CNBC: Dubai is the “main gateway” for World Cup fans

CNBC: Dubai is the “main gateway” for World Cup fans
CNBC: Dubai is the “main gateway” for World Cup fans

A Western report confirmed that the UAE will achieve a lot of benefits from Qatar hosting the FIFA World Cup matches. Its attractive commercial capital, Dubai, receives an estimated one million additional visitors during the competitions.
CNBC, which published the report, quoted Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, as saying that Dubai is the “main gateway” to the World Cup, and predicted that it will see more tourists than Qatar itself.
Dubai is doing everything it can, capitalizing on its reputation as an ultra-modern city that is more liberal and civilized than Qatar, with super tourist attractions that have cemented its reputation.
The report praised Dubai’s development in the field of tourist attractions and its wonderful experiences – such as the indoor ski slope complex in the desert, the world’s deepest man-made diving pool, the world’s tallest building and the largest amusement wheel.
Dubai’s bet is made possible by ‘shuttle flights’ operated by Qatar Airways and flydubai, allowing passengers to book same-day return flights from neighboring Dubai or Oman to a match in Qatar and back in less than 24 hours.
The network quoted Tawfiq Rahim, a research fellow at the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government, as saying: “Only one hour away from Qatar by plane, Dubai is a familiar destination for travelers from all over the world. The tourism infrastructure and direct entry requirements also make it a convenient base for World Cup fans.”
Dubai has more than 140,000 hotel rooms. Forty-three fan zones have been set up to watch the matches, the largest of which is the official fan zone in Dubai Harbor which is sufficient to host 10,000 fans daily with matches broadcast on huge screens of 3,552 square feet. There is even a football-themed hotel on Palm Jumeirah; Where even the most ardent fans can stay as they commute to and from Doha for the daily matches.
Dubai’s role is not limited to stays in hotels and restaurants. Rather, visitors to the emirate can rent luxury yachts that operate for tens of thousands of dollars per night. To watch the matches while sailing across the Persian Gulf.
Exclusive Yacht Company, the largest private charter yacht company in the UAE, offers its most luxurious marine experience for $20,000 per night on a superyacht.
The network quoted the company’s general manager, Amit Patel, as saying to the website, “We expect a rise of more than 300% in yacht reservations in November and December, mainly due to visitors to the World Cup and Qatar who are also looking for recreational activities in Dubai.”
Air traffic is also witnessing a sharp rise; Dubai Airports announced in mid-November that 120 massive shuttle flights will fly to and from Dubai World Central each day between the tournament’s start and finish dates of November 20 and December 18.
Flydubai’s CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said that almost all of the airline’s match-day shuttle flights to Doha were at full capacity. “This is a pattern that seems to continue in the coming days and weeks,” Al-Ghaith added.
On match day, flydubai and Qatar Airways will jointly operate shuttle services between Dubai World Central and Doha, with the addition of flights from Dubai’s main airport, Dubai Airport so passengers can catch a flight every 30 to 50 minutes.
Private jet leasing companies have also seen a boom in business. Some fans are willing to pay huge sums of money for the chance to attend matches.
“We are definitely seeing a significant increase in traffic between Dubai and Doha during the match period,” said Oleg Kafarov, Director of Portfolio Development and Communications at JetX, a private jet company based in Dubai.

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