Football, or soccer, is one of the world's most loved and widespread sport. Qatar won the right to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ in 2010. The country vowed to use the golden opportunity to bridge the gap between the Arab world and the West.
The ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team has listed 10 of the most EPIC reasons to see Qatar in 2022, so keep scrolling!
When you experience Doha's newness first hand, you'll surely be in awe to see a city that is designed for the present. It is by far the smallest nation to host the tournament and also what makes it perfect for the time-conscious traveller.
Doha Metro is one of the most advanced metro train systems ever and represents a vision of both modern and traditional Doha. It’s estimated to ferry around 1 million visitors during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, as all stadiums are connected through the Metro network.
The longest distance between stadiums being about 75km, fans will be able to attend at least two matches in a single day during the group stage, because five of the main stadiums are connected to the Doha Metro and the other three are accessible by connecting MetroLink bus services.
Qatar is believed to be spending around $200 billion USD on infrastructure and other projects in line with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the authority responsible for the delivery of the required infrastructure, planning and operations for Qatar to host the historic 2022 FIFA World Cup™ is responsible for building 8 stadiums across Qatar.
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If you have the time to check out and scrutinize the world map, then you might stumble upon the realization that maybe, another surprising reason why the World Cup is happening in Qatar is that its location is very ideal. It's strategically—and literally—situated at the center of the Earth! Moreover, Qatar is expecting a whopping 1.2 million visitors to attend the games in 2022. This is double the estimate of people that visited Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.
If you're planning to visit Qatar for the first time in 2022, you might want to read through these helpful and worth-knowing travel tips.
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will be the first winter World Cup ever, with all World Cups usually played in June and July. It's not quite clear just yet how it will impact the club seasons throughout the world, but the weather in November and December will be fantastic in Qatar- and we're stating it confidently this early.
To know what's the weather in Qatar is like, click HERE!
When Qatar won the hosting rights for the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East and the Arab world, it not only committed to organising a top-class event for the world to see but also promised this event would be delivered in a sustainable manner.
Part of the sustainable strategy for the event includes the delivery of the first carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ in the history of the event. To achieve this, all infrastructure projects – including the eight stadiums where the matches will be played have to meet stringent sustainability benchmarks.
Since air travel is known as one of the world’s largest sources of carbon emission, the tournament in Qatar will help to eliminate the carbon footprint of domestic air travel that fans, players and officials had been required to undertake to attend matches in previous World Cups as they were held in different cities.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has also worked with the hotel sector in Qatar to encourage green practices to reduce carbon emissions from hotel accommodations. (Qatar 2022)
In 2021, Qatar's population has grown to approximately 2,947,833. As of 2019, 94 different nationalities currently live in Qatar. 89.5% of the total population constitute expats while the remaining 10.5% comprise the local Qatari population.
This makes Qatar a perfect setting for football lovers where they can easily converse and make friends with diverse groups of people from different nationalities.
Qatar Airways has been voted by Skytrax as the "World's Best Airline' for the 6th time in 2021 while the luxurious Hamad International Airport (HIA) was just recently voted as the'2021 World’s Best Airport' by Skytrax.
Qatar Airways Holidays has officially been appointed by FIFA as a licensed tour operator to distribute ticket inclusive packages for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and the HIA is all set to receive fans on more than 1,300 flights a day during the games that will last for a whole month.
Packages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with the option for fans to select their favourite team, guaranteeing a place to attend their matches throughout the tournament and giving them the opportunity to enjoy the finest Qatari hospitality for a complete experience. To facilitate the huge influx of fans into Qatar, HIA is undergoing a huge expansion and will achieve a capacity to handle more than 55 million passengers ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022. (Qatar Airways)
Apart from all the other awesome things you can expect from this world-class football tournament like the stadiums, the Qatar vibe, the overall atmosphere, you'll get to witness a number of awesome technologies that will be part of the whole World Cup 2022 experience. Some have never been seen before while others are new and improved.
The cooling technology in the stadiums has been designed to ensure temperatures in the field and spectators area reaches an optimal temperature of approximately 26 degrees Celsius. (Qatar 2022) The air in the stadiums will also be cleaned and purified. There will be LED lighting and retractable roofs in the stadiums to ensure maximum comfort, smart wifi and charging stations positioned around Qatar, digital content for the visually impaired so they don't miss out on all the action, sensory viewing rooms in the stadiums to provide safe and calm spaces to young people with Autism or sensory processing issues.
Thanks to innovative technology, you won't have any trouble navigating your way in and around Doha, if you use the innovative wayfinding technologies that have been set up so you can move around with ease and find everything you need at the click of a button.
For more awesome technologies you'll see during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, click HERE!
We all know how safe and secure Qatar is both from crime and natural disasters. But did you also know that it is also one of the happiest countries in the world? Qatar has been ranked 32nd happiest country in the world in the World Happiness Report 2018 released by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)- a United Nations (UN) global initiative.
For the twelve reasons why Qatar is a happy place to live in, click HERE!
Everything in Qatar, from the doors you walk through, the malls you shop in, to the cabs you hail are all designed for convenience, safety and aesthetics. And with all the futuristic infrastructure projects coming up, shortage of hotel rooms won't surely be a problem for the tournament. Statistics say that Qatar is expected to have over 65,000 hotel rooms required by FIFA at the end of 2021- this is apart from outdoor accommodation, cruise ships, etc.
To make things more exciting, a host of malls will surround the World Cup stadiums, with globally-renowned brands and restaurants catering to over 2 million visitors.
Originally written by Marson Lumanglas, updated by Nabeela Tariq
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