The FIFA World Cup is just around the corner. After the cricket carnival, the excitement and emotions of the next major World Cup tournament awaits sports enthusiast. They can now savour the football treat. This year, FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be held from 20th November to 18th December 2022. This quadrennial International Men’s Football Championship is a senior men’s football competition for national teams across the world. It was founded in the year 1930. As many as 32 teams divided into 6 groups will be participating in this year’s competition. Host Qatar is all set to stage this big event. France is the current Champion and they will be doing their best to hold on to the title.
The many firsts
This 22nd edition of FIFA World Cup has many first to it. This is the first FIFA World Cup to be played in the Middle East, in its 92-year-old history and the first during northern hemisphere winter. FIFA World cup is usually held in June but this time it is held in November. It’s the shortest World Cup in 40 years and held first time in winter. Major European leagues objected to the shifting of the competition from summer to the winter months. As the teams would have less time to prepare for the World Cup. This is the busiest period of the calendar. It’s the middle of the European club season.
In this edition of FIFA World Cup, 64 matches will be played. This World Championship is a major sport followed by billions across the world. A million fans will be soon making a bee line to Qatar. And not to be outdone in any way, the neighbouring countries are also cashing in on this important event. Dubai is a famous tourist destination and it is seeing this event as a great tourist opportunity, being closest to Qatar. It is already showcasing and luring fans with its tall skyscraper studded landscape, beachfront, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants. Many soccer clubs and fans have already made Dubai, their stopover and shopping point. As Dubai has already established itself as a famous tourist destination country, it is well equipped with a wide range of hotel rooms for tourist of all kind. Dubai’s airlines, bars, restaurants, malls, and other tourist attractions and resorts are doing their best to gain the maximum benefit from the month-long sporting event.
Tours & Travels
Tours & travel agents the world over, is all overworked and trying hard to find hotel rooms and camps in the desert, to make the long stay of fans and audience, fun and adventurous. Dubai is an attractive destination as it is liberal and safe, in terms of western norms. It has a thriving night life and clubs. It has more liberal view on drinking. Due to these reasons, Dubai has always seen a steady stream of visitors and tourist than many of the other Gulf countries. A spurt in tourism would also be seen in neighbouring countries of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain as well. The economic boost will be, not only for Qatar but for the neighbouring countries as well. Dubai is already a country that is on the must-visit list of many tourists. All the tourist locations, shopping malls hotels and restaurants are eagerly waiting to cash-in and they expect good business in the coming days. Especially after the long layoff during the pandemic days. The restaurants will have wide screens and massive televisions for viewing football matches from their hotel premises.
Brazil, Argentina, France, Belgium, England are strong contenders for the FIFA World Cup. Brazil has the most wins with 5 titles. It is the only nation to have participated in every World Cup Finals. While Italy and Germany have 4 titles to its name. But Italy could not qualify for the World Cup second time in a row. China is also not playing in FIFA World Cup, but it will be presenting two giant Pandas to Qatar for FIFA World cup 2022. Russia will not be playing in this year’s World Cup due to its invasion of Ukraine. The IOC had recommended the suspension of Russia.
You will get to see a host of players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, fastest player Kylian Mbappe, Kalidou Koulibaly, Erling Haaland, Virgil van Dijk and Keinan Davis. Lionel M has won the Golden Ball 7 times while Cristiano Ronaldo has won it 5 times.
Special Card for FIFA World Cup
For FIFA World Cup 2022, the government of Qatar has issued a special card for the fans. It is called the Hayya card. It’s a tournament ID card that is available in digital and physical form. The audience will be allowed inside the stadium, only if they have this card and match ticket. One Hayya card is valid for all the matches. People with Hayya card can apply for special visa and you will be allowed to stay in Qatar for 2 months. Be a part of history and travel to Qatar for FIFA World cup.
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