THE WORLD CUP QATAR 2022: WHAT TO EXPECT
The most anticipated sporting event of 2022, the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, is going to be the 22nd iteration of the tournament and the first to be held in the Arab world. Usually known as a summer event, this year’s World Cup has been shifted to the cooler months of November and December due to the excessive heat that occurs throughout the summer. The tournament will spread over 29 days, from 20th November to 18th December, with the final being set for Qatar’s National Day. The organisers assert that this will be a unique world-class football competition unlike any other.
Due to Qatar’s location, the tournament will be more accessible than ever: the majority of the world’s population can reach the World Cup site in Qatar within a single day. Fans may use it as a jumping-off point to explore the surrounding area before, during and after the event. Due to the small size of Qatar, spectators will have the opportunity to see more than one game every day. They just need to arrive at one airport, without having to change hotels for the duration of the competition. It also gives players a welcome break from the grind of the road and lets them focus on their preparation and recovery rather than logistics.
They say the World Cup is not all about football. At its core, the World Cup is an emotion. The happiness and unity felt by those present reaches and cheers many more people watching the event at home. Stadiums get transformed into vibrant centres of activity. The event elevates what would otherwise be a simple football competition. It’s the people that make the World Cup what it is, the ones that show up to take part in the experience, soak up the atmosphere, and provide their own vibe and colouring.
It is expected that over 1.5 million fans will show up during the course of the tournament’s 28 days. However, there are only around 175, 000 hotel rooms for tourists. The sum includes conventional two- to five-star hotels as well as serviced flats and villas, all of which will be overseen by a team of 10, 000 people. As for the variety of lodging options, the organisers have tried to be quite inventive: two luxury cruise ships, known as floating hotels, will be stationed in Doha Port, offering a total of 4, 000 guest rooms during the tournament. Fans may also take advantage of the fan villages with tent and cabin accommodations. Alternatively, they can stay in the nearby United Arab Emirates and take the quick journey to Doha from Dubai (just 70 minutes) .
A Hayya Card will be required of all spectators, both local and foreign. It will act as a form of identification for fans, the match ticket to enter the stadium, as well as a pass for free bus, subway and tram rides on game days.