Qatar Tourism unveils an unprecedented year of new tourism projects
With only days left until the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, Qatar Tourism has revealed the key new tourist destinations, including hotels, resorts and tourist attractions, which will be ready to welcome the fans of the tournament. The year 2022 represents an unprecedented year in the process of development seen by Qatar and its transformation into a global tourist destination, and its aspiration to increase the number of visitors annually to six million visitors by 2030.
Ms Haya Al Nuaimi, Acting Head of Promotion, Qatar Tourism said: “The year 2022 was an exceptional year in Qatar during which we saw the opening of many hotels and major tourism projects from shopping malls to beach clubs, museums and theme parks. We look forward to welcoming all visitors to Qatar in the coming months. who can now experience a new range of world-class hotels, resorts and attractions to suit all types of visitors and suit all budgets. While more than one million fans are expected to visit Qatar during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, these fans in Qatar will discover much more than its iconic stadiums, fan festivals and state-of-the-art facilities, thanks to the many activities and tourism experiences that are presented across Qatar in conjunction with sports competitions.”
New attractions in 2022
1. Oryx Island
Al Maha Island will open in November and will feature six popular restaurants from top brands such as Zuma, Billionaire, Carbon and LPM. The island also includes the “Al Maha Drive” street, which will not be allowed to enter except for owners of classic and luxury cars, Namous Beach Club Doha, as well as Lusail Winter Wonderland.
2. Lucille Winter Wonderland
Instead of the snowy and cold weather that welcomes visitors to its famous sister Hyde Park London, visitors to Lusail Winter Wonderland will be able to relax on the beach under the fresh winter sun, experience the most beautiful moments with friends and family, and a incredible festive atmosphere thanks to entertainment games and numerous food and drink outlets. It is scheduled to open in early November 2022.
3. The Lusail route
In the heart of Lusail City, Lusail Trail stands out as a vibrant, diverse and unique leisure and tourism destination for shopping, working and living in the iconic Lusail Downtown, modeled after the Champs Elysees for a unique outdoor and weather-controlled experience to offer. The Lusail Route is scheduled to open before the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, with a festival of events, entertainment and music, and its activities will last for three days from 3 to 5 November 2022.
4. Qetaifan Island North
Qetaifan Island North is the first entertainment island in the State of Qatar, and it will include luxury hotels, beach clubs, world-class amenities and signature gardens such as the water park, expected to open in 2023, which will include 36 games. , including the “iconic tower”, the highest and first of its kind in the world It is 85 meters high. The island will be inaugurated before the start of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022.
5. Corinthia Yacht Club
This beautifully designed resort located in The Pearl-Qatar will mimic the windswept sails of the ancient dhows of Qatar. Opening before the end of this year, the club offers exclusive membership to discerning yacht owners and residents who will enjoy the atmosphere of luxury amidst Qatar’s maritime heritage.
6. West Walk
Located in the heart of Al Waab, West Walk is a new lifestyle destination. It includes a mix of spaces dedicated to housing, shopping and entertainment, as well as a unique promenade equipped with innovative outdoor cooling technology. It is scheduled to open before the end of this year.
Beaches and beach clubs
7. The beginning of November will be the expected inauguration of three new beaches in the heart of Doha, which are as follows:
a) West Bay Beach
An affordable public beach with a variety of facilities and amenities such as a food court, fan area and beach volleyball court.
b) B12 Beach Club
It is a beach club and family-friendly leisure destination that includes a wide range of amenities and entertainment such as 600 sun loungers, water and sports activities, great food and beverage options, outstanding services, shopping activities and a dedicated children’s play area.
c) Doha Sands Beach
The elegant club will have a concert stage, fast food and beverage service and shopping offers, as well as a thousand sun loungers for visitors who want to enjoy the bright Qatar sun.
8. Beach 974
Located in the vicinity of Stadium 974, this beach offers a five-star beach experience with beach huts, water games, outdoor activities and beach sports, shopping malls, food and beverage kiosks, a big screen, live DJ sets and cultural activities designed to make catering for all tastes and interests and attracting all categories.
9. La Mar Beach
This luxury beach, which opened in October, is located within the beach of the InterContinental Hotel Doha. It features breathtaking, unparalleled views of the West Bay skyline. Visitors can take a dip in the warm waters, relax in private cabanas, sunbathe on the sand or add a twist to La Mar’s beloved menu.
10. Makani Beach
The Makani Beach of the Four Seasons Hotel Doha, which opened in October, features a waterfront setting that gives it the atmosphere of the southern Mediterranean and gives it an elegant view of the waters of the Arabian Gulf, with delicious snacks, and enjoy the atmosphere of signature entertainment and live DJ performances.
art and culture
11. Museum of Islamic Art (Reopening)
The Museum of Islamic Art reopened to the public in its new form on October 5, following a year-long rehabilitation project to improve facilities and re-imagine and reinstall the galleries of its permanent collection of more than 1,000 pieces, as well as the inauguration of new sections enabling the museum to display more of its award-winning collection. The new philosophy of the Museum of Islamic Art is aimed at families and children.
