News — 26.10.22

With one month to go until the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Qatar Tourism has revealed new tourism attractions, hotels, and resorts that will be open for fans to enjoy during the tournament.

This unprecedented year of development represents a major milestone in Qatar’s emergence as a tourist destination, with the country seeking to welcome six million visitors a year by 2030.

Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Tourism, Berthold Trenkel, said: “2022 has been an extraordinary year in Qatar with so many major new hotel and tourism openings. From shopping malls to beach clubs, museums to theme parks, there are now activities and experiences in Qatar for every type of traveller, from every nation, and to suit every budget. With more than one million fans expected to visit for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, we’re proud to be able to offer a true breadth of experiences and entertainment beyond our stadiums, fan festivals and matches.”

The new attractions build on a wave of new openings for visitors throughout 2022. March witnessed the opening of 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, the world’s most sophisticated modern museum dedicated to sport. The following month the extravagant shopping mall Place Vendôme opened its doors, featuring over 500 stores and an entertaining dancing fountain display. The Le Royal Méridien Doha hotel was then blended seamlessly into the new French-inspired mall this summer. This year also saw other hotel openings such as the region’s largest wellness resort: Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som.

This pioneering destination on the northern tip of Qatar blends traditional Arabic and Islamic medicine to create immersive health and lifestyle resets, along with family-focused wellness journeys. Pullman Doha West Bay then opened in August, set in a stunning high-rise modern tower, and conveniently situated in Doha’s West Bay district.

In 2021 there were lots of other exciting openings. The theme park Quest Doha launched with over 30 rides including the world’s tallest indoor rollercoaster, and the world’s tallest indoor shot & drop tower. The luxury five-star Banyan Tree Doha opened with five opulent dining options and a Rainforest Hydrotherapy spa. The Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas also opened its doors with 3.5km of picturesque private beaches, and the Desert Falls Water and Adventure Park, one of the largest theme parks in the Middle East, opened with 28 slides and rides.