Qatar expands tourism offerings in lead up to World Cup 2022

Hilton Salwa Beach Resort and Villas and Zulal Wellness Resort are the latest additions to Qatar’s tourism landscape, as the country continues its tourism development strategy to expand its leisure offerings ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

The high-profile sporting event, which will take place from November 21 to December 18, 2022, is unique in that Qatar is the first west Asian nation and also the smallest country to ever play host.

Extensive hotel and resort development is key to Qatar’s ongoing tourism development strategy

The two new openings will each bring something different to the broad range of amenities and experiences already available to domestic and international tourists.

Akbar Al Baker, secretary general of Qatar National Tourism Council and CEO of Qatar Airways, said in a press statement: “Throughout this year and in the run up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, we are expanding our tourism offering to ensure guests can enjoy the very best in Qatari hospitality. Extensive hotel and resort development is key to our strategy, and we are pleased to have two outstanding developments underway, including our partnership with Hilton Hotels and Resorts with the Salwa Beach project.”

Located 84km from capital city Doha, Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas is set across 3.5km of private beaches and features beach villas, each with private pools and gardens. Thirty villas are now available for bookings, with a further 246 deluxe hotel rooms and suites due to open in early 2021.

Hotel guests can enjoy a selection of F&B outlets, an elaborate Eforea Spa which takes in eight luxurious treatment rooms and a fully equipped VIP room with a Rasul mud chamber, and various activities at the Desert Falls Water & Adventure Park.

Meanwhile, Zulal Wellness Resort is set to be the first well-being resort in the region and the largest in Qatar. Partially opening in late 2020 before its complete opening in early 2021, the resort will offer treatments and facilities for sun-seeking families or couples looking to escape to the Arabian dunes.

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