12. Brantan Doha Store
For the first time outside of France, Brantin, the largest Parisian luxury store in the entire region, will open in Doha Oasis, which will combine new technology with modern, luxury shopping experiences from more than 600 luxury brands – 200 of which are exclusive to Qatar. The luxury store will open its doors in Doha Oasis in the coming weeks.
New Qatar Hotels and Resorts 2022
13. Fuwairit Beach Resort
The newly opened Fuwairit Beach Resort is located an hour’s drive north of Doha. With its constant winds, perfect sea conditions and soft sand, the resort is a unique world-class kitesurfing destination, with excellent kitesurfing conditions and luxury facilities.
14. The St. Regis Hotel, an Arabian Marsa Island
This hotel opened in October and is located in the heart of Porto Arabia on The Pearl-Qatar. The hotel offers world-class services and amenities and exquisite culinary experiences inspired by the cities of the Mediterranean.
15. Rixos Gulf Doha Hotel
First opened in 1973 as the Gulf Hotel, this hotel quickly became a landmark on the city skyline and underwent a comprehensive renovation of its historic building. It will reopen at the end of October by Rixos Hotels, in collaboration with Accor and Katara Hospitality. The hotel includes 350 rooms and suites and seven restaurants.
16. Outpost Prairie Resort
Outpost Al Barari Resort, the first of its kind in Qatar, surrounded by towering sand dunes and wild deserts, offers 21 luxury lodges and a variety of private pools that combine nature-like experiences, sustainability and luxury hospitality in one. unique resort located in a unique nature reserve, with high sand dunes and a wild desert. The opening will be in November 2022.
17. Rixos Resort, Qetaifan Island North
Set to open before the end of the year, this resort surrounds the island’s main attraction and is a state-of-the-art water park. The resort will also provide services such as a traditional Turkish bath and luxury treatment rooms, in addition to an exclusive sports club for lovers of vitality and activity and a children’s entertainment club.
18. Waldorf Astoria Doha West Bay
The completed hotel will open by the end of the year. The Waldorf Astoria Doha West Bay is located in the heart of Doha’s diplomatic district and comprises 44 floors, Art Deco-inspired rooms, an indoor rooftop pool and several dining options.
19. Waldorf Astoria Doha Lusail
This large resort occupies a unique location in the heart of Lusail and has a sandy beach. Scheduled to open on October 18, 2022, the hotel will offer a variety of recreational activities for adults and children, from water slides to water skiing, in addition to 461 rooms, a fitness center and a spa.
20. The Ned Doha
One of the most exclusive exclusive hotels and members’ clubs in London and New York, The Ned will open in Doha this November in the massive former Ministry of Interior building on the Doha Corniche. The hotel will have 90 rooms and 1 suite, seven restaurants, a gym, a spa and a 30 meter outdoor swimming pool.
21. The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort
Located in the heart of Katara Cultural Village and surrounded by lush gardens, Chedi Katara is scheduled to open in November. It consists of luxurious rooms and 32 royal villas, with an elegant aesthetic blend of Mughal and Ottoman culture.
22. Raffles Doha and Fairmont Doha
These two luxury hotels face each other through two large towers that represent the national emblem of the State of Qatar, consisting of two crossed swords. Inspired by the design of giant yachts, the Fairmont Doha Hotel features a soaring atrium with the world’s tallest chandelier. As for Raffles Doha, it will be an all-suite hotel with unparalleled room service. The hotel will offer select dining and event venues during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
23. Rosewood Doha
Rosewood Doha and Rosewood Residence Doha are located in two beautiful towers inspired by the coral reefs of Qatar, which will open before the end of the year and will feature a luxury hotel, apartments, spa and state-of-the-art fitness. centre.
24. Katara Hills LXR Hotels
Katara Hills Hotel is inspired by the Scandinavian architectural style and relies on eco-friendly materials. It consists of 15 luxury villas that represent a private and peaceful retreat in the green hills of Katara. It is scheduled to open in November.
25. DoubleTree by Hilton Doha Downtown
Just 10 minutes from the city center and many other popular attractions in Qatar, this hotel opened in October and features over 250 spacious and serviced apartments.
This year also saw the opening of several hotels and resorts, such as Zulal Spa by Shiva Som, which opened in March. Zulal Spa is the largest spa of its kind in the region, a leading destination in the northern tip of Qatar and the first resort to offer treatments that embrace the principles of traditional Arabic and Islamic medicine to reset lifestyles and restore health. to offer family oriented wellness tours. Opened in August, Pullman Doha West Bay is housed in a contemporary high-rise tower conveniently located in Doha’s West Bay district.
The new attractions and landmarks inaugurated during 2022 are part of a series of tourism projects that were opened to visitors last year. In 2021, Quest Doha launched more than 30 rides, including the world’s tallest indoor roller coaster and the world’s tallest landing tower. The luxurious five-star Banyan Tree Doha Hotel has also opened, with five gourmet dining venues and a health spa using a signature hydrotherapy style of a tropical water jungle. Last year also witnessed the opening of the Hilton Salwa Beach Resort and Villas, with beautiful beaches that stretch up to 3.5 kilometers long, as well as the opening of the Desert Falls Adventure and Water Park, one of the largest theme parks in the Mid- East and includes 28 slides and recreational games.