«World Cup 2022» .. additional momentum for tourism in Dubai

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 Dubai is preparing for a new tourism boom with the launch of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (November 20th), amid indications of an increase in reservations and hotel occupancy rates, which will coincide with the start of a new winter tourism season filled with an agenda full of exhibitions, events and conferences to continue the tourism momentum to complete a busy summer season. .

«World Cup 2022» .. additional momentum for tourism in Dubai

According to tourism and hotel experts, it is expected that the World Cup will contribute to supporting the tourism sector in Dubai, as the emirate’s hotels are preparing to receive fans coming to watch the World Cup matches, which will continue until December 18, attracting the interest of athletes, fans and football fans from all over the world. The emirate has a sign “full number”, while the holiday homes continue to provide additional options of distinguished accommodation, in a way that fulfills the desire of many visitors expected to arrive for privacy and quiet housing, especially for families.

Many hotels and holiday homes expect a full or almost full occupancy rate during the World Cup, especially with the announcement of “Fly Dubai” and Air Arabia, in addition to Gulf carriers, about shuttle services to Qatar on the occasion of the World Cup, as the tournament attracts audiences from all over the world, which establishes a boom in flows Tourists to the Emirates and the Cooperation Countries as basic options for hospitality in front of the arrivals.


Dubai Airport announced its full readiness to facilitate the transit of football fans who will travel through Dubai to attend the World Cup.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports and CEO of Dubai Airports, said: "The World Cup is being held for the first time in the Arab world and the Middle East, and we are currently putting in place travel procedures that will make transportation between the two countries much easier."

He added, "The registration will be done online, which will allow fans to "enter and exit very quickly" and avoid "the usual procedures" at Dubai International Airport, expecting a large number of flights through the airport daily during the World Cup to transport fans to and from Doha.

Qatar expects 1.4 million visitors during the finals, and many fans have expressed their willingness to reside in neighboring countries and cities, especially Dubai; Due to the many accommodation options and ease of travel to Qatar.

"Fly Dubai", Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Airways and Oman Air announced their intention to operate more than 160 daily shuttle flights from November 20 to go and return within 24 hours to and from Doha to follow the matches.

demand growth

Saeed Al Zubaidi, CEO of Like Home from Dar Al Zain Vacation Homes Rentals said: “Many fans will prefer to stay in Dubai and travel to Qatar to watch the matches because it is only 30 minutes away by plane, so they can visit Dubai while attending the World Cup in Qatar. He explained that the prices of holiday homes are witnessing continuous increases with the growth in demand, as the occupancy rate is expected to reach 100%, and therefore we focus on increasing the properties that we manage in order to accommodate the largest possible number of visitors.

He explained that the World Cup will be one of the factors supporting tourism in Dubai after the successful experience of "Expo 2020 Dubai", during which Dubai attracted millions of new visitors, and gave them the opportunity to get to know the Emirates and enjoy the distinctive features of Dubai, explaining that tourists' visits to "Expo" leave in They have a distinct impression through their follow-up to the events and the wonderful organization of the World Exhibition, especially while maintaining the general safety of visitors during the event while protecting them from risks due to “Covid” and that the good impression that resulted from the “Expo” and its global events will encourage many visitors to re-experience during the World Cup and return. Back to the Emirates.

And he pointed out that holiday homes constitute a qualitative addition to the hospitality sector in Dubai, as they give visitors more options, as many, especially families, prefer privacy and comfort and reside in equipped apartments in many distinctive areas in Dubai, explaining that the upcoming nationalities are expected to include all countries of the world during The World Cup, and in particular the 32 countries participating in the 2022 World Cup.

Positive effect

Horst Walther Jones, General Manager of Rixos Bab Al Bahr Hotel, said that sporting events in the Gulf region have already proven the strong role they play in promoting tourism in the countries of the region, adding that famous sporting events such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, Finally, Jeddah, the DP World Golf Championship and the famous annual Ras Al Khaimah Marathon reflected a significant increase in occupancy rates at Rixos Bab Al Bahr. These events attract not only athletes, but also their fans and spectators from around the world to attend these world events, as well as experience the famous and high-end levels of service.

He added: “The Qatar World Cup will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the tourism industry, not only in the UAE but in the entire Gulf region. We expect the UAE to be a major conduit for visitors to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Ras Al Khaimah International Airport makes Ras Al Khaimah easily accessible to international visitors as it is located a short drive from the other emirates, and is an attractive location for day trips, overnight stays, two-way vacations, and MICE functions.”


Jones noted that Rixos Bab Al Bahr is working closely with the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority to offer tourists a World Cup package that includes either discounts or access to local attractions, to ensure that visitors enjoy not only the resort but also the UAE's famous attractions.

He added, “By taking advantage of these special packages, Rixos Bab Al Bahr is specifically targeting the international market to attract more foreigners to the resort. The packages will be accompanied by a live broadcast of the World Cup matches at the resort so that guests can enjoy a relaxing holiday without missing out on any of the matches they have not booked for.”

peak demand

Osama Esmat, Head of Front Offices at Al Habtoor Polo Hotel & Resort, stressed that the launch of the World Cup, the largest event in the global sports calendar in Qatar during the peak tourism season in Dubai, will raise demand and occupancy rates to their highest levels.

He continued, "The upcoming reservations at Al Habtoor Polo for the World Cup period were generally from the Middle East, Africa and India. We have all the necessary facilities to accommodate all important events.”

He added that the Al Habtoor Polo team is currently working on some plans, and we look forward to unveiling them in the near future. As the World Cup is such a huge global phenomenon, we need to create activities and events that rise to the scale of this world-famous occasion, and hopefully we can make it happen.

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