Everything travelers need to know about going to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup

A soccer World Cup in Qatar, whose idea was that, you ask? The truth is that only a few people on the planet thought this would be a good idea. We’re just four months away from a World Cup in the Middle East where the temperature will average over 30°C a day despite the event taking place during the ‘cooler’ months in Qatar. On top of that, most of the domestic leagues around the world will have to come to an unprecedented pause in order for the competition to be held during months when the players won’t spontaneously combust.

This tournament location is the brainchild of only a handful of people but the good news is that you can give Qatar a wide berth this fall and follow the action on TV from the comfort of your own home. Alternatively, you can also keep abreast of how the tournament is unfolding online. Fans can access online promotions of up to $250 in free bets as well as options to live stream soccer matches from their mobile or desktop devices, courtesy of well-established sports betting sites. Furthermore, signing-on bonuses can be used to bet on the 2022 World Cup outright markets, where Brazil are currently the favorite to win the competition at odds of +450. Indeed, it's never been easier to stay at home while remaining connected to the action without having to jet off to the Middle East for the most peculiar World Cup ever to be staged.

For those more daring that have managed to access tickets through the various FIFA ballots and are now lined up to head to Qatar, here’s everything you need to know, including how to get the best business class ticket deals.

Getting around Qatar

To start with, you’ll have to apply for a Hayya Card which is, in essence, your entry permit to Qatar as well as your stadium pass to all the games. Fans can apply at Qatar2022.qa for a Hayya Card and should be granted one without much hassle provided that they have authentic tickets.

Where to stay

As for where to stay, booking a hotel is reasonably straightforward but spectators will have to provide proof of a ticket application number in order to reserve a room. The accommodation in question does vary but fans would ordinarily have access to Hilton and Four Seasons hotels in Doha but they have long been booked up by various corporations who are attending the World Cup. Funnily enough, this is where a trip to Qatar may pay off and provide lifelong memories given that most fans will be forced to look for alternative accommodation. Desert safari and camping on the dunes should be high on the list of places to stay during games.

Essentially, this will enable World Cup-goers to enjoy a bucket list experience that may not be repeated otherwise. Of course, that may prove to be too expensive so fans should keep an eye on the latest travel news for affordable deals closer to the time, but everyone should try and see the awe-inspiring deserts one way or another if they can.

Dazzling Doha

In fact, for all the cynicism this article has had so far about a soccer World Cup in Qatar, the inescapable truth is that Doha is a city that will take your breath away. Indeed, jaw-dropping skyscrapers tower over the east coast of the Persian Gulf while traditional markets can be found in the shadow of these architectural wonders.

Tourists will be equally treated to the modern and ancient that are separated by just a stone’s throw. It’s also worth mentioning that Qatar’s can-do attitude to the future is infectious and will leave its mark on you as you marvel at the city of Doha.

When all is said and done, perhaps a soccer World Cup in Doha can work, and perhaps it may not. All we can do is wait and see.

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