Soccer-mad fan is sent to Qatar to see what the country has to offer ahead of the World Cup

With football fans across the world just a few months away from going crazy for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, we thought it would be a great idea to send a football-mad fan to check out what else Qatar has to offer.

It’s fair to say they’ve seen a lot of amazing sites. Here are just a few.

The first sustainable downtown regeneration project, Msheireb Downtown revives Doha’s old business district with a new architectural language.

Comprised of over 100 buildings with commercial and residential properties as well as commercial and cultural offerings, the impressive Barahat or Courtyard is in the heart of downtown Msheireb.

credit: alamy
credit: alamy

Msheireb Museums is a project by Msheireb Properties and celebrates Qatari history through four historic homes in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha. The area includes entertainment venues, Qatar Academy Msheireb and four hotels, Mandarin Oriental Doha, Al Wadi Hotel MGallery, Park Hyatt Hotel and a Boutique.

The Doha Metro is a rapid transit system that came into operation on May 8, 2019. It has three lines with a total length of approximately 76 km and 37 stations. Capable of reaching 100 km/h, the Doha Metro is one of the fastest driverless trains in the world. It connects most of Doha’s main tourist attractions and stadiums.

Qatar football stadiums

With eight football stadiums, Qatar has a lot to offer football fans. With all eight slated to host matches for the tournament, here’s a rundown of each stadium with its capacity.

Lusail – Lusail Stadium (Capacity 80,000)

Al Khor – Al Bayt Stadium (capacity 60,000)

Al Wakrah – Al Janoub Stadium (capacity 40,000)

Al Rayyan – Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (capacity 40,000)

Doha – Khalifa International Stadium (capacity 40,000)

Doha – Education City Stadium (capacity 40,000)

Doha – Stadium 974 (capacity 40,000)

Doha – Al Thumama Stadium (capacity 40,000)

The heart of culture in Qatar, the Katara Cultural Village has a lot to offer. From the Katara Mosque and Golden Mosque to the beautiful 3,275 m² Amphitheater that seats 5,000 spectators, wherever you turn in the village, you are sure to be amazed. It also offers art museums, pristine beaches and the beautiful Katara Hills, it’s definitely a must-see on your stay.

The National Museum of Qatar has been a mainstay of the city, but the current building opened to the public on March 28, 2019, replacing the previous building that opened in 1975. The building was designed by architect Jean Nouvel, inspired by pink crystal. of the desert, which can be found in Qatar. The museum site includes the Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani.

The National Library of Qatar acts as the steward of Qatar’s national heritage, collecting, preserving and making available the country’s recorded history.

As a public library, they provide equal access for all Qatari residents to an environment that supports creativity, independent decision-making and cultural development.

In addition to full-text online resources, the Library currently has more than one million books in its collections, as well as more than 500,000 eBooks, periodicals and newspapers, and special collections.

Its qualified librarians are experts in teaching, research skills, literacy, programs and knowledge management.

3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum

Credit: 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum
Credit: 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum

A member of the Qatar Museums, the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum is a national and international center for the history, heritage and knowledge of sport, promoting and encouraging academic research.

It is also a member of the Olympic Museums Network, which currently brings together 22 Olympic museums around the world.

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