During the Qatar World Cup in 2022, Dubai hotels expected nearly full occupancy.

As thousands of football enthusiasts prepare to use nearby nations as a base for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, hotels in Dubai anticipate being nearly packed in the last months of the year.

The FIFA World Cup, which starts on November 21 and is contested every four years, has drawn the most enthusiasm from countries with a long record of winning. Fans from South American and European countries are making most hotel reservations because they anticipate their teams will advance further in the tournament.

According to Radisson Hotels’ cluster senior executive David Allen, group reservations are widely accepted. “We are seeing a lot of demand here because there is little to no supply in Qatar,” he said.

The groups are making reservations from the more famous World Cup winners, including Spain, Brazil, Argentina, and Germany. Reservations of 50 and 100 are being made at a time, indicating that many South Americans are coming in groups and will undoubtedly have a strong base here.

There are various accommodation options in Doha for visiting football enthusiasts in Qatar. Several pricey or fully booked choices range from specific fan camps in temporary accommodation 40 minutes outside the city to cruise ships stationed in the sparkling West Bay.

According to Mr. Allen, Dubai is a popular choice. “We are cautious not to block reservations for teams from the Netherlands and Germany, for example, because we must be cautious about gathering rival fans. Although it is something we are aware of, it should be obvious. I don’t think there will be any problems.”

With Air Arabia and flydubai running a collective total of more than 45 daily shuttle flights from Dubai and Sharjah into Doha, the UAE has become a popular choice for fans. All match pass holders with a current Hayya fan ID and a valid visitor visa for Qatar are permitted to travel, and they must be in Doha at least four hours before and return from the venue four hours after the match. Numerous hotels in Dubai are anticipated to run miniature fan zones and install giant screens from which fans may watch games during the month-long competition.

According to Varun Ahuja, sales director at Aloft Dubai South, “the forthcoming Qatar World Cup has produced an air of confidence in the tourism business, with a surge in hotel reservations across the Emirates for November and beyond.”
“We have accepted hotel reservations from fans and traveling individuals, primarily from Latin America, the UK, and Germany.
“Family reservations with a perfect length of stay somewhere between five and seven days are also beginning to appear,” the spokesperson added.

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