Alternative places of Qatar to live and travel from to participate in the World Cup
Last Updated on June 1, 2022
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The 2022 World Cup is being held in November in Doha this year and it is clear that the football fury has never been higher than today. Fans around the world are struggling so much for match tickets and hotel accommodation that hotel rooms in Doha and nearby cities may run out soon. This is causing many fans to worry about their chances of attending this year’s mega-match
But do not worry, because we are here to help you! Discover all the alternative accommodation facilities outside Qatar where you can stay during the World Cup
How to participate in the FIFA World Cup from outside Qatar?
While Qatar shares a land border only with Saudi Arabia, there are many neighboring countries near Doha, where you can easily take advantage of flights and get cheap hotels to stay enjoying the best facilities and watching your favorite matches.
Here is a list of easily accessible places in Qatar
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
At the top of this list stands out Saudi Arabia for obvious reasons, as it is the only country that shares a common border with Qatar. Regardless of your country of origin, many airlines operate regular flights to and from cities in Saudi Arabia every day. From Saudi Arabia, you can easily take advantage of transportation options to Qatar and enjoy Doha matches without any problems
Entry restrictions for COVID-19
All COVID-19 restrictions on travel to Saudi Arabia have been lifted. Passengers are no longer required to present their COVID 19 immunization certificate or COVID 19 test result to enter the country and quarantine restrictions have been lifted.
Here is the flight schedule and flight prices for some visible airlines from Saudi Arabia to Qatar in November
Saudi Arabia operates direct flights to Doha from Riyadh alone
From Riyadh to Doha: One day direct flight is offered. Ticket prices start at SAR 3,060 (USD 816)
Qatar Airways flies to Qatar from most cities in Saudi Arabia, but Riyadh is closest to Doha, while the flight from cities such as Jeddah and Medina can take up to 5 hours.
From Riyadh to Doha: 2 direct flights available per week. Ticket prices start at SAR 1,427 (USD 380)
Flights from Riyadh to Doha will take no more than an hour and 30 minutes
While flights take just 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach Doha from Saudi Arabia, flight prices have skyrocketed following increased demand for airline tickets. Alternatively, traveling to Doha is also cheaper and more fun, especially for those who are passionate about driving. The road trip from the capital Riyadh to Doha takes about 6 hours
Budget hotels in Saudi Arabia
Boudl Al Munsiyah
The 3-star Boudl Al Munsiyah Hotel is located northeast of Riyadh near King Khalid International Airport and offers easy access to all Riyadh tourist attractions and business centers. Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, sauna, and fitness center, and enjoy the full Saudi hospitality and luxury to the fullest.
Boudl Al Munsiyah offers elegantly designed suites consisting of a bedroom, a living room with flat-screen TV, a kitchen, a shower and free toiletries. Satellite-programmed LCD TVs offer entertainment, while free wireless internet access keeps you connected
Price per night: 82 USD (380 SAR)
IntercityHotel Riyadh Al-Malaz
Located in the middle of Riyadh’s old business district, Intercity Riyadh Malaz offers simple, modern, fully air-conditioned accommodations, free Wi-Fi, a gym, rooftop pool, all-day dining restaurant, lounge at lobby and café.
All rooms are elegant and equipped with spacious wardrobe, attached bathroom, LED TV with international and local channels, tea / coffee maker, large work desks with high speed internet, minibar, iron and electronic safe.
Price per night: 294 SAR (79 USD)
Apartments at Hotel Arjaan Takhassusi
Located in Riyadh, Arjaan Altakhassusi Hotel Suites offers accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. All rooms have a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fully equipped kitchenette with a microwave, and a private bathroom with a shower and slippers.
The King Khalid Grand Mosque is 5 km from the apartment hotel, while the Al Faisaliah Tower is 5.8 km away. The nearest airport is King Khalid Airport, which is 44 km from the property
Price per night: 349 SAR (93 USD)
United Arab Emirates
With its growing importance as a hub for business, culture and tourism, Dubai attracts a massive influx of visitors from all over the world. Regardless of where you depart from the UAE, whether it is Abu Dhabi or Dubai, you can easily reach Doha enjoying all that the city has to offer.
