To mark 100 days until the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, Qatar Tourism reveals how fans should spend 100 hours in Qatar when visiting for a match.
With more than one million visitors heading to Doha for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, fans will be looking for activities to fit into their schedule without attending matches. Qatar is perfectly placed to offer visitors all the types of experiences they are looking for. And with every fan’s “Hayya Card” – required to enter Qatar – offering free public transport, including the new air-conditioned metro on match days, it will be quick and convenient to discover the peninsula’s best sights and activities. without breaking the bank. .
Action and adventure – 24 hours (Day 1)
With over 560 km of coastline, the calm, crystal-clear waters of the Persian Gulf make Qatar an ideal location for water sports. From beginners to experienced, adventurers should try stand-up paddleboarding around The Pearl-Qatar, sunset kayaking through the verdant mangroves, or take a thrilling jet ski ride exploring the beautiful skyline. Next, a visit to the rolling sand dunes of the Qatar desert is a must. Just an hour’s drive from Doha, one of the most popular tours is to discover the magnificent Khor Al-Adaid or “inland sea”, recognized by UNESCO as a nature reserve with stunning scenery. The trip usually includes a descent into the dunes in a 4×4, a swim in the beautiful waters and, of course, a camel ride.
Back in the city, thrill-seeking families should visit Doha Quest, the latest of Qatar’s theme parks which opened last summer and offers a range of attractions for all ages. Highlights are the two Guinness World Record-holding rides – the “Tallest Indoor Rollercoaster” and the “Tallest Indoor Drop Tower Ride”.
Art and culture – 48 hours (Day 2)
Culture, art and history are around every corner in Qatar. One of the most breathtaking public art installations is Richard Serra’s East-West/West-East, which features four massive 14-meter steel plates among the rock formations of Ras Abrouq in Zekreet.
For those wishing to stay in the city, a number of iconic museums include the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), with its captivating design shaped like desert rose crystals, the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) designed by IM Pei, and the new Qatar 3-2-1 Olympic and Sports Museum – an ambitious project, billed as the most innovative sports museum in the world.
Later, stroll through Souq Waqif, a traditional market, best experienced in the evening when the shops and restaurants of the alleyways come alive and fill with locals, residents and curious visitors. Try the local cuisine, buy a souvenir or just enjoy the hustle and bustle.
The beach – 72 hours (Day 3)
After 48 busy hours, it’s time to rest and relax. Whether you want to read a book, sunbathe on the sand or cool off in the sea, a day at the beach is a must. For uninterrupted sunsets, try Al Shamal on the north coast and Fuwairit beach. Those after a family break can visit the Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas, which boasts 3.5 kilometers of powdery beachfront, the Desert Falls Water & Adventure Park and recently launched a dolphin cruise. Another option is to take a short boat trip to the glamorous Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, which this summer reopened a surf pool and launched whale shark tours.
Affordable Exploration – 96 Hours (Day 4)
Qatar offers something for everyone and for every budget. The capital has a variety of eclectic urban neighborhoods where it is pleasant to simply walk around and discover all the hidden corners, street art and culture. One of the most intriguing areas is the Pearl-Qatar, a sprawling man-made island north of Doha that features Mediterranean-style yacht-lined marinas, boutique shops and colorful Instagrammable streets in the Qanat Quartier area. For a neighborhood that mixes more Arab heritage with modern sustainable urban architecture, there’s Msheireb Downtown Doha with its trendy cafes, art galleries and museums.
Visiting fans will be among the first to experience a range of new tourism developments which will be launched just before the start of the tournament. Exciting openings include Lusail Winter Wonderland on a sandy island, a state-of-the-art kite resort, Fuwairit Kite Beach, the first “entertainment island” north of Qetaifan Island in Qatar, and new beaches public and private part of the west. Bay North Beach project.
It is also worth taking a stroll through one of the glittering malls. The biggest are the Mall of Qatar and the Doha Festival City, with theme parks and family restaurants among several hundred well-known brands. On the luxury side are Galeries Lafayette with its air-conditioned exterior walkways and the new Place Vendôme, which has a large outdoor canal, a dancing fountain and architecture inspired by Paris’ famous high-end shopping street, Rue de la Paix. .
Finally, no itinerary in Qatar is complete without sampling the food of all the local and international restaurants. There are a host of new options such as ADRIFT Anda from celebrity chef David Myers and Lobito de Mar at the Marsa Malaz Kempinski hotel. Visitors will also find a wide variety of delicious and economical street food options, from tacos to shawarma. These are often all grouped together in one convenient area like the Lusail Night Market. For an authentic local snack, every fan should try Qatar’s famous coffee shop, Chapati & Karak, named after an Indian-inspired flatbread and sweet tea available together for just a few dollars.
Now on to the game! – 100 hours
For the last four hours, it’s game time. Qatar is the first country in the Middle East or Arab region to host a FIFA World Cup™ and has extensive plans in place to ensure that every traveler can have the experience of a lifetime.
Qatar Tourism’s COO, Berthold Trenkel, said: “From thrilling water sports to shopping in the souks, exploring fascinating museums or sunbathing on the beaches, there is something for everyone. type of traveler when he comes to Qatar. We invite football fans from around the world to explore our plethora of attractions, all with the promise of the warm welcome and generous hospitality that is customary in Arab culture.