The national carriers of the Gulf countries are ready to become exclusive partners of the Match Day Shuttle program during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Qatar Airways has entered into an agreement with flydubai, Kuwait Airways, Oman Air and Saudia to bring foreigners from different countries to Doha on World Cup days. Flights will operate non-stop, 24 hours a day, throughout the tournament.
Soccer fans based in Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE will soon be able to book a transfer to Qatar to attend a World Cup match . Thus, foreigners will not only visit the stadiums, but also get acquainted with the sights before flying out of Doha.
The cost of such transfers from Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait, Muscat and Riyadh is promised to be extremely profitable. For fans, a special website qatarairways.com/MatchDayShuttle has been opened with complete information about flights. Qatar Airways will also carry football fans from all over the world on its extensive global network.
Those who booked a transfer on the day of the match under this program will be able to use a special ground transport “with a flashing light” that runs between the airport and the stadium. Since they will arrive in Qatar in the morning and return to their homeland in the evening of the same day, hotel accommodation is not required. In addition, the check-in baggage policy will make it easier for passengers to check in and out.
Flydubai will operate 60 daily round-trip flights from Dubai, Kuwait Airways — 20 from Kuwait, Oman Air scheduled 24 flights from Muscat to Doha and the same number back, Saudia — from Riyadh and Jeddah will make 20 round trips.
In September 2021, Qatar Airways launched unique travel packages that include tickets for matches, flights and accommodation options.
The tournament will take place in eight world-class stadiums that have embodied various symbols of Qatari and Arab culture. The Al Beit Stadium, hosting the opening match, has a capacity of 60,000 spectators, while the Lusail Stadium, with a capacity of 80,000 seats, will host the final match of the tournament. The remaining stadiums can accommodate 40,000 spectators. These include: Ahmad Ben Ali Stadium, Al Janub Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Education City Stadium, 974 Stadium and Al Thumama Stadium.
The airline sponsors several major football clubs in the world, including Al Sadd, Argentinean Boca Juniors, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
Currently, Qatar Airways flies to more than 140 destinations around the world with connections at Hamad International Airport, recognized as the “Best Airport in the World”. Skytrax World Airport Awards 2021.