Top 5 places to visit in Qatar ahead of 2022 FIFA World Cup

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By Martin Graham | 28th May 2022

The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup will hold between November 21 and December 18, 2022 in Qatar and promises to be an unforgettable experience for everyone.

An estimated 1.5 million attendees are expected for the event and this number will include at least 1 million fans who will also be in Qatar for the sights.

For fans looking for adventure when they are not watching the games, here are the top five places to visit in Qatar during the World Cup.

Museum of Islamic Art

Qatar as a nation centres its tourism on museums and art. Everything they do incorporates local art which has been adapted from historical times. Being a Muslim nation, there is also a museum dedicated to art by Muslim artists and monuments depicting the Islamic faith, Islamic history and the history of Islam in Qatar.

Not only are the 1,400 years worth of art and the monuments on display very beautiful to look at with their rich history, the architecture of the museum itself is another work of art with lots of symbolism to the locals.

Katara cultural village

The Katara cultural village is the hub for all of Qatar’s art and history. It differs from the museums in that it is also a shopping centre where you can purchase pieces that you like.

At the village, you will see the full expression of all the art that was incorporated into the architectural design of the host stadiums of the World Cup.

If any design interests you while watching a match, visit the Katara cultural village to learn more about it and possibly pick a keepsake for your return.

The Pearl

This man-made island is the peak of human architecture and urban planning. Always evolving with new structures, upgrades and experiences, it focuses solely on real estate which glistens in the sun and shines in the dark, leading locals to name it, “The Pearl of Qatar”.

There are plenty of things to do at The Pearl. And you enjoy boat cruises or water games, this is the place for you.

Qatar national library

Reading is even more fun at the Qatar national library with its ambience that can convert even the most stubborn book hater into a bookworm.

With over ten thousand books, some in their original prints, a lovely café to sit and sip some coffee while you read and a picturesque view of the city, it is the best place to relax before you go and enjoy your World Cup game later in the day.

Al Zubarah fortress

The Al Zubarah fortress is easily Qatar’s greatest tourist destination. Situated in the middle of nowhere in the vast desert that surrounds the country, it is a beautiful edifice that rises to meet you as you approach it.

It is the best place to learn about the country’s history and how they came to settle in the land now known as Qatar. It is indeed a beautiful sight to see, and very picturesque too.

This is a great location to visit on off days, else you can spend the whole day here and miss your game!

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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