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Qatar Celebrates Summer and the World Cup

WHY IT RATES: Qatar will be hosting the World Cup soon enough, and celebrations are already beginning in 2018 with awesome themed additions to the Qatar Summer Festival.—Michael Schottey, TravelPulse Director of Digital Content.

Visitors to Qatar will never have to miss a moment of the World Cup this year, as it coincides with the 2.5 month-long fifth edition of the Qatar Summer Festival (QSF) running from June 14th to August 31st.

Mashal Shahbik, Director of Festivals and Tourism Events at the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), commented “Over the years, QSF has grown to become synonymous with family-friendly activities, entertainment, hospitality and shopping offers that bring color to everyone’s summer. In its fifth edition, we are particularly excited to add special activities for sports fans to enjoy the world’s most anticipated soccer tournament.”

With a host of immersive and interactive fan zones across the country, the host for the 2022 tournament is showing off its passion for the sport while giving visitors and locals a sneak peek of what to expect at the next edition of the World Cup.

Summer Hotel Deals

In addition to the Qatar Fan Zones, the Qatar Summer Festival has a lot to offer with hot deals and colorful entertainment. All throughout QSF, nearly 50 of Qatar’s four- and five-star hotels are providing a range of offers and discounts on room rates, brunches, beach and pool access, accommodation and spa treatments. To find out which hotel is offering what, guests can visit Retailers at 10 participating malls will also be offering up to 50% discounts and special promotions. For every US $55 spent at any of the outlets in QSF’s participating malls, shoppers can enter three raffle draws for a chance to win one of 25 exciting cash prizes worth more than US $274,640 or a Lamborghini Huracan (2018 model) super car.

Qatar Fan Zones set the Stage for Qatar 2022

Starting from their arrival at the airport and throughout their stay, the country’s variety of fan zones promise visitors an immersive soccer experience at different venues across Qatar. To celebrate the world’s biggest sporting event, Hamad International Airport (HIA), Khalifa International Stadium, Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena, Katara Cultural Village, as well as malls and hotels have been transformed into fan zones to transfer the atmosphere of the tournament in Russia to people in Qatar.

In addition to restyling the iconic Lamp Bear area of Hamad International Airport (HIA) to resemble a soccer pitch, all matches will be broadcast live at three areas close to the boarding gates. Qatar’s award-winning airport and transit hub, fan zone areas are designed to resemble a living room, a stadium and a majlis (a traditional Qatari seating area for receiving guests) to ensure that passengers feel fully immersed in the viewing experience and get a taste of what to expect when Qatar hosts the world’s biggest sporting event in 2022.

This initiative marks HIA’s latest steps on the country’s journey towards the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. HIA is set to increase its passenger capacity from 30 million passengers per year to a target of more than 50 million per year. During the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, HIA is expected to receive approximately 96,000 passengers per day.

Right up to the final day of the FIFA World Cup™, Qatar will be abuzz with activities to accompany the live screenings such as soccer freestylers, soccer jugglers and impromptu soccer matches. For a more interactive take on the soccer frenzy, die-hard fans can take a shot at Robot Goalie, foosball games, virtual soccer and much more. In addition to live screenings of all matches, Qatar Fan Zone at Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena will feature live entertainment and concerts, a gaming and activation area, and more than 40 food stalls. Free entry from Thursday, 14 June to Sunday, 15 July.

Rashed AlQuerese, Chief Marketing & Promotion Officer at Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), commented, “We are very pleased to have so many organisations across Qatar host fan zones for this tournament; it is truly an example of the cross-sector collaboration required for delivering impactful tourism products and events.” He added: “The World Cup’s overlap with the annual Qatar Summer Festival this year gives us the perfect opportunity to build our joint capabilities ahead of Qatar’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup in 2022.”

Entertainment City

The QSF family favorite returns to open its doors to the public on June 15th. Spread out over the expansive ground floor of the Doha Exhibition & Convention Center, the City’s key features include the world’s largest bouncy castle, an 18-hole mini-golf course, an ice skating rink, exciting rides, skill games, video games, as well as live entertainment shows. Open daily from 2:00pm to 11:00pm, families with young tots can head to Summer Entertainment City which boasts over 10,000 sq. ft. of games dedicated to celebrating soccer.

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