Qatar to open three new five-star hotels ahead of FIFA World Cup

Qatar is preparing to open three new five-star hotels ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup as the country prepares to welcome over one million international soccer fans for the world’s biggest soccer tournament.

With less than 100 days until fans descend on the region for the month-long event, which kicks off on November 20, new hotels are opening in the Gulf state – the host nation of the first-ever Cup FIFA World Cup in the Middle East – in September and October.

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They include the Wyndham Grand Doha West Bay Beach – a 278-room resort near the Doha Corniche – and the St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island on the Pearl-Qatar – an entire island resort, which will open October 1.

A third – the Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha – is also set to open in October near Hamad International Airport.

The marina of the Rixos Gulf hotel. (Provided)

Around 1.2 million fans, roughly half of Qatar’s population, are expected to descend on the country’s state during the event, but providing enough rooms for visiting fans, teams and tournament staff has been a major challenge for Qatar and organizers have tried everything from cruise ships. and desert camps to help alleviate the shortage of accommodation.

Berthold Trenkel, chief operating officer of Qatar Tourism, said the new hotels are in line with the country’s plans to grow its hospitality industry to meet the country’s ambitious goal of attracting more than six million international visitors. per year by 2030.

“We are delighted to see the continued addition of world-class hotels to Qatar’s thriving hospitality landscape,” he said. “The exemplary service provided by our hotels plays a key role in the overall visitor experience, which in turn helps boost the tourism sector and diversify Qatar’s economy.”

“With new hotel, cultural and retail offerings, Qatar continues to attract growing numbers of visitors each month, as evidenced by our current summer season which is seeing record numbers over the past five years.”

The FIFA World Cup is expected to attract fans from 31 other nations to the country. Football fans have so far bought 2.45 million tickets for November’s World Cup in Doha, FIFA reported last month, which plans to make three million seats available in total.

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