Today marks the one-year countdown to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and Qatar Tourism reveals 10 spectacular new hotels and attractions set to open before the tournament kicks off.
Qatar Tourism previously revealed there are over 100 hotels and hotel apartments in the country’s construction pipeline. More than 40 are scheduled to be opened over the next 12 months, as Qatar gears up to welcome more than one million fans across the duration of the tournament.
To meet demand Qatar is looking to utilize every available accommodation option. Innovative choices for fans in 2022 will include camping in the desert and staying on board a temporarily moored cruise liner with stunning views of Doha’s cityscape skyline. Qatar will have up to 130,000 available rooms for the one million-plus fans expected over the course of the 28-day tournament. Currently it offers its visitors a big variety of villas for rent and in order to meet demand Qatar is looking to utilize every available accommodation option.
Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Tourism, Berthold Trenkel, said: “Football fans will have an exceptional variety of accommodation options to choose from. We want travelers to discover the best of Qatari and Middle Eastern hospitality and have an unforgettable experience that will make them want to return. As well as watching the football, we encourage all fans to investigate Qatar’s variety of attractions, from sampling the local cuisine to exploring our iconic museums, from exhilarating dune bashing to relaxing in the spa or at the beach, there is something for everyone.”
10 of the most exciting new hotels and attractions include:
The new properties add to a large list of major developments and openings launched in the past two years. This month saw the opening of the hotly anticipated Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som, a pioneering destination already awarded the ‘World’s Best New Wellness Retreat in 2020’ by the World’s Spa Awards UK.
Zulal is the largest wellness destination in the Middle East. The 280,000-square metre resort is split into two parts: Zulal Serenity, designed for adults and Zulal Discovery, designed for families.
Another exciting recent opening has been the Banyan Tree Doha, a five-star luxury property elegantly designed by renowned interior designer, Jacques Garcia. The hotel features an authentic Italian restaurant called Il Galante, inspired by the authenticity of the 18th century Il Cuoco Galante Cookbook.
New theme parks have also recently opened, including the Desert Falls Water & Adventure Park at Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas, the country’s largest waterpark with 28 exhilarating rides and slides. And the Quest theme park, which opened in July, is home to the world’s tallest indoor shot and drop tower and the world’s tallest indoor rollercoaster.
Every new hotel and attraction contributes a unique amenity or experience to Qatar’s existing 180+ property portfolio. The country’s priority is for all fans and travelers who visit Qatar to have a safe and seamless end-to-end experience.
Qatar is consistently ranked by Numbeo as the safest country in the world for crime and general safety. The average temperature in Qatar during November and December is 18-24°C – perfect for fans and players.
Image credit: Hilton Salwa