As Qatar prepares for hosting one of the biggest and monumental events, Dubai is expected to host an influx of tourists boosting the economy in general and the real estate sector in particular. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be played from 20 November to 18 December in Qatar. It will be the 22nd edition of the competition, the first to be played in the Arab world and the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan. Qatar prepares to welcome more than 1 million soccer fans. However, the smaller gulf state struggles to accommodate this massive number of fans who will base themselves in the surrounding and nearby region during the tournament. Dubai is just 1 hour by plane from Doha which makes it the perfect destination for fans to get settled before the match.
So why choose Dubai in precise? Dubai acts as a modern hub and tourist haven that developed over the years to become one of the most eminent and famous tourist attractions. Dubai provides a cosmopolitan lifestyle with a local culture ambience. A city full of dazzling skyscrapers, sunny beaches, impressive malls, restaurants that cater for every cuisine, traditional markets and an exciting nightlife, the vibrant city provides a luxurious urban lifestyle offering a variety of accommodation options ranging from hotel rooms to safe short term and holiday homes as the choices are endless. Moreover, the matches will be screened from various locations all around Dubai.
A large majority of the Soccer fans attending the Qatar World Cup are considered as HNWI (High Net Work Individuals) – which is a term referred to a person with at least $1 million in liquid financial assets – aim to invest in real estate in Dubai due to Dubai’s reputation throughout the world as a secure place to invest and definitely a smart choice. Investors can enjoy the luxury of their property during the World Cup and rent their property for the rest of the time. Dubai’s real estate investment throughout the country is projected to exceed Dh300 billion by the year-end. Investing in the UAE is increasingly appealing with the country’s Golden Visa program, new regulations that will enable dual citizenship, and favourable tax advantages that few other countries offer.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council, announced the merger of the Dubai Economy and Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and appointed Helal Saeed Al Marri as director-general of the new department. His Highness said
the new department’s goals will also soon be identified to increase the added value of the industrial sector, expand foreign trade and reach 25 million tourists in 2025.
Air Arabia and Fly Dubai announced that they would be running World Cup shuttle flights to Doha allowing fans to watch games before returning back to the UAE within 24 hours. This means that football fans in the region do not have to stay in Qatar to attend football matches. “Dubai will be the major gateway to the World Cup with probably more people coming through the city than Qatar”, said Paul Griffiths, the CEO of Dubai Airports. “The amount of hotel capacity in Qatar is fairly limited and we’ve got so much to offer here.” Around 40 flights will leave daily from the UAE heading towards Doha.
On Tuesday August 30, the UAE Government Media Office announced that Hayya Card holders (a document issued by FIFA World Cup Qatar, to permit stadium entry along with the match ticket) attending a match can apply for a UAE multiple-entry tourist visa. Hayya Card holders can stay in the United Arab Emirates for up to 90 days. The special UAE tourist visa allows multiple entries during its validity.
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