Are you looking forward to witnessing the World Cup games in Qatar in person? If so, there are a number of services that have been created in the UAE to make it easier for fans to watch the world cup matches while also visiting the UAE, regardless of whether they are UAE residents or tourists from other parts of the world.
A total of 120 “match day” flights per day will operate between Doha and Dubai from Dubai World Central (DWC). Additionally, a number of chartered planes are anticipated to run between the two nations.
So, if you want to maximize your World Cup experience, here is everything you need to know about the services that can make it better.
Every single person attending a match will need a Hayya card, also known as a Fan ID, which is a personalized document given by FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. On game days, entrance to the stadium requires both a Hayya card and the appropriate match ticket. For the duration of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, only one Hayya card is necessary per individual.
All match ticket holders must apply for a Hayya Card here, as must anyone entering Qatar between November and January. Make sure to download the Hayya app so you can access your card after it has been approved.
It will act as your visa-free entry permit into Qatar, as well as your pass for free public transportation on the bus and the metro when you have a valid ticket.
The State of Qatar offers visa-free admission to nationals of more than 95 nations.
The UAE has introduced a new multiple-entry visa for owners of Hayya Cards that costs Dhs100 and is good for 90 days for visitors going to Dubai for the World Cup.
In addition, Saudi Arabia will permit visitors carrying a Hayya Card for the Qatar World Cup to enter the country numerous times within a 60-day period throughout the competition’s period, which spans from November 1, 2022, to January 23, 2023. Travelers who secure an electronic visa using Saudi Arabia’s unified national platform will be allowed entry into the country up to 10 days prior to the commencement of the competition. Additionally, health insurance will be necessary.
Traveling to Doha by air
Flydubai will operate 30 round-trip flights per day from Dubai to Doha during the World Cup, while Air Arabia will operate 14 flights per day between Sharjah and Doha in addition to the existing three daily services. The ‘shuttle flights’ can now be reserved through flydubai.com and airarabia.com. Return tickets with flydubai start at Dhs948 for economy and Dhs3,665 for business, while those with Air Arabia cost around Dhs1,100.
Flydubai’s return Match Day shuttle flights come with a hand luggage allowance, an onboard snack, and free ground transportation from the Doha airport to the stadiums. The carry-on baggage allowance on Air Arabia flights is 10 kilograms.
Dubai To Doha By Road:
Yes, you may take a road trip from Dubai to Doha. With your friends or family, you may look forward to an exciting road vacation while still saving money. It will take you about 6-7 hours to go the estimated 600 km distance by car. Since you will need to cross Saudi Arabia to get to Doha from the UAE, you will need to have adequate auto insurance and visas for both Saudi Arabia and Qatar. You can park your car on the Saudi side of the Abu Samra land border, drive up to Saudi Arabia, and then take a free shuttle service to Doha from there. After the game, the bus will also drop you off back at the border. Once more, in order to enter Doha, you must have your Hayya card on you.
Dubai To Doha By Water:
Due to the fact that the UAE and Qatar share maritime borders, charter ships that are scheduled by the Qatar National Tourism Council are another option for traveling to Qatar. You can use the shuttle bus service to get to the stadium or your accommodation when these ships discharge you at the Hamad Port.
Travelers entering Qatar (vaccinated or unvaccinated) are no longer obliged to undertake a quick antigen or PCR upon arrival or to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate prior to their departure.
Travelers are advised to verify the most recent criteria before their journey as these regulations are subject to change at any time.