There is no testing and quarantine for vaccinated travelers
Here is the flight schedule and prices for flights from Dubai to Qatar and Abu Dhabi to Qatar in November from some popular airlines
There are many direct flights operated by Qatar Airways from Dubai to Doha every day
From Dubai to Doha: 3 direct flights on all days of the week. Ticket prices start at 980 AED ($ 267).
From Abu Dhabi to Doha: 3 direct flights on all days of the week. Ticket prices start at AED 1,450 (USD 395)
Etihad Airways flies only from Abu Dhabi to the United Arab Emirates
From Abu Dhabi to Doha: 6 direct flights on all days of the week. Ticket prices start at 2,970 UAE dirhams (809 USD)
Direct flights from Abu Dhabi and Dubai to Doha take approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes
Travel from the UAE to Qatar
Traveling to Doha from the UAE is much cheaper than traveling and can take up to 6-7 hours. With more time to devote to travel, proper car insurance and visa, you can easily go to this year’s World Cup.
Best Budget Hotels in UAE
Holiday Inn Express Dubai Jumeirah
A warm welcome awaits behind the brilliantly designed façade of the Holiday Inn Express Dubai Jumeirah, a 20-minute taxi ride from Dubai Airport. The location overlooking the ports of Port Rashid is just 3 km from the World Trade Center and a short bus ride from Jumeirah Beach.
Start your day with a free hot breakfast buffet in the Great Living Room and stay connected to the free wireless internet in the spacious lobby or in-room internet
Price per night: 202 AED (55 USD)
Premier Inn Dragon Mart
The Premier Inn Dragon Mart is located close to International City, far from the Dragon Mart retail complex, a shopping paradise where you can find everything on your menu, from kitchen sinks to cell phones and everything! After a long day of shopping, guests can return to the hotel for a meal at the Nuevo Restaurant or meet with friends at Mr. Toad s Pub and Kitchen
Take advantage of our fully equipped gym to help you stay in shape while traveling. The 304-room hotel is located just 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport, with easy access to Dubai city center, Mirdif city center and the Meydan racetrack, all within driving distance.
Price per night: 280 AED (76 USD)
Hotel Lavender Deira
Lavender Hotel Deira is located in the center of Dubai Business District in Deira, just 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport via Dubai Metro Stations on Al Ittihad or Al Rigga Road. It is also within walking distance of Al Ghurair Mall and Al Nasser Square, a traditional shopping district.
With 117 prestigious rooms and meeting rooms equipped with conference facilities and a selection of world-class outlets, the hotel will meet and exceed the demands of business and leisure travelers.
Price per night: 202 AED (55 USD)
Sultanate of Oman
Another place located near Qatar is Oman, the Middle East country that has always been a popular destination for travelers to immerse themselves in culture and luxury.
Entry restrictions for COVID-19
Non-national travelers aged 18 and over traveling to Oman are required to obtain a vaccination certificate indicating that they have received at least two doses of COVID-19 approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel. No need for testing or quarantine
Qatar Airways is the only airline that has direct flights from Muscat to Doha for the month of November. Here is the flight schedule and airline tickets
From Muscat to Doha: 4 direct flights on all days of the week. Ticket prices start at 142 OMR (368 USD)
Direct flights from Muscat to Doha take about 1 hour 40 minutes
The best budget hotels in Oman
Al Maha International Hotel
Al Maha International Hotel is located 10 minutes from Seeb International Airport in the Al Ghubrah area. Rooms are beautifully decorated and specially designed to meet the needs of business and leisure travelers
Each room is tastefully decorated, and in-room amenities include telephone lines and WiFi connections. The bathrooms are equipped with a full range of personal appliances and a hairdryer. The doors are controlled by an electronic key system to provide additional security for hotel guests
Price per night: 12 OMR (31 USD)
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