Whether your team won, got knocked out early, or didn’t even qualify, it’s likely that you got swept up in the excitement of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but now that everything has come to an end, it’s easy for soccer or football fans to feel a bit deflated. Fear not, however, because we at Must Do Travels are already looking ahead to 2022 … in Qatar.
The World Cup in Qatar
This will be the first World Cup held in an Arab nation, so there is bound to be a lot of excitement, and with Qatar being as small as it is (less than 12,000km2), no matter where you stay, you won’t be far from the action. The World Cup in 2022 will be played in seven cities throughout this small Middle Eastern country in November and December, which means that the temperatures will be much more tolerable. These seven cities currently include Lusail, Al Khor, Al Wakrah, Al Rayyan and Doha.
Qatar has committed to building some amazing and environmentally friendly stadiums. The stadiums are being developed to the highest sustainability standards, and they will be equipped with eco-friendly cooling systems. After the World Cup, the stadiums will be disassembled, and the parts will be donated to countries with sporting facilities that are less developed.
Interested in going? Here’s what you need to know:
There are plenty of travel packages already available out there, so once you’ve found the one that works best for you, here is what you can look forward to experiencing upon your arrival. Doha is the nation’s capital, and it’s lit – and we mean that in multiple ways. The city is the cultural hub of the country, full of luxurious hotels, world-class dining experiences, shopping malls, awe-inspiring architecture and so much more. Doha is where most people will be vying to stay.
If you’re interested in history, this small nation can undoubtedly provide, as it can date itself back as far as some of humanities earliest civilizations. Check out the Souq Waqif in Doha, a world-class market that is centuries old and filled with artisanal goods and cafes. You can also check out the Falcon Souq, located just off of the market, where you can find an entire shop full of birds and chat with the shopkeepers about the nation’s valued art of falconry.
Maybe now you’re thinking, “That’s great, MDT, but what if I just want to relax?” Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered there too because Qatar is on a peninsula, which means it has plenty of beaches. While we mentioned that the World Cup is being held in November and December, Qatar’s cooler period, the temperatures will still average around 75 degrees Fahrenheit, so make sure you pack your bathing suit and a good beach read because in between matches you’ll have plenty of opportunities to use them.
So now you’re all set! With Qatar’s innovative stadiums, cultural offerings, and what always proves to be a fantastic sporting event, there’s so much to explore and enjoy in this tiny country. 2022 World Cup, here we come!