Superyacht rentals, private jets and a soccer-themed hotel: Dubai is cashing in on the Qatar World Cup

A yacht that may be rented to look at the World Cup whereas crusing round Dubai is docked in Dubai harbor on November 1, 2022, forward of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup soccer event. Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP through Getty Images)

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Qatar is not the solely nation getting a large increase in tourism due to its internet hosting of the 2022 World Cup. 

The neighboring United Arab Emirates is set to profit from the wave too, with its glitzy industrial capital of Dubai set to see an estimated 1 million extra guests throughout the course of the soccer event, in accordance with the Dubai Sports Council.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, in August known as Dubai “the major gateway” to the World Cup and predicted it will see extra vacationers than Qatar itself.

And the metropolis is pulling out all the stops, leveraging its fame as a hyper-modern metropolis extra liberal and built-out than Qatar and promoting the extravagant vacationer sights it is developed a fame for. 

Dubai is recognized for over-the-top and outlandish experiences — like its indoor ski slope complicated in the desert, the world’s deepest man-made plunge pool, the world’s tallest constructing and largest Ferris wheel. It’s now added particular World Cup-themed experiences, concurrently profiting from the incontrovertible fact that Qatar, a tiny nation of three million folks, is struggling to accommodate all its anticipated vacationers and lots of them will decide to lodge in Dubai for the matches as a substitute. 

Getty Images | A common view of the West Bay space forward of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at on November 18, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.

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This has been made potential by “match day air shuttles” being operated by Qatar Airlines and Dubai-based low-cost service FlyDubai– permitting vacationers to e-book same-day round-trip flights from Dubai or close by Oman to attend a match in Qatar and return in lower than 24 hours.   

“Only an hour away from Qatar by flight, Dubai is a familiar destination for global travelers,” Taufiq Rahim, a analysis fellow at the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government, advised CNBC. “Its tourism infrastructure and straightforward entry requirements make it a convenient base for World Cup fans.”

Qatar is anticipated to have delivered 45,000 resort rooms in complete by the begin of November, in accordance with Cushman & Wakefield Qatar, with event lodging “bolstered by cruise ships, camping facilities, apartments and villas.” Dubai, in the meantime, as a metropolis has greater than 140,000 resort rooms, in accordance with resort knowledge agency STR. 

Around the UAE’s totally different emirates, 43 fan zones for watching matches have been arrange, with a few of the largest – like Budweiser’s official BudX fan zone in Dubai Harbor – large enough to host 10,000 followers each day with matches aired on huge 3,552 square-foot screens. There’s even a soccer-themed resort on Dubai’s man-made Palm archipelago, the place the most devoted followers can keep whereas being shuttled in and out of Doha for each day matches.

A common view of the downtown space in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 08, 2021.

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A $20,000 per night time match viewing expertise

Dubai’s income will not simply be coming from resort stays and eating places. Visitors to the emirate can lease superyachts working in the tens of 1000’s of {dollars} per night time to look at matches whereas crusing by the Persian Gulf.

Xclusive Yachts, the UAE’s largest private constitution yacht firm, presents its most opulent seaborne expertise at $20,000 per night on a tri-deck superyacht full with a skydeck, onboard bar, skylounge, 5 cabins and a Michelin-starred chef serving gourmand meals. 

“We are expecting a more than 300% [rise] in yacht bookings in November and December mainly due to visitors for the World Cup and Qatar who are also looking for leisure activities in Dubai,” Managing Director Amit Patel advised Doha News in October.

Akbar al-Baker (Third-L), Qatar’s Tourism Minister and CEO of Qatar Airways, offers a press convention relating to preparations for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, in the capital Doha on May 26, 2022, whereas accompanied by Oman Air CEO Abdulaziz al-Raisi, flydubai CEO Ghaith al-Ghaith, and Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) CEO Captain Ibrahim Koshy.

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Flight site visitors is additionally capturing up — Dubai Airports in mid-November introduced that a whopping 120 shuttle flights will fly in and out of the Dubai World Central airport every day between the event’s begin and finish dates of Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. 

And on Monday, the CEO of Flydubai, Ghaith Al Ghaith, mentioned that just about all of the airline’s match-day shuttle flights to Doha had been at full capability. 

“This is a pattern that looks set to continue over the next couple of days and weeks,” Al Ghaith mentioned.

Flydubai and Qatar Airways will probably be collectively working the match day shuttle flights between DWC and Doha. With the addition of flights from Dubai’s fundamental airport, Dubai International (DXB), vacationers can catch a flight each 30 to 50 minutes. 

Private jet demand booms

But like every little thing in Dubai, there’s a luxurious possibility in case you have the money to spend: Private jet constitution corporations have seen a increase in enterprise, with some followers keen to pay eye-watering sums to get to matches.

“We certainly see a great increase in traffic between Dubai and Doha over the coming month,” Oleg Kafarov, portfolio improvement and communications director at Dubai-based private constitution jet firm Jetex, advised CNBC. 

Jetex presents two packages: a full private jet service priced at 240,000 UAE dirhams ($65,340) for as much as 10 passengers, or particular person seats priced that run for 29,000 dirhams ($7,895) apiece. The flight time between Dubai and Doha is roughly an hour. 

The firm even decked out its VIP terminal at DWC airport as a World Cup fan zone, with a mini soccer pitch and different themed decorations. 

Despite the steep costs, demand for private flights is considerably increased than this time final 12 months, constitution operators are reporting, although the figures differ from firm to firm. 

Ian Moore, chief industrial officer for private constitution firm VistaJet, says greater than 70 of its government jet flights to Qatar for matches are already booked.

“There’s obviously some people that are waiting to see if their favorite team gets past the qualifying rounds,” Moore advised Gulf News.

“We strongly encourage our clientele to book with us as early as possible, even with a private jet, given the restrictions, and the amount of volume of flights that Doha is expecting, you need to be well organized and well-structured.”

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