Nov 21 to Dec 18 2022

Qatar WC 2022

Qatar World Cup 2022

From November 21 to December 18 of the year 2022, a total of 32 countries will look for a new world champion at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

Checklist before travelling to Qatar during the 2022 World Cup

Over the past ten years, the sleepy desert town of Doha (the capital of Qatar) has undergone a dynamic development, transforming it into a multicultural, cosmopolitan city. A place where rich Arabian history blends comfortably with modern luxury, this city has a lot to offer in terms of culture, architecture and, of course, retail therapy. This year it will also host the World Cup. Although there is much criticism about this, many Dutch people will still make the trip to Qatar to support Orange on their way to the World Cup. Below you will find helpful information if you go to Qatar as a supporter from your country!

Qatar’s transportation

Uber is a good and safe transport choice. You can usually find local taxis called karwa outside malls and tourist areas, but Uber is generally cheaper. Public transport leaves something to be desired, which is surprising for a country like Qatar, but perhaps the fuel prices make using cars and taxis too easy. A word of warning: renting a car and driving yourself, even in a private lease car, is not advisable, even for the most experienced drivers, because the fines for traffic violations in Qatar are excruciatingly expensive.

Carefully with alcohol in Qatar

Since Sharia law is the primary source of Qatari law, guess what? There are no liquor stores, and you can’t buy alcohol in a supermarket either. So don’t even try to buy a duty-free bottle and smuggle it in. The only place you will get an alcoholic drink is in a 5-star hotel but be warned: like any item that is in high demand and has little to no supply, the prices are pretty high, and you also need to show your real passport to enter the bar.

To eat in Qatar

Qatar has all types of cuisines for all kinds of budgets! Eating out is part of the cultural routine of the many Arab and expatriate families who live here, as well as the migrant worker communities. Restaurant recommendations would be a separate article in their own right. Still, to make a long story short, you’ll get everything from masala dosas to sushi to steaks, weekend brunches to delicious cupcakes, from some of the fanciest cafes to organic homemade products on The Torba Market. The city is so committed to food that you can have McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King delivered – a privilege not to be underestimated! In addition, of course, there will be the World Cup 2022 in Qatar and many food trucks and stands that will sell food on the go.

Basic Principles

The city seems to go to sleep around 11 p.m., and the work week runs from Sunday to Thursday. So Friday is the start of the weekend. Your best friend is probably your sunglasses: they are more than just a fashion accessory and can be critical to your well-being. If you want to enjoy the city, make sure you take care of yourself by staying hydrated no matter what time of year. The Qatari currency is the riyal, and EUR1 corresponds to approximately QAR3.9. You will be amazed at how quickly you can spend it in Doha!