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Travelling to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022?

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    Jul 20
    Travelling to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022?

    Come November, an estimated 1.5 million fans from around the world will descend on Qatar for the 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup. This will be the first time ever that football’s biggest and most highly anticipated event will be hosted in the Arab world.To get more news about XemBD, you can visit xembd.cc official website.

    For first-time travellers to Qatar and even for those who’ve been to the Middle Eastern nation before, planning a trip that revolves around the World Cup can be a daunting task.

    Ardent fan and entrepreneur Ankur Choudhury is looking forward to visiting Qatar in December for the final match. “Even though my favourite team, Italy didn’t qualify for the World Cup this time, I still want to go watch at least the final match live. This is the first time that the tournament is being held so close to India, and I’d be missing a great chance if I didn’t go for it,” he says.Choudhury also plans to take his wife and 2-year-old son along and make a family holiday out of it for 3-4 days. “That is where I get confused about the trip planning,” he says. “I still have to find a hotel that’d be safe and suitable for a family. Plus, I’m pretty clueless about what to do or see there besides the World Cup.”

    From finding the right accommodation that suits your budget and preference, to searching for places to eat and things to do besides attending the matches, to Covid travel requirements, drawing up such a travel plan can indeed be challenging. Which is why we’ve done the homework and put together this guide on everything there is to know about travelling to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup:Occupying a small desert peninsula on the west coast of the Persian Gulf, the independent emirate of Qatar presents a rich cultural tapestry with modern cosmopolitan sophistication. Here ancient dwellings and neolithic rock carvings are only a stone’s throw away from modern skyscrapers, world-class museums and glistening malls.

    Capital city and economic centre Doha is Qatar’s fastest growing city, with over 80 percent of the nation’s population living here. It ranks high on the Global Peace Index and is one of the safest places to live in or travel to for both individuals and families.

    With 13 percent of the global oil reserves under its control, Qatar is also one of the richest countries in the world. Yet, it is fairly easy to visit and explore without breaking the bank.National carrier Qatar Airways flies several times daily from Delhi and Mumbai to Doha’s Hamad International Airport. Additionally, a host of other international and domestic airlines fly to or via Doha from major cities in India. Qatar Airways has also introduced World Cup Travel Packages that include round-trip flights from your city of departure to Doha, accommodation at a hotel in the category of your choice with daily breakfast, and tournament tickets with guaranteed seats at your favourite team’s matches.

    Fully-vaccinated and recovered passengers travelling to Qatar from India will have to present a negative RT-PCR test result, obtained no more than 48 hours before departure.

    Unvaccinated children below the age of 12 travelling with vaccinated or recovered parents are not required to have a pre-travel PCR test, but will have to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test at a public clinic within 24 hours of arrival in Qatar.Doha has a robust public transport system, with the state-of-the-art Doha Metro featuring driverless 100 kmph trains connecting the capital’s best cultural, leisure and shopping attractions. It also links Hamad International Airport to five of the eight stadiums where the World Cup matches are scheduled to be held. A journey costs as little as 2 QAR (Qatari Riyal), after you purchase a reusable travel card valid for five years for 10 Riyal (around Rs 215). A series of tram services also operates in specific districts of the city for the same cost.

    Cycling is another great way to explore Doha, with new tracks being added constantly. Most notable is the 33 km-long Olympic Cycling Track, which holds the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous cycle path in the world. Several 5 km-long, less strenuous tracks include the Lusail International Circuit, the scenic Al Bidda Park and the Aspire Zone Park. Bicycles can be hired at the tracks for a small fee.