Qatar is bursting onto the global stage later this month with an estimated five billion people – more than half the population of Earth – expected to tune in to FIFA World Cup games. With the world watching, Qatar is determined to put on a show.
It is not just 32 of the planet’s best football teams and more than a million football fans heading to Qatar this month.
Qatar 2022, host organizers, said “Qatar will host a vast array of cultural and entertainment options for the whole family” during the World Cup.
“The countrywide festival will include more than 90 special events set to take place on the sidelines of the tournament … the major events will feature match viewing areas, music festivals, cultural displays and street performances,” it said.
In the capital, Doha, the Corniche has been pedestrianized since the start of November, and the 6km (3.7 miles) stretch of road by the water “will have a carnival atmosphere featuring roving performances, cultural activities, food and beverage stalls, and retail outlets”.
Some of the world’s most famous entertainment stars are also on their way to the Gulf country, which has announced a flurry of events and activities to offer visitors and residents more than just football.
Dozens of hotel and leisure complexes have been built in the 12 years since Qatar was awarded hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup. New entertainment venues, beaches, resorts, museums, and restaurants – it is all part of the package.
There are no fewer than three music festivals running concurrently while the World Cup is on. Fans will get to enjoy acts including Black Eyed Peas and Armin van Buuren.
Enrique Iglesias played at Doha Golf Club on Friday, with the same venue expected to host Black Eyed Peas.
The Arcadia Festival, with three iconic stages, will attract more than 100 international artists and run from November 19 to December 19, a day after the World Cup final.
The event includes a fire-breathing 50-tonne Spider and a laser-heavy Reactor stage set. Daydream Festival, meanwhile, is taking over the famous Doha Golf Club hosting electronic acts, including Tiesto, Alesso, ATB and Paul van Dyk.
Qatar’s iconic Museum of Islamic Art reopened to the public last month. Among the wave of new openings for visitors in 2022 was the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum.
Qatar Airways Group has also unveiled its major upcoming events and entertainment projects as the country prepares to host the world’s largest football event.
Qatar Airways announced the development of beach clubs, fan zones and theme parks in addition to hosting Qatar Live, Daydream Music Festival, Lusail Boulevard brand activation, Qatar Airways Sky House, Winter Wonderland and the naming ceremony for the MSC World Europa cruise ship.
More than 1.2 million fans are expected to travel to Qatar to watch the World Cup. Almost 2.9 million tickets have been sold.
Apartments, hotel rooms, desert camps, villas, fan villages and even cabins on moored cruise ships have been made available for fans coming to Qatar. Some fans will opt to stay in the UAE, Oman and Iran, flying in on “shuttle” flights to watch the football before heading back without having to spend the night in Qatar.
The country has reported an influx in international arrivals which is currently at a five-year high, with 151,000 visitors turning up in September alone. Arrivals from other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations made up 44 percent of total international arrivals, led by Saudi Arabia which accounted for nearly 30 percent of total figures, according to the Qatar Tourism Authority.
The host country has signed numerous security cooperation deals with several countries, including Morocco, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Turkey and NATO.
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