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Qatar Tourism's press kit contains images, videos, factsheets and FAQs to show what Qatar has to offer as a destination and the experiences available.

Broadcasters and media owners can use our content free of charge for a year subject to including the line ‘Courtesy of Qatar Tourism’.  The reference should be displayed in a readable font for the viewer and be positioned in the corner of the screen. If you are a corporate or commercial entity, please contact Qatar Tourism for permission using the form below.

Please click the links below to download a selection of images of Qatar’s top attractions and experiences.

Please click the links below to download a selection of videos of Qatar’s top attractions and experiences.

Destination videos

Qatar Tourism has an extensive footage library, from the skies, to close-ups of all the adventures, action and activities on offer in the country.

We have compiled a selection of 1080p videos of Qatar’s top attractions.

Terms & Conditions: Destination videos should be credited to Qatar Tourism

Spectacular aerial views of Qatar

Enjoy stunning aerial views of Qatar, showcasing the country's offerings in terms of nature, gems, city highlights and beyond.

For additional videos, please contact our team by filling in the form below.

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Welcome to Qatar

Explore the Middle East’s best kept secret.

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Qatar: Key Facts

Useful information, the must-have mobile applications, and key facts about Qatar.

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Top things to do

What to do in Qatar – inside and outside of Doha.

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Dining in Qatar

Top places to dine in Qatar.

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Qatar & Culture

Discover traditional Qatari culture.

Qatar is ready to welcome over one million fans to the Middle East’s first ever FIFA World Cup™. Visitors will find a huge variety of sights and attractions to experience beyond the matches, all with the promise of warm Arabian hospitality.

Here we have compiled answers to our most frequently asked questions. For additional enquiries please do not hesitate to contact us using the form below.

 

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  • All eight stadiums for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ have been completed in advance of the tournament and Qatar is ready to welcome fans from around the world.
  • All eight venues are within easy reach of each other. The longest distance between stadiums is just 75 kilometres by road, the shortest just 5 kilometres, meaning fans can attend more than one match a day during the group stage phase and stay in the same accommodation throughout the tournament.
  • There will also be fan zones during the tournament dotted across the country that will offer a wide variety of food and beverages, as well as the FIFA Fan Festival™, a single venue in Al Bidda Park with capacity for 40,000 simultaneous visitors. 
  • Fans can use sustainable public transportation systems free of charge to travel around the country, using their Hayya cards. The new Doha Metro will be the main mode of transport for fans, taking an estimated 200,000+ cars off the road. Qatar has also invested in electric buses and many venues have electric trams in their surrounding precincts. 
  • With so much to explore travellers should head to www.visitqatar.com, or download the Visit Qatar App, to discover the country’s abundance of undiscovered experiences and varied itineraries suitable for every type of trip and traveller.
  • Qatar is home to a diverse range of heritage, historical and modern sights, from the Al Zubarah UNESCO World Heritage Site to the futuristic Msheireb Downtown Doha, from the bustling Souq Waqif to the glamorous The Pearl-Qatar manmade island.
  • Iconic museums include the National Museum of Qatar, the Museum of Islamic Art, and the recently opened 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museums.
  • Nature lovers can seek out the famous Arabian Oryx on a desert safari, kayaking through mangroves, or spot Whale Sharks, the largest fish in the world which gathers in large numbers of Qatar’s coast, on a dedicated tour.
  • The impressive 'Inland Sea' or Khor Al Adaid, a UNESCO -recognised site, lies to the south of Doha, and is one of the few places in the world where the sea encroaches into the desert.
  • In terms of crime and general safety, Qatar has been consistently been ranked the safest country in the world by Numbeo from 2020-2022. Doha was ranked the second safest city in Numbeo’s Crime Index by City in 2022.
  • Thanks to comprehensive measures put in place by the government, Qatar recorded a very low Covid-19 mortality rate by global comparison, and more than 7.5million vaccine doses have been administered in the country date.
  • Qatar Tourism runs a Service Excellence programme to galvanise everyone in the country to ensure best-in-class experiences at every stage of a visitor’s journey, from the “Qatar Clean” hygiene and cleanliness plan to a comprehensive training programme for tourism workers.
  • Launched with the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), “Qatar Clean” is a certification we give to hotels and attractions that meet the highest standards of hygiene and safety. 100% of Qatar Tourism licensed hotels are now certified.

