UAE set to roll out the red carpet for FIFA World Cup visitors

Scheduled to take place from November 20 to December 18, the sporting event in Qatar is expected to bring thousands of fans to the Emirates


Nasreen Abdulla

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Published: Thu 15 Sep 2022, 7:13 AM

Last updated: Tue 27 Sep 2022, 2:58 PM

From dedicated fan zones to special room rates, the UAE is all set to roll out the red carpet to welcome football fans from all over the world during the Qatar World Cup.

Scheduled to take place from November 20 to December 18, the FIFA World Cup in Qatar is expected to bring thousands of fans to the UAE. The football competition that occurs once every four years is one of the most anticipated sporting events in the world.

Khaleej Times rounds up some of the most significant events that will be happening during the sporting event in the country

1. Fan Zones

Football Park Fan Zone, DIFC

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) will be hosting a unique Football Park Fan Zone which will bring together Michelin-starred restaurants, butler services and a concierge for fans. The tickets for these go on sale today, September 15. Fans will be able to watch the matches on a huge screen on the podium of the Gate Avenue.

Habtoor Grand Resort fan club:

Experience the games at the British eatery at Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection in JBR with multiple screens both indoors and outdoors and a selection of food.

2. Hotels

Room rates are expected to soar 20 per cent during the period and hotels are expecting to be operating at 100 per cent capacity. Here are some hotels offering special Qatar World Cup Packages:

NH Hotel

Sports tourism agency Expat Sports has teamed up with NH Hotel to offer a unique experience called ‘Football Fans Dubai Experience’. Guests can avail of packages that will include daily flights to Qatar, free shuttle buses to Dubai fan zones and other perks.

Ghaya Grand Hotel

This hotel based in Dubai Production city is offering a limited time early bird offer which offers a discount on laundry services, spa treatments and food and beverages.

Nasma Luxury Stays

Nasma Luxury Stays offers private apartments ranging from studios to villas at prices between Dh400 to Dh4,500 per night for the duration of the FIFA World Cup.

3. Flights

Three airlines in the UAE - Etihad Airlines, Air Arabia and FlyDubai have announced shuttle services to Qatar, taking the flights between the two countries up to more than 60 a day.

Only those with valid tickets to the matches will be able to take these flights. On certain airlines, passengers can carry only 10 kg of hand luggage and no check-in baggage is allowed on this flight. Flyers will also need a Hayya Card to access the stadium and avail of the free transportation to and from stadiums on the Doha metro.

In addition to this, there are several private jet companies, including DC Aviation Al-Futtaim and JetzHub, that are offering their services during the period.

4. Visa

Special multiple-entry visas have been introduced by the UAE for those who will be travelling to the country to watch the Qatar World Cup. Holders of the ‘Hayya’ Card issued to those who have tickets to the World Cup matches will be able to enter and stay in the UAE for 90 days using this visa that just costs Dh100. This visa can be extended for another 90 days according to the conditions, procedures and the normal fees followed in the current visa system in the UAE.


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