By Francesca Astorri
Ministry says 45,000 new rooms will be ready by 2017
In the run up to FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar is opening 21 new hotels in Doha,
due for completion in the next five years.
More than half of the new hotels are going to be five-star properties and
nine will be four-star, The Peninsula reported. 80-85 percent of the current 77
hotels in Qatar are four or five-star.
According to the Ministry of Business and Trade, 45,000 additional hotel
rooms will be built by 2017 to reach FIFA’s projected capacity requirement of
Average occupancy rate for 2012 had fallen to 58 percent in comparison to 61
percent recorded over the same period in 2011, DTZ’s Property Times report
(Qatar – Q3 2012) revealed. This reduction is primarily explained by the 32
percent increase in hotel supply recorded over the first three quarters of
A further 50 hotels are being planned before 2020, of which 80-85 percent
will be rated either four or five-star. Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is
planning to invest US$17 billion on tourism related infrastructure projects over the next five years.
Hang on guys you will not need those rooms, the foreigners may not come. And if the foreign fans do come they may stay in Dubai,or Adu Dhabi after all they will be there for fun times all Dubai has the rooms and lots of fun things to do!
I would love to see a World Cup in the Arabian world. But please please do not behave as if the WC is next year. Get the facts, figures, infra, investigations of bribery, meeting up federations to move it to the winter or as indicated summer, sharing the WC with UAE, Bahrain & Oman (as it can generate many jobs in these countries as well for the locals). Get these sorted out we shall see it. I want Qatar to do it successfully but questions remain. I have been to the 2010 WC in SA and trust me they pulled it off really well.