Roadtrips’ President Dave Guenther recently travelled to Doha, Qatar. His latest visit to the city was in preparation for the 2022 World Cup. To ensure we provide our World Cup clients with the very best of the area, Dave visited some of the city’s top hotels, met with local partners, checked out some of the coolest attractions and enjoyed Doha’s impressive culinary scene. He’s written all about his trip in our latest blog post below.
Returning to Qatar was something I had been looking forward to for a while. I was eager to check out the progress of new developments to the Doha area in advance of the 2022 World Cup. Doha is thriving and growing with lots of construction and architecturally stunning buildings going up and I was excited to see it for myself.
Luxury hotels in Doha, Qatar for the 2022 World Cup
Visiting our luxury 2022 World Cup hotels was a key reason for my trip. In a city that is short on luxury hotel inventory, we have secured some of the best including the Ritz-Carlton Doha, recently named “Qatar’s Leading Hotel for 2019” at the World Travel Awards. Our wonderful hotels continue to impress me more and more with each visit and I’m confident that they’ll provide an amazing World Cup experience for our guests.
Accommodation outlook in Qatar in advance of the 2022 World Cup
Though there are some new hotels in the pipeline, it is becoming increasingly evident that the demand for hotel rooms is going to exceed supply significantly during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. While host cities often struggle to fulfill the accommodation needs for events of this magnitude, it looks like Qatar is going to be as short of the anticipated demand as we have ever seen. For those looking to attend the 2022 World Cup, it will be more important than ever to plan ahead to avoid disappointment.
Best things to do in Doha, Qatar during the 2022 World Cup
In addition to some pretty incredible hotels, there’s plenty of other development going on in the Doha, Qatar area:
Msheireb Downtown Doha
Msheireb is a planned area of downtown Doha and its development is a pretty amazing thing. It consists of 100 buildings all connected by a 10,000 car underground parkade. This $5.5 billion project that is close to completion will be home to lots of high-end retail and restaurants that I think our guests will enjoy exploring during the World Cup.
The National Museum of Qatar opened while I was in Doha and it’s a pretty big deal. I highly recommend googling this incredible building. Amazing architecture. It’s quite clear that part of the tourism and public works strategy here is centered on museums. The Museum of Islamic Art is another beautiful building and highly recommended. In addition, there are a number of smaller “House” museums being created inside the Msheireb development.
The museums really are wonderful and they’re just one part of a memorable Qatar vacation. The country offers so many unique experiences for visitors. Travelers can take a day trip from Doha to check out the sand dunes just south of the city, wander the souqs (markets), relax at the pool or beach, and enjoy some great restaurants – something I was happy to research.
Doha has no shortage of wonderful restaurants with more on the horizon. I had the pleasure of trying out many of them and there were a few standouts. The first was at La Mar by Gaston Acurio. Acurio is a particularly celebrated chef who has helped to introduce Peruvian cuisine to the world. I’ve been to this restaurant in Miami a couple of times and it is excellent. In general, I LOVE Peruvian food. Specialties include Ceviches and Tiraditos, which are delicious fresh fish dishes that incorporate various fresh fish with juices (usually citrus) and sauces.
Another memorable meal was at Hakkasaan, one of Doha’s hottest restaurants, according to the Telegraph. It’s at the St. Regis but in its own building. With their restaurants in London, NYC and Miami it’s pretty famous. These restaurants always have a great vibe and feature Michelin star rated Cantonese and Asian fusion food within a nightclub feel. And that’s just a small taste of the great eateries Doha has to offer. Other big names include Nobu, Gordon Ramsay, STK, Buddha Bar, Toro Toro, Nozomi, Pearl Social, Spice Market…I could go on.
Will alcohol be allowed in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup?
Those wondering about Qatar’s alcohol policy and whether they’ll be able to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner will be happy to know the answer is (mostly) yes. The restaurants and bars with a license to serve are usually inside hotels. There are exceptions of course but hotels have the advantage in this respect. There is also some discussion with the government regarding special alcohol licenses being granted to additional eateries specifically for the World Cup period.
If you’d like to experience the best of Qatar at the 2022 World Cup, please get in touch to see what your custom itinerary could look like.