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Airline ticket prices between Dubai and Doha rose between 300 and 400% during the World Cup period – between November 21 and December 18 – in light of high demand for only 5 daily flights between the two cities.
In statements to Al Bayan, Mohammed Jassim Al Rayes, Executive Vice President of Al Rais Travel, explained that the capacity of the available seats between Dubai and Doha is not sufficient for the volume of demand, which is growing steadily, emphasizing that round trip airfare ticket prices during the World Cup period are on the rise and range between 300 and 400% some days.
Al Rayes indicated that the increase in flights between Dubai and Doha will be positive in light of high demand and will provide opportunities to watch matches in front of wider segments, explaining that current prices are not affordable for everyone and for for this reason many wish to watch the matches expect price reductions in the hope of increasing interregional flights.
He stressed that the reservation levels of seats on scheduled flights during the World Cup period have not yet reached 100%, and there are still vacancies, but at very high prices.
On the other hand, ticket sales for the Qatar World Cup 2022 witnessed an extraordinary turnout in the first phase, which took place from January 19 to February 8, in which 800,000 tickets were sold.
In the second phase, 23.5 million ticket applications were submitted and these are positive indicators of crowd attendance that could mark the new version of the World Cup compared to previous versions. The last World Cup in Russia was 3,031,768 people. attended 64 games, and the average attendance was 47,371 people.
Prior to the World Cup in Russia, four previous World Cup tournaments had been attended by more than three million people, and the record for the tournament held in the United States in 1994 was followed by more than 3.59 million.
FIFA will notify successful applicants in full or in part of the outcome of their applications no later than 31 May and will give them the steps to follow and the deadline for payment of the value of the separate tickets.
Ticket prices for the opening match, which will bring together the Qatari national team and its Ecuadorian counterpart on November 21, range from 2,250 Qatari riyals (US $ 618) and 1,100 Qatari riyals (US $ 302) for the category. third, while the price of a ticket for the second category is 1600 Qatari riyals (439 US dollars).
And the ticket prices for the cheapest category offered for sale internationally to watch the opening match, increased by 37 percent, reaching 1100 Qatari riyals (302 US dollars), compared to 220 dollars in the Russian version.
The second-tier prices for the opening match also witnessed a 13 percent increase, as they jumped from $ 390 to $ 440 (1600 QR), and ticket prices for the most expensive category offered for international sale to watch The opening match increased by 11% from US $ 550 in Russia to US $ 618 (2250 QR).
The value of the most expensive tickets offered for the final, which will be held on December 18, at the Lusail Stadium, reached 5850 Qatari riyals, equivalent to 1606 US dollars, compared to 1100 dollars for the 2018 World Cup final, which brought France. . with Croatia, an increase of 46 per cent.
The price of tickets for the second category to participate in the final reached 3650 Qatari riyals (1002 US dollars), an increase of 41 percent compared to 710 US dollars for the 2018 final.
The value of the third-class tickets, the cheapest tickets available to foreign fans, was 2,200 Qatari riyals ($ 604), a third more than the previous edition of the World Cup, which cost $ 455.
Tickets for the fourth category final for locals cost 750 Qatari riyals ($ 206), compared to $ 110 in Russia.
As for the group stage tickets, their prices are lower, as the price of a first class ticket is 800 Qatari riyals (approximately 220 US dollars), while the price for the second category is 600 Qatari riyals (165 US dollars). and the price of the third category ticket is 250 Qatari riyals (US $ 68) .The price for this (last) category is the lowest since the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Qatari residents can also purchase tickets for 40 Qatari riyals (US $ 11), the cheapest price for locals since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
Tickets for the 16th round start at 350 QR (96 USD) for the third category, 750 QR (206 USD) for the second category and 1000 QR (approximately $ 275) for the first category.
Quarterflight ticket prices start at 750 QR ($ 206) for the third category, 1050 QR (US $ 288) for the second category and 1550 QR (US $ 426) for the first category.
Tickets for the semifinals start at 1,300 Qatari riyals ($ 357) for the third category, while prizes for the second category are 2,400 Qatari riyals ($ 659) and 3480 Qatari riyals ($ 956) for the first category.
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