The most anticipated football tournament in the world is around the corner, and all eyes are on Qatar, the host nation. A country that has immense love for football promises to host a tournament like no other.
If you have a football maniac in you, there are some unique factors you need to know. Let’s also see what Qatar has to offer for the visitors.
Some fun facts about FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar
The smallest country to host a FIFA World Cup
Qatar is now the smallest country to host a FIFA World Cup after Switzerland hosted it in 1954.
The most accessible world cup ever
As a small country, traveling around Qatar isn’t a big deal. Moreover, the stadiums set for the 2022 FIFA World Cup are well connected through a metro network. Hence, for the fans to travel from one venue to the other venue, it wouldn’t be much of a hassle.
The first-ever world cup to be held in a Middle Eastern country
Qatar will become the first Middle Eastern country to host a major tournament like the FIFA World cup. Qatar has also spent recent years constructing some of the most eco-friendly and architecturally advanced sporting facilities ever seen. All will be on show to the world as the greatest show on earth finally lands in the Middle East.
The first-ever winter world cup in the Northern Hemisphere
This time it’s against the trend. Usually, events like the World Cup and other sports tournaments take place during June and July in the Southern Hemisphere. However, the FIFA World Cup 2022 is set to be hosted by Qatar during November and December, making it the first of its kind.
Expected to have record viewers
The geographical location of Qatar right at the center of the Earth makes it an easily commutable destination, for people traveling from anywhere around the world, be it Asia, Africa, or Europe. The expected number of visitors is expected to cross 1.5 million, which if turn out to be true, would be an all-time record.
Overall Budget – $ 220 billion
Qatar is spending a mammoth total of $ 220 billion USD on infrastructural projects, constructing 8 different stadiums. The Qatar stadiums shall be equipped with all modern facilities and will be fully air-conditioned.
Things Qatar has in store for the visitors :
Not just the nail-biting matches, it has so much more to discover
Most of the Gulf states, in general, are expected to be strips of land, dusty and dreary- kind of soulless, kind of samey. But, Qatar once experienced would leave you with an entirely different opinion, with its incredible architecture, green spaces, and food streets.
The Arabian hospitality of Qatar is world-renowned, so are the hotels and other establishments for staying in the country, which makes it convenient for the visitors to arrive in Qatar. The locals often invite the visitors to their homes and serve them food. Serving the visitors Arabic coffee and sweets remain an expression of their hospitality.
Qatar that smells Attar
You wouldn’t see many places that smell as good as Doha. Pay a visit to Souq Waqif, where the streets are intertwined with the scents of Attars, kebabs, and cardamom tea. Weave through the narrow alleys and experience one of the most famous marketplaces in Qatar. Get some Al-Sadu weavings made from camel and goat hair by the nomadic Bedouin tribe or take the Oud fragrance of Qatar home with you.
Watch one of the most spectacular sunsets in the world and enjoy desert safari trips, ride camels, and camp under the stars, in a Bedouin tent, or perhaps visit Khor Al Udayd, which features sand dunes in stunning formations. There is also Al Jassasiya, a magnificent area of rock carvings, where visitors can see examples of pre-historic sculptures. You can also book a sand dunes tour from Doha. Drive up and down the dunes in kitted-out 4 by 4s, and try sandboarding.
Keeping up with the pace inside stadiums, the visitors can also enjoy an array of water sports activities in Qatar like fishing trips, rowing boats, water skiing, kitesurfing, paragliding, and scuba diving among shipwrecks or coral reefs. Qatar also has a number of unique islands like Palm Island, the artificial Pearl Island, and the Zekreet peninsula, which boasts picturesque beaches and natural rock formations.
Historical sites and castles
The archaeology and antiquity lovers can see many historical sites telling the story of Qatar’s distant past, such as the UNESCO world heritage site Al Zubarah and its unique fort. There is also the Museum of Islamic Art, Katara Cultural Village, and Souq Waqif, all among Qatar’s most popular tourist attractions.
If you are someone who loves traveling and football, then booking your flights to Qatar for the World Cup is a no brainer. You’re guaranteed to have a blast.
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