The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy confirmed that the Hayya card will be the only gateway for fans wishing to enter the State of Qatar, during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and it includes all citizens, residents, and fans from abroad.
This came in a press conference held on 26 May 2022 at the Four Seasons Hotel, in the presence of a group of local and international media and satellite channels. Executive Director of the Hayya platform Saeed Al Kuwari said that all those wishing to enter the country during the tournament are required to obtain a digital Hayya card, which in turn requires the purchase of a ticket to be issued.
He said that the committee has already received many requests for the card through the platform, and added that all local and international fans attending the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 matches will have to apply for it and that all international fans must also book their accommodation after purchasing their tickets to enter Qatar and attend matches in the stadiums, while citizens and residents just enter the match ticket number, ID number, and date of birth to obtain the card.
Launched in March, the Hayya card serves as an entry permit to the State of Qatar. In addition to allowing entry into the stadium, it makes its holder eligible for free public transportation. It will also allow fans to attend a number of activities accompanying the competition.
Al Kuwari said that the committee worked on facilitating the process of applying for the card by using the latest technology. He said that fans from outside the country will need to buy FIFA tickets, book their accommodation in order to apply for the Hayya card. He added that fans from inside the country, on the other hand, will just need to buy the tickets.
Regarding the fans of neighboring countries who wish to attend and return on the same day, Al Kuwari explained that there is an option to stay for one day, and this option will be available through the platform, as for service centers, the centers will be launched and announced soon, during which Haya cards will be printed.
For his part, Executive Director of the SC Housing Department Omar Abdulrahman Al Jaber said in the press conference that the options for apartments, villas, apartment complexes, floating hotels, fan villages and holiday homes are currently offered through the official platform.
He noted that each person residing in Qatar could receive 10 people who are relatives and friends by registering their data on the official residence platform, while the guest must put the host's data on the Hayya digital platform to obtain it directly. He noted that the number of registered users on the platform is constantly being updated, revealing that the platform received 3,000 requests on its launch day. He said that average price of accommodation ranged from $80 to $180 depending on its location and the type of accommodation.
He said that the committee provides housing for World Cup fans at a high level through the hotels available in the country with a rating 3 to 5-star rating. He also highlighted that Barwa Real Estate Company will offer 28,000 rooms during the competition, in addition to the giant hotel ships in Hamad International Port, providing 4,000 rooms in two ships to enable the accommodation of more than 8,000 fans, as well as residential villages in four locations, including in Lusail, that provide 2,500 housing units among other options.
Source: Qatar News Agency
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