Qatar Tourism reveals 10 spectacular new hotels and attractions set to open before the tournament kicks off. Qatar Tourism previously revealed there are over 100 hotels and hotel apartments in the country’s construction pipeline. More than 40 are scheduled to be opened over the next 12 months, as Qatar gears up to welcome more than one million fans across the duration of the tournament.
To meet demand Qatar is looking to utilise every available accommodation option. Innovative choices for fans in 2022 will include camping in the desert and staying on board a temporarily moored cruise liner with stunning views of Doha’s cityscape skyline. Qatar will have up to 130,000 available rooms for the one million-plus fans expected over the course of the 28-day tournament.
Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Tourism, Berthold Trenkel, said: “Football fans will have an exceptional variety of accommodation options to choose from. We want travellers to discover the best of Qatari and Middle Eastern hospitality and have an unforgettable experience that will make them want to return. As well as watching the football, we encourage all fans to investigate Qatar’s variety of attractions, from sampling the local cuisine to exploring our iconic museums, from exhilarating dune bashing to relaxing in the spa or at the beach, there is something for everyone.”
10 of the most exciting new hotels and attractions include:
Qetaifan Island North
Near Lusail City
Billed as the first “Entertainment Island” in Qatar, thedevelopment will include a luxurious resort, state-of-the-art water park, beach club, retail, and mixed-use towers. The island will be close to Lusail Stadium where the finals of the FIFA World Cup 2022™ will take place.
Lusail Marina District
Hosting a five-star hotel, the iconic towers in Lusail are an architectural translation of Qatar’s national seal, representing the traditional scimitar swords. The building will also debut the Fairmont and Raffles brands in Qatar.
Place Vendôme is set to open in the city of Lusail in Qatar and will bring together retail, leisure and entertainment. Thedevelopment will house two five-star hotels (Le Royal Méridien and Palais Vendôme, a Luxury Collection Hotel), serviced apartments (Le Royal Méridien Residences), up to 560 different retail outlets, and a gorgeous open plaza surrounded by cafés and restaurants.
Located in two stunning towers inspired by Qatar’s coral reefs, Rosewood Doha and Rosewood Residence Doha will consist of a luxury hotel, spa, and state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Aljaber Twin Towers
Lusail Marina District
One of the Aljaber TwinTowers will be a 22-storey hotel in the Marina District, offering apartments, royal suites and a rooftop swimming pool and restaurant overlooking the Arab Gulf.
Brilliantly situated in Doha’s most prominent district, the five-star Pullman Doha West Bayhotel will be set in a stunning high-rise modern tower.
Set to be Dream Hotel Group’s flagship property in the Gulf, the amazing 266-room property will feature eight different dining and nightlife venues, 35 residential apartments, as well as a lush pool area; all combining to create a segment-defining hospitality experience.
The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island
Celebrating the rich heritage of oriental culture, The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island, The Pearl-Qatar,will offer an exceptional oasis with a unique stand-alone location that sets it apart from any development in Qatar.
The hotel will boast 235 room keys, MICE facilities, an infinity pool and a range of dining options.
A unique mixed-use development in the heart of Doha’s most popular neighbourhood, with a four-star hotel, cinema, and hypermarket, with lots of cafes and shops.
The new properties add to a large list of major developments and openings launched in the past two years. This month saw the opening of the hotly anticipated Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som, a pioneering destination already accoladed the ‘World’s Best New Wellness Retreat in 2020’ by the World’s Spa Awards UK.
Zulal is the largest wellness destination in the Middle East. The 280,000-square metre resort is split into two parts: Zulal Serenity, designed for adults and Zulal Discovery, designed for families.
Another exciting recent opening has been the Banyan Tree Doha, a five-star luxury property elegantly designed by renowned interior designer, Jacques Garcia. The hotel features an authentic Italian restaurant called Il Galante, inspired by the authenticity of the 18th century Il Cuoco Galante Cookbook.
New theme parks have also recently opened, including the Desert Falls Water & Adventure Park at Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas, the country’s largest waterpark with 28 exhilarating rides and slides. And the Quest theme park, which opened in July, is home to the world’s tallest indoor shot and drop tower and the world’s tallest indoor rollercoaster.
Every new hotel and attraction contributes a unique amenity or experience to Qatar’s existing 180+ property portfolio. The country’s priority is for all fans and travellers who visit Qatar to have a safe and seamless end-to-end experience.
Qatar is consistently ranked by Numbeo as the safest country in the world for crime and general safety. The average temperature in Qatar during November and December is 18-24°C – perfect for fans and players.