The FIFA Arab Cup, scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 18, provides a golden opportunity for the country to showcase its world-renowned hospitality offerings and to “reveal its ultra-modern facilities to a sports-loving global audience”, Qatar Tourism has said.
“The opening game features a match between Qatar and Bahrain. Between matches, fans will be free to enjoy Qatar’s world-famous hospitality and explore all that this appealing, unique peninsular has to offer: excellent dining, pristine beaches, nature reserves and diverse water sports,” Qatar Tourism posted on its official social media account, Visit Qatar.
The country offers a wide range of hotels and resorts that “accommodate all needs”, featuring luxurious rooms and suites, one-of-its-kind recreational facilities, and an array of local and international cuisines, in addition to an array of curated experiences.
These include St Regis Doha, Ritz-Carlton Doha, Sharq Village & Spa, and Al Messila Resort & Spa, among others, which are known for their bespoke luxury rooms and suites, as well as the services they provide.
Many of these hotels and wellness resorts also offer luxury spas and several types of treatments for guests to enjoy.
Qatar Tourism noted that countries and spectators – “football-infatuated Qataris and thousands of highly enthusiastic travelling fans” – will have the chance to “experience the spirit of Qatar and the iconic stadiums that will host the World Cup in 2022” during the 19-day tournament.
“Museums resplendent with ancient artefacts; forts with a history of defending the nation; and high-end retail malls offering world-famous brands,” Qatar Tourism said. “Compact Qatar, with minimal travel distances between football venues and perfect winter weather, is quite simply the ideal destination for an event of this magnitude.”
According to Qatar Tourism, 16 teams from across the Arab world will be competing in this major sporting event in six “futuristic venues” in the country.
One of the stadiums, the 60,000-seat capacity Al Bayt Stadium, is described as “an amazing example of architectural excellence”, with its design inspired by Bedouin tents, and features a retractable roof and innovative cooling technologies.
It will host the opening and final matches of the tournament.
Two other venues, the Al Thumama Stadium (its exterior, designed to resemble Arab headwear) and Ras Abu Aboud stadium, are also state-of-the-art, as are the Ahmad Bin Ali, Education City, and Al Janoub stadiums.
Apart from stadiums, Qatar is also home to other world-class sporting venues such as Doha Golf Club, Education City Golf Club, Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, and Khalifa International Stadium.
The first phase of ticket sales for the FIFA Arab Cup ended last August 17.
A second phase is set from September 28 to October 12, and a third one will start from November 2 and until the end of the tournament.