Tourism

At a glance

Tourism is one of five priority sectors integral to diversifying Qatar’s economy. The sector introduces lucrative opportunities for developers and investors through an inclusive approach joining both the public and private sectors to leverage on the nationwide $200-billion investment in the tourism sector. Focusing on the betterment of the tourism climate in Qatar, the project entails anchor developments such as the Doha Metro, the National Museum of Qatar, Msheireb Downtown Doha, among others. The nation is also on course to experience a major jump in athletic and corporate tourism with hosting world-class tournaments such as the 2030 Asian Games and the awaited 2022 FIFA World Cup. This rich track record in hosting international events is part of a comprehensive plan to transform Qatar into one of the world leading tourism destinations.

$200 bn

Investment programme

Nationwide $200 billion Investment programme supporting tourism & hospitality

5.6 m

Tourists in 2023

5.6 million tourists arrivals targeted in 2023

$5.9 bn

Tourism market

Market currently looking for new infrastructure, tourism products & urban entertainment options across a wide range of activities

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Shopping malls

Doha's world-class shopping malls are family-friendly destinations. With a comprehensive array of high street and luxury brands from around the world, the larger malls have an extensive range of recreational facilities. These include restaurants and cafes, supermarkets, cinemas, arcades, indoor play areas, ski slopes and live entertainment. Some of the malls in Qatar are Al Hazm Mall, Mall of Qatar, Doha Festival City, Villagio Mall, and the Landmark Mall.

Katara Hospitality

Katara Hospitality is a global hotel owner, developer and operator, based in Qatar. With 50 years of experience in the industry, Katara Hospitality actively pursues its strategic expansion plans by investing in peerless hotels in Qatar, while growing its collection of iconic properties in key international markets. Katara Hospitality’s portfolio has grown to include 42 owned and / or managed hotels and the company is now focused on achieving its target of 60 hotels in its portfolio by 2030. As the country’s flagship hospitality organisation, Katara Hospitality supports Qatar’s long-term economic vision.

Katara Hospitality currently owns properties spread across four continents in Qatar, Egypt, Morocco, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Singapore, Thailand and United States of America. While it partners with some of the finest hotel management companies, Katara Hospitality operates owned and non-owned hotels through its standalone operating arm, Murwab Hotel Group.

Katara Hospitality has gained global recognition for its contributions to the Qatari and international hospitality landscape, through numerous prestigious accolades from the industry.

World cup 2022

In December 2010, Qatar made history by winning the right to host the FIFA World Cup 2022™ and became the first Middle Eastern country to do so. In the years since, the country has used this opportunity to not only work on developing an exceptional experience for the fans, but also to create a lasting legacy for Qatar, the Middle East, Asia, and the world.

All of the FIFA World Cup™ stadiums in Qatar are less than an hour’s travel time from one another. Fans could start their day in the south, cheering on their favorite team in Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah City in the afternoon, and head north to soak up the atmosphere at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor City later that day for the evening fixture.

Fans can travel to matches via metro, car, rail, bike, or even water taxi, using advanced transport systems that will help to make this the first ever carbon neutral FIFA World Cup 2022™. All accommodation, from budget options to luxurious hotels, will also be within easy reach of tournament venues.

Downtown Msheireb

Msheireb is the world’s first sustainable downtown regeneration project, that will revive the old commercial district with a new architectural language that is modern, yet inspired by traditional Qatari heritage and architecture – its proportion, simplicity, space, light, layering, ornament and response to climate. Utilising the latest in sustainable technologies, Msheireb will adhere to the highest standards in green building. The strategic objective of the Msheireb project is to reverse the pattern of development in Doha, which has tended towards isolated land use, reliance on car transportation and energy hungry structures. Msheireb Downtown Doha will become a new social and civic hub in the city centre – a place where it is enjoyable to live, work, shop, visit, and spend time with family and friends.

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