From 01 November 2022 all visitors will no longer be required to take a PCR or rapid antigen test to enter the country. All visitors will not need to pre-register on the Ehteraz health application, and the Ehteraz mobile app will only be required to access public and private healthcare facilities in Qatar.

The new policy changes add to the easing of restrictions in September, which removed the need for a vaccination certificate to be shown to enter the country.

 

Lusail Stadium:

  • Capacity: 80,000
  • Designed by British architects Foster + Partners, Lusail Stadium is designed to mirror the ancient Arab craft of bowl weaving, with the interplay of light and shadow that characterises the traditional fanar lantern. At night, an advanced lighting system will maximise the interaction of the light and openings in the façade, mimicking the welcoming glow of a fanar lantern for approaching fans.

Stadium 974

  • Capacity: 40,000
  • Designed by FIA Fenwick Iribarren Architects, Stadium 974 is constructed entirely from shipping containers and modular steel, a homage to Qatar’s tradition of worldwide trade and seafaring.

Al Thumama Stadium:

  • Capacity: 40,000
  • The first FIFA World Cup™ venue to be designed by a Qatari architect – Ibrahim M. Jaidah. The stadium has a smooth and simple outer form, covered with white cladding. The inspiration for the design stems from a gahfiya, a traditional woven cap worn by Arab men.

Al Bayt Stadium

  • Capacity: 60,000
  • The first match of the first FIFA World Cup 2022™ to take place in the Middle East will fittingly be held in a stadium called ‘home’, in Arabic. Al Bayt Stadium is built in the shape of a traditional Bedouin tent, bayt al sha’ar, a symbol of hospitality in the desert where guests are welcomed to relax and meet the locals.

Al Janoub Stadium

  • Capacity: 40,000
  • This stadium’s design reflects the sails of Qatar’s wooden dhow boats, traditionally responsible for much of the country’s economy. Al Janoub Stadium was designed by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.

Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

  • Capacity: 40,000
  • The design of Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan is the story of Qatar. The most striking feature is a glowing façade, comprised of patterns that characterise different aspects of the country: the importance of family, beauty of the desert,  native flora and fauna, and the local and international trade.

Education City Stadium

  • Capacity: 40,000
  • Dubbed the “Diamond in the Desert” owing to its façade, Education City Stadium opened in June 2020. Nestled amidst the university campuses in Qatar Foundation's Education City complex, the stadium is shaped like a jagged diamond.

Khalifa International Stadium

  • Capacity: 40,000
  • Built in 1976 in Al Rayyan, Khalifa International Stadium has long been the cornerstone of the country's significant sporting tradition. Transformed and reopened in 2017 ahead of the FIFA World Cup™, the stadium now boasts an ultramodern shape and dual arches that represent continuity and embracing fans from around the globe.

For more information on all the stadiums visit: https://www.visitqatar.qa/intl-en/things-to-do/adventures/other-sports-and-activities/stadium-in-qatar

  • Qatar is expected to welcome more than one million plus visitors for the duration of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, which will last for 28 days, from 21 November – 18 December 2022.
  • Qatar will be the first country in the Middle East and Arab world to host the World Cup.
  • Qatar’s goal is to welcome more than six million visitors a year by 2030, which would make the country the fastest growing international travel destination in the MENA region.
  • An extensive tourism development strategy is underway, including the construction of many new resorts, hotels and hotel apartments, which will meet the needs of every budget.
  • The work does not stop after the World Cup as the country has an ambitious strategy to boost the number of inbound visitors to Qatar to more than six million a year by 2030.

