it will offer a selection of activities for both adults and children, from water slides to surfing, alongside 461 rooms, a fitness centre, spa and offices.
The Ned Doha
One of London and New York’s most exclusive hotels and private members’ clubs, The Ned will open in Doha ahead of the Qatar World Cup. Set inside the former Ministry of Interior building along the Doha Corniche, The Ned Doha will be home to 90 rooms and 12 suites, seven restaurants, a gym, spa and 30-metre outdoor pool.
The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort
Based in the heart of Katara Cultural Village and surrounded by lavish gardens, this property will open for the Qatar World Cup with luxury rooms and 32 regal villas – all designed with an elegant blend of Mughal and Ottoman aesthetic.
Raffles Doha and Fairmont Doha
Each of these luxury hotels will face one another in two grand towers, which combine to represent the two scimitar swords on Qatar’s national seal. Fairmont Doha will be inspired by mega-yacht design and a soaring lobby will house the world’s tallest chandelier, whereas Raffles Doha will be a suite-only property. Select dining and event spaces will be accessible during the Qatar World Cup.
DoubleTree by Hilton Doha Downtown
Just 10 minutes from the city centre and near to many of Qatar’s most popular attractions, this hotel opened in October ahead of the Qatar World Cup and features over 250 spacious serviced apartments.
Launching for the first time outside of France, the prestigious Parisian department store Printemps will combine new technologies and an immersive physical experience to offer over 600 brands – 200 exclusive in Qatar. Printemps will be the only department store in Qatar to house all the iconic Maisons under one roof: Louis Vuitton, Dior, Valentino, Balmain, Pinel et Pinel and more. Set to be the largest luxury department store in the region, Printemps will open its doors in Doha Oasis to attract visitors to the Qatar World Cup.
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