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FIFA World Cup Qatar: 10 of the most exciting new hotels

Today marks the one-year countdown to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Qatar Tourism reveals 10 spectacular new hotels and attractions set to open before the kicks off. 

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Qatar will have up to 130,000 available rooms for the one million-plus fans expected over the course of the 28-day tournament.

Today marks the one-year countdown to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Qatar Tourism reveals 10 spectacular new hotels and attractions set to open before the kicks off. 

Qatar gears up to welcome more than one million fans across the duration of the 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 travelers 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:

1Qetaifan Island NorthNear Lusail CityBilled as the first “Entertainment Island” in Qatar, the development 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.
2Katara TowersLusail Marina DistrictHosting 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. 
3Place VendômeLusailPlace Vendôme is set to open in the city of Lusail in Qatar and will bring together retail, leisure and entertainment. The development 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.
4Rosewood Central DohaLocated 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.
5Aljaber Twin TowersLusail Marina DistrictOne of the Aljaber Twin Towers 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.
6Pullman DohaWest BayBrilliantly situated in Doha’s most prominent district, the five-star Pullman Doha West Bay hotel will be set in a stunning high-rise modern tower.
7Dream DohaDohaSet 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.
8The St. Regis Marsa Arabia IslandThe Pearl-QatarCelebrating 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. 
9ME DohaDohaThe hotel will boast 235 room keys, MICE facilities, an infinity pool and a range of dining options.
10West WalkAl WaabA 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.

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.

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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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