There are exceptional new tourism developments opening across the country, for example:

  • Lusail Winter Wonderland will open in November, featuring 50 rides, restaurants and cafes, world-famous beach clubs and live entertainment.
  • Billed as the first “Entertainment Island” in Qatar, the upcoming Qetaifan Island North project will feature floating hotels, beach clubs and a water park with 36 rides
  • Another major development is West Bay North Beach, which will encompass 40,000 square metres of premium beachfront in the heart of Doha. New public and private beaches will create a sought-after city beach experience for everyone to enjoy
  • In addition, a number of new hotels have either recently opened or are set to open their doors very soon. 
  • Qatar has hosted more than 600 sporting events over the last ten years, and many of these will continue post-2022. There are a number of annual sporting events that will continue to be hosted in Qatar after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ including the WTA Qatar Ladies Open and Qatar ExxonMobil (tennis), Commercial Bank Golf Masters (golf), and Grand Prix of Qatar (motorcycling).
  • Additionally, Qatar will host the 2030 Asian Games.
  • At the pinnacle of the sporting calendar will be the Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix, which Qatar will host for ten years from 2023. The maiden Qatar Formula 1 Grand Prix took place at the Lusail Circuit last year and was a great success.
  • Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism has also announced partnerships with GKA Kite World Tour and the global IRONMAN series, to become their official airline and tourism partners until 2024 and 2025 respectively.
  • During the tournament there will be fan zones and special events across the country. The FIFA Fan Festival™ at Al Bidda Park will have space for 40,000 visitors and screen 170 hours of live match viewings.
  • There will be special exhibitions, cultural festivals, fashion shows and concerts across the country.
  • A street carnival will be held along the Corniche, Arcadia Spectacular will host some of the world’s best techno and house music DJs under a giant metal spider, light shows will illuminate the new Lusail Boulevard, MDL Beast Presents – ARAVIA music festival will be staged in Al Wakrah.
  • Visitors can explore Qatar’s wide range of attractions and activities, from theme parks to beaches, desert safaris, water sports, iconic museums, and so much more
  • Visitors should head to www.visitqatar.com, or download the Visit Qatar App, to discover the country’s abundance of experiences.
  • The new Doha Metro will be used as the main mode of transport for fans during the tournament, taking an estimated 200,000+ cars off the road.
  • Qatar has invested in thousands of electric buses and many venues have electric trams in their surrounding precincts.
  • Water taxis will also be available, given many of Qatar’s venues are close to the coast.
  • A journey on the Doha Metro will be free for all fans using their ‘Hayya’ ID card, which is required to gain entry to the country during the tournament.
  • The main target for is an ambitious goal to welcome more than six million visitors a year by 2030.
  • The national tourism strategy also aims to, by 2030:
    • Increase the tourism contribution to GDP to 12%
    • Increase visitors’ in-destination spend by three- to four-fold from 2019 levels
    • Position Doha as one of the top 20 cities by spend per tourist
    • Make Qatar a global leader in Service Excellence

During the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Qatar Tourism will operate a hotline to provide fans and visitors with information about all the top things to do, events, and Qatar Tourism’s products and services:

Tourism Hotline

  • Local: 106
  • International: +974 4406 9921

World Cup Hotline:

  • Local: 2022
  • International: +974 4441 2022

Qatar Event Calendar

Qatar has a vibrant calendar of festivals and tourism events that take place every year and help build interest in the country’s diverse and authentic tourism offerings.

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Take holiday snaps to the next level with #PostsOfQatar

Posts of Qatar is an incredible live destination art experience featuring goalpost-shaped installations that frame some of Qatar’s most picturesque views.

Two of the goalposts have been designed by artists from Qatar and the remaining eight by artists from nations that have previously won the tournament: England, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. The artwork demonstrates the role that football can play in bringing together cultures from across the world and also functions as an immersive tour through Qatar’s most iconic locations.

Information and directions to every post can be found by visiting: https://visitqatar.com/intl-en/campaigns/posts-of-qatar

For photographs, videos and key media materials:

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For more information please contact us on: 

Email address: pressoffice@visitqatar.qa 

Phone number:  

Local: 106
International: +974 4406 9921