*Among the new attractions are hotels, resorts, beaches, shopping and entertainment centres
With just 27 days to go until the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Qatar Tourism revealed new tourism attractions, hotels and resorts that will be open for fans to enjoy during the tournament.
This 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.
In a press statement, Qatar Tourism COO Berthold Trenkel said: “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.”
The new attractions include Al Maha Island, Lusail Winter Wonderland, Lusail Boulevard, Corinthia Yacht Club, West Walk, West Bay North Beach Project, 974 Beach Club, Printemps Doha, Fuwairit Kite Beach, The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island, Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha, The Outpost Al Barari, Rixos Qetaifan Island North Doha, Waldorf Astoria Doha West Bay, Waldorf Astoria Doha Lusail, The Ned Doha, The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort, Raffles Doha and Fairmont Doha, Rosewood Doha and Katara Hills LXR Hotels.
Set to launch next 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.
Visitors to Lusail Winter Wonderland, launching early November, will be able to relax on the beach in the sun while enjoying festive games, rides, live entertainment, and delicious food and drink. The open-air, climate-controlled Lusail Boulevard - a dynamic and diverse shopping, commercial and residential area - is set to become the Champs-Élysées of the Middle East, with an opening weekend scheduled for November 3-5.
Located on the glittering waters of Porto Arabia in The Pearl-Qatar, the architecture of Corinthia Yacht Club is designed to echo the billowing 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 Doha’s latest urban lifestyle community. Scheduled to open before the end of the year, the district is tailored to the needs of modern living and fuses residential, retail and leisure spaces, featuring a one-of-a-kind pedestrian promenade with innovative outdoor cooling technology.
Early November will 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: West Bay Beach, B12 Beach Club Doha, and DOHASANDS Beach Club.
Located next to the iconic 974 Stadium, the 974 Beach Club will feature a five-star beachside experience: think private bungalows, water-based activities, beach sports, luxury retail outlets, food and beverage kiosks, a big screen, live DJ sets, and other cultural activities.
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 over the coming weeks.
Fuwairit Kite Beach, which celebrated its official opening earlier this month, is nestled along a natural lagoon an easy hour drive north of Doha. The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island, exclusive island getaway in the heart of Porto Arabia, also opened in October.
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 grand 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 will open at the end of October.
The first-of-its-kind accommodation in Qatar, The Outpost Al Barari is situated in the stunning Inland Sea nature reserve and is surrounded by soaring sand dunes and desert wilderness. Opening before the end of the year, Rixos Qetaifan Island North Doha will surround the island's main attraction: a state-of-the-art waterpark.
The 44-storey Waldorf Astoria Doha West Bay will open by the end of the year in the heart of the Diplomatic Area. The sprawling Waldorf Astoria Doha Lusail resort, which opened on October 18, boasts a pristine private sand beach. One of London and New York’s most exclusive hotels and private members’ clubs, The Ned will open in Doha this November, in the former Ministry of Interior building along the Doha Corniche.
The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort, nestled in the heart of Katara – the Cultural Village and surrounded by lavish gardens, will open in November with luxury rooms and 32 regal villas. The luxury hotels Raffles Doha and Fairmont Doha will face one another in two grand towers, which combine to represent the two scimitar swords on Qatar’s national seal.
While Fairmont Doha will be inspired by mega-yacht design and a soaring lobby housing the world’s tallest chandelier, Raffles Doha will be a suite-only property with a legendary butler service. Select dining and event spaces will be accessible during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Located in two stunning towers inspired by Qatar’s coral reefs, Rosewood Doha and Rosewood Residences Doha will open before the end of the year and consist of a luxury hotel, apartments, spa and state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Katara Hills LXR Hotels comprising 15 luxury villas is set to open this November.
The new attractions build on a wave of new openings for visitors throughout 2022. March witnessed the opening of 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, followed in April by Place Vendôme, featuring more than 500 stores and an entertaining dancing fountain display. The Le Royal Méridien Doha hotel was then blended seamlessly into the new French-inspired mall.
This year also saw other hotel openings such as the region’s largest wellness resort: Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som. Pullman Doha West Bay opened in August. In 2021 there were lots of other openings. The theme park Quest Doha launched with over 30 rides including the world’s tallest indoor rollercoaster, and the world’s tallest indoor shot & drop tower. The luxury five-star Banyan Tree Doha opened with five opulent dining options and a Rainforest Hydrotherapy spa.
The Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas also opened its doors with 3.5km of picturesque private beaches, and the Desert Falls Water and Adventure Park, one of the largest theme parks in the Middle East, opened with 28 slides and rides.
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