Text by Jx Chong & Janice Teh
Football fans around the world wait in great anticipation for the coming 2022 FIFA World Cup, the 22nd edition of the prestigious football championship, scheduled to take place in Qatar. But just how much are you willing to pay to enjoy the beautiful game in all its glory?
If money were no object, then fans might want to consider watching their favourite teams play from the comfort of a luxury suite, complete with beds, at Qatar’s Al Bayt Stadium. Guests will be able to eat, drink and sleep with the service of a five-star hotel from this luxury suite.
There definitely is no better way to enjoy the game than from the massive window in the room that offers a bird’s eye view of the unfolding action on the pitch.
As this is the first World Cup to take place in the Middle East, hosted country Qatar is pulling out all the stops to impress football fans by building six brand new stadiums.
Located in the Northern city of Al Khor, the massive stadium can accommodate 60,000 people. The design is distinctive as it is modelled after the tents Qatar natives used in the desert. The highlight of this unique design is a retractable roof that can be opened in 20 minutes. Much like a modern-day oasis, the surroundings of the stadium will be decorated with a park and an artificial lake.
The 2022 World Cup will be kicking off on 20th November 2022 with the final to be played on 18th December which happens to be Qatar’s national day. Though the finals are set to take place in the larger Lusail Stadium, the Al Bayt Stadium will host the semi-finals.
As football fans the world over are counting down to the start of FIFA World Cup, Avani Palm View Hotel and Avani Ibn Battuta Hotel in Dubai have unveiled an action-packed programme of viewing activities and stay packages dedicated to the beautiful game.
Seven Seeds at Avani Palm View Hotel is the most dedicated sports viewing venue this season for football enthusiasts. In another winning move, the hotel has partnered with Budweiser and African & Eastern to raffle off a trip to Qatar to watch the FIFA World Cup final among guests who purchase a bucket or four pints of Budweiser. A special “Football Kit” menu is available at Seven Seeds with dishes such as beer-battered Cajun chicken strips, German beef bratwurst, Guinness beef and mushroom pie, fish and chips, and Happy Hour starts daily from 4 pm to 8 pm.
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At Avani Ibn Battuta, a Football Festival will kick off in November, reaching a fever pitch in December, as the FIFA World Cup finals draw nearer. Available from 21st November through 18th December 2022, ‘The Match Is On’ stay package invites guests to get into the spirit of the occasion with World Cup-themed welcome gifts and décor as they enjoy every minute of the action on the giant outdoor screen at Pele Pool Bar.
Throughout the stay, Avani Ibn Battuta guests can also taste flavours from the world with themed cocktails and menus inspired by the competing nations. Get discounts, and win personalised jerseys and other prizes in prediction competitions as 32 teams aim for the ultimate prize in football.
Enjoy the ‘Festival of Football’ family package which includes match viewing at Avani Ibn Battuta’s Pele Pool Bar, unlimited poolside appetiser buffet, three-hour unlimited house pouring beverages, and access to a supervised kids’ play area with PlayStation 5 and EA Sports FIFA games. Another option for the spectators is the ‘Match at the Pool’ package, which includes match viewing at Pele Pool Bar and providing food and beverages with advanced bookings.
For more information about special football offers at Avani Palm View, please email [email protected] or visit www.avanihotels.com/en/palm-dubai. To book football packages at Avani Ibn Battuta Dubai, email [email protected], or visit here.