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Qatar World Cup 2022: What’s in store? (Photos: Getty Images)

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Jul-22 16:02 first published at 16:02 PM


Hoteliers in Dubai are reporting an increase in room bookings in anticipation of the Qatar World Cup 2022, with many expecting to be fully booked during the football festival. With less than four months until fans descend on the region, and many planning to use neighboring countries – including the UAE – as a base to travel to and from tournaments, hotels are anticipating a surge in tourism. Follow our Google News channel online or via the app to stay up to date on the latest news. Premier Inn, one of the UK’s largest hotel brands with a growing presence in the Middle East, is preparing for an influx of guests at its 11 properties in the UAE and Qatar. “The World Cup, which falls during the peak travel season for inbound tourists, will be another boost for the tourism and hospitality sectors, and will further establish the UAE and the wider region as a world-leading destination for visitors from across the globe,” said Simon Leigh, managing director of Premier Inn MENA. “During the tournament, Premier Inn hotels will be a hive of activity in terms of overnight accommodation and people watching the games at our food and beverage outlets,” he added. While the event will take place in Qatar, the UAE will be a key hub for fans, whether they are ticket holders traveling on shuttle flights to the games or tourists and residents using the UAE as a base to soak up the local atmosphere.” He also stated that the company is seeing increased demand for bookings at all hotel locations, including the recently opened Premier Inn Barsha Heights, which is already at 70 percent occupancy for the World Cup period. “As always, there’s a strong demand for our airport hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where guests book accommodation before their flight or when they arrive,” Leigh added.

On September 3, 2019, Qataris gather in the capital Doha’s traditional Souq Waqif market as the official logo of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is projected on the front of a building. (AFP)

Saad al-Ghamdi is the complex director of sales and marketing for Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Le Meridien Fairway, Aloft Dubai Airport, Aloft Al Mina, Element Dubai Airport, and Element Al Mina.

These hotels are also preparing for a surge in visitors.

“We’ve already seen a spike in November room searches in recent weeks, and we expect a large number of ticket holders to base themselves in Dubai throughout the FIFA World Cup,” al-Ghamdi said. “With four of our properties so close to the airport, we’re confident we’ll see an increase in group and transient bookings for those who want to take advantage of the match day shuttle services provided by regional airlines.” Bumper boom in the fourth quarter of 2022 Colliers’ latest MENA Hotel Forecast predicts a bumper boom for the UAE tourism industry during the fourth quarter of 2022. Hotels in Dubai Creek and Festival City are expected to see the highest year-on-year increase in occupancy rates since 2021, rising 19 percent to an estimated 77 percent. General manager Siddhartha Sattanathan of Radisson Dubai DAMAC Hills expects events other than the Qatar World Cup 2022 to result in large group bookings at the hotel. “In addition to the World Cup, we are looking to capitalize on demand generated by other leading events associated with other sports such as Golf, F1, and Rugby,” he told Al Arabiya English. “Not to mention that the month has traditionally been one of the busiest months for inbound tourism over the years due to the pleasant weather conditions that we enjoy.” Over 1.2 million World Cup tickets have been sold. Organizers announced this week that more than 1.2 million tickets for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup have been sold. According to FIFA, the world football’s governing body, the most recent phase of ticket sales, a random selection draw, ended at the end of April, with 23.5 million ticket requests coming in from Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Mexico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

On September 3, 2019, a man photographs the tournament’s official logo for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, which is displayed on the wall of the amphitheater in Doha, Qatar. (Reuters)

According to Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary general of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, a total of two million tickets will be available during the 28-day tournament in November and December.

The next chance to buy World Cup tickets will be on a first-come, first-served basis, but no date has been set.

The World Cup qualification matches have now concluded, and all 32 available tournament slots have been filled.

Qatar hopes to attract 1.2 million visitors during the World Cup, nearly half of its population.

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