Top 7 places to visit in Qatar ahead of 2022 World Cup

Qatar is going to host the second ever World Cup to be held on the continent of Asia and the first to be held in the Middle East.

The global football showpiece will be held between November 21 and December 18, 2022 and promises to be an unforgettable experience for everyone.

An estimated 1.5 million attendees are expected for the event and this number will include at least 1 million fans who will also be in Qatar for the sights.

For fans looking for adventure when they are not watching the games, here are the top seven places to visit in Qatar during the World Cup.

Doha Corniche

For the outdoorsy fans, the Doha Corniche is one sight you will regret missing from your time in Qatar during the World Cup.

It is a waterfront walkway that shows the city’s skyline in the most visually appealing way possible. It is a popular tourist spot for this reason and the fact that it looks great in pictures.

There are also plenty of restaurants and cafés along the Corniche, so it is the best relaxation spot on World Cup off-days. If you travel for the tournament with your significant other, it is great for an evening stroll or lunch break with its great view of the sea.

Katara cultural village

Six of the eight host stadiums of the World Cup have some form of Qatari culture and art incorporated into their architectural designs. The Katara cultural village is the place to witness the full expression of those designs which are sure to capture your attention when you visit one of those stadiums to watch your favourite team play.

It includes various theaters, museums and art galleries and it is located in Doha. There are also a few restaurants and cafés on site where you can chill by yourself or relax with friends.

The Pearl

This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the whole country of Qatar. It is so popular that tourists come to experience its breathtaking beauty.

It is a man-made island that focuses on real estate. Each estate on the island has ultra-luxury housing developments that are so beautiful especially at night, which made locals christen it “The Pearl of Qatar”.

There are plenty of things to do at The Pearl. And you enjoy boat cruises or water games, this is the place for you.

Al Khor Park

This is a nature themed park for the tourists and fans who like to be with nature. It is a recreational park where picnics can be enjoyed with friends. It also houses a very large aviary with over 40 different species of birds that interact well with humans. The trees and boulevard also make for great picturesque scenes.

Qatar national library

Are you a reader? Then there’s no better place to enjoy a mix of tourism fun and your reading passion than the National Library of Qatar.

The books are a major attraction because a lot of them are rare books and original prints of the bestsellers, but the library itself is beautifully crafted so that people go there for tours alone.

If you have a football match later in the day and are looking for something to do before then, you can spend your morning reading and sipping some coffee or your favourite brew at the national library. 

Zulal Wellness Resort

After a long day of shouting your lungs out cheering for your team, you can relax at the Zulal Wellness Resort. The resort is located just about an hour from Doha and blends traditional Arabic and Islamic medicine with a holistic philosophy developed by Thailand’s Chiva-Som.

It also has different divisions for adults and families with kids, so everybody has something to enjoy. Activities range from yoga to beach volleyball with spa benefits such as massages and acupuncture.

It also provides accommodation, which means that fans can spend their whole World Cup in the resort.

Al Zubarah fortress

And for the history-loving fans, this fortress is the picturesque representation of Qatar’s history. It lies in the middle of the desert and its major appeal is how it comes into sight as you ride through the desert on your way to visit the site.

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