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Top Spots To Visit In Qatar Ahead Of The 2022 World Cup

By Chinelo Eze
20 November 2022   |   9:46 am
The 2022 World Cup scheduled to hold from November 20 to December 18 is the most anticipated football event of the year. As football lovers flood Qatar here are some places to note in your checklist ahead of the football extravanganza. The minaret of the spiral mosque at Fanar One of Doha's most well-known architectural…

The spiral minaret of the mosque of Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center (Fanar) is seen in Doha on November 14, 2022, ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

The 2022 World Cup scheduled to hold from November 20 to December 18 is the most anticipated football event of the year.
As football lovers flood Qatar here are some places to note in your checklist ahead of the football extravanganza.

The minaret of the spiral mosque at Fanar
One of Doha’s most well-known architectural monuments, the spiral mosque’s minaret is visible through a wall of water from a fountain in front of the Museum of Islamic Art, which is located across the street. This mosque is a duplicate of the Great Mosque of Al-Mutawwakil in Samarra, Iraq, rather than the conventional mosque in Qatar. It is situated close to Souq Waqif in the Souqs neighbourhood. The old city’s dominant spiral minaret is brought to life at night. It is also known as the Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Centre.

A man walks inside the National Museum of Qatar complex in Doha on November 14, 2022, ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

National Museum Qatar

Make your trip complete with a visit to the Qatar National Museum. This magnificent piece of construction tells the story of Qatar’s illustrious past and heritage. The museum structure, called ‘desert rose’, is shaped like a set of interlocking cantilevered discs and resembles a metal crystal.

The museum houses manuscripts, pictures, jewellery, archaeological and historical artefacts, costumes, and more that educates one about the Middle East. Checkout the Baroda pearl carpet, which the Indian Maharajah of Baroda has authorised. Over 1.5 million pearls, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, and emeralds are placed in gold on a piece of beautiful silk. Children under 16 and tourists are admitted free of charge to the National Museum of Qatar, but adult foreign visitors must pay a small entrance fee.

Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor

Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor
The 2022 World Cup ceremony has been scheduled to hold at the Al Bayt stadium at Al Khor, 35 kilometres north of Doha. The stadium is a 60,000-seat stadium where six group matches, a round of 16 match, and a semifinal will all be played which includes 1,000 seats for press. The stadium’s beautiful tent structure envelops an ultra-modern football stadium and was inspired by the bayt al sha’ar of Qatar’s nomadic people. The tents can be recognised by their distinctive black and white stripes. According to Dr. Nasser Al Hajeri, the facility management director, said the intention while building the stadium was to capture the culture and heritage of the people as tourists get a feel of being in Qatar.

Banana Island beach

Banana Island beach
Located in Doha Qatar, this beach appeals to many interested in chilling by the sea side. In Qatar, beaches surround the Arabian Gulf coastlines, which gives a lovely location for visitors seeking to take in the sunshine and ultramarine water. Feel relaxed at the pools with activities like kayaking, waterslides, banana boat rides and more.