Since Qatar won the honour of hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022 in December 2010, the nation has spent over a decade in preparation, making progress in transforming itself into an international sporting nation and a travel destination for the expected visitors.
The ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team has listed the top 10 World Cup facts to see Qatar in 2022!
Qatar is a small country, so unlike the previous hosts for the World Cup, which had fans travelling hours and even days to reach the venue, all stadiums that will host the matches are easily accessible, within an hour's drive from central Doha and can be reached through public transportation.
Qatar has spared no expense with its aim to provide state-of-the-art facilities. All stadiums have innovative cooling systems to ensure the comfort of match goers and players. Smart Wifi and charging stations will be available at the venues. The stadiums also have retractable roofs to anticipate any kind of weather.
The eight stadiums hosting the World Cup matches are designed to consume up to 40% less energy with insulation, efficient cooling, and ventilation systems, making it the first carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup™ in history. In addition, the stadiums are close to metro stations and electric buses will be provided to match goers.
To ensure that the FIFA World Cup 2022 is inclusive for people with disabilities, technologies have been implemented to aid those in need.
These include digital content for the visually impaired, sensory viewing rooms in the stadiums, and special tickets for those with disabilities.
Aside from the state-of-the-art technologies, the stadiums here have been built and designed to represent the rich history and culture of Qatar and the Middle East.
Some examples are the Al Bayt Stadium, designed to resemble the traditional nomadic tents used in Qatar and the Gulf region, and the Al Thumama Stadium, designed to look like the gahfiya – a traditional woven cap worn by men and boys across the Middle East.
Aside from the matches, fans can expect non-stop entertainment all over Qatar with the many fan zones that will host food festivals, performances, activities, pop-up stores, dance festivals, and so much more!
A wide range of accommodation options will be available to fans during the FIFA World Cup 2022. Aside from the usual hotels, apartments, or villas, there are also unique options such as bedouin tents, cruise ships and fan villages!
Qatar being a Middle Eastern country, experiences extreme weather, especially during summer. This is why the World Cup has been scheduled for November-December 2022 to take advantage of the colder weather.
Temperatures are expected to range between 18°C to 24°C during the tournament, the ideal climate for fans and players to enjoy.
The Hayya Card is an essential document, available digitally, that conveniently provides everything fans need for the World Cup experience, including the entry permit to Qatar, match tickets, and access to free public transportation to the stadiums.
Qatar has been in constant development, striving to be a world-renowned tourist destination, and has taken the FIFA World Cup as an opportunity to launch numerous attractions.
From beach resorts, theme parks, private island destinations, luxury hotels and retail shops, and more, there is much to explore for visitors in Qatar during the World Cup!
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