A marine tourist line between Bushehr, a medium-sized port, and Hamad Port is expected to be inaugurated during the World Cup, helping about 3,000 Iranian fans who will visit Doha to cheer up their team.
This was announced by Ali Reza Beyman, deputy minister of Industry, Mining and Trade of Iran at a meeting with the Qatari Businessmen Association (QBA).
Tourism opportunities can be offered in cities such as Isfahan and Shiraz, as well as the southern coasts of Iran, since potential tourism opportunities would create diversity for tourists in Qatar, he said, highlighting that agreements have been reached in this regard.
"We can use the capabilities of Iran to attract tourists during the World Cup," he added.
Saud al-Mana, QBA board member and a partner of the Iranian Trade Center said it will provide the necessary facilities to promote tourism between the two countries.
The centre would also provide investment opportunities for businessmen, especially that the investment climate in Qatar is attractive to foreign investors because of the great advantages for investors, whether in free zones or near Hamad International Port.
Beyman emphasised the positive role that the QBA can play in developing trade exchange between the two countries by strengthening co-operation between Qatari and Iranian companies, which would contribute to boosting trade between them.
He said Iran's trade exchanges with the world amounted to $100bn, and there is a will to develop them with Qatar, where the volume of trade exchange is about QR777mn in 2021.
"We are planning a billion-dollar trade development between the two countries, which is achievable,” he said.
Hussein Ibrahim Alfardan, first deputy to the chairman of QBA, confirmed the interest and keenness of both sides to enhance economic and trade relations and develop trade exchange.
"There are many opportunities to enhance co-operation between the Qatari and Iranian private sectors in various fields such as tourism, industry and trade, there are also many incentives and privileges provided by both countries," he said.
About the opportunities during the world cup, Beyman said Iran would chip in to strengthen the commodity supply chain of Qatar.
"We have established air freight to Qatar, and these flights will start in the coming weeks, and this route will open up for us so that we can send the goods and products that Qatar needs as soon as possible,” he said.
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