Traveling to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup? 6 key transport tips every football fan should know – News
Visitors are encouraged to use the Doha Metro and public bus services
Organizers of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar have released key travel information and advice for football fans visiting the country ahead of this year’s tournament, which runs from November 20 to December 18.
Authorities have also urged local residents to use private transport to reach venues during the tournament.
The organizers recommend the following:
- Local residents should use private transportation to reach tournament venues and are encouraged to drive where possible
- Visitors are encouraged to use the Doha Metro and public bus services
- Direct bus services will be operational to the stadiums from five locations around Doha and major accommodation sites
The information was announced during a press conference in Doha attended by representatives of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Transport, Qatar Rail, Mowasalat and the Public Works Authority (Ashghal). Below are details of the key announcements:
Arrivals at Hamad International Airport and Doha International Airport: Fans will have a range of transport options when they arrive, including shuttles, the Doha Metro, taxis and public transport services, such as Uber and Careem. Shuttle buses will operate from both airports and will help fans reach their accommodation and tourist attractions in central Doha.
From November 1, Corniche Street will be pedestrianized as it prepares to host a variety of fan activities during the tournament. Fans are encouraged to use public transport to either the Corniche Activation or the Fifa Fan Festival, located in Al Bidda Park. Shuttle services will be set up so fans can travel between entertainment areas.
Free shuttle services now operate between Souq Waqif metro station and Al Bidda Park, connecting fans to various locations on the B-Ring and C-Ring routes, and connecting accommodation sites to activations. Timetables and routes are available on the Mowasalat website.
Plate management system
A vehicle license plate management system will be implemented in central Doha from 1 November. The area covered extends from Al Khafji Street in the north to C-Ring Road in the west and south and Corniche Street in the east.
Under the plan, which is being tested every Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. until October 28, vehicles with general transport plates and black private transport plates are diverted from central Doha. During the tournament, it will be operational daily.
Individuals who own only one vehicle, as well as public transport vehicles and emergency services, are exempt from the scheme. Local authorities will fine vehicles that enter central Doha without meeting the exemption criteria.
A-Ring Road now has a lane reserved for buses and taxis. Drivers not allowed to use the bus and taxi lane will be fined. The lane will be open to all road users from 2am to 8am only until the tournament. The lane will be used exclusively by buses and taxis 24 hours a day during the tournament.
Traffic diversions around stadiums
To organize the entry and exit of vehicles, traffic will be restricted around the Al Thumama, Khalifa International, Lusail and Al Janoub stadiums. Residents of areas surrounding these sites are encouraged to use alternate routes.
Details on entering through the Abu Samra land border will be announced by the relevant authorities in due course.
The organizers aim to deliver the most accessible FIFA World Cup in the tournament’s history.
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