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Yachts, private planes, hotels…everything is complete in Dubai with the start of the World Cup

Qatar wasn’t the only country to see a huge boom in tourism thanks to its hosting of the 2022 World Cup. The UAE has capitalized on the event, with the emirate of Dubai set to receive an estimated one million additional visitors during the World Cup, according to the Dubai Sports Council.

For his part, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths described the emirate as the “main gateway” to the World Cup and expected more tourists to see it.

This is made possible by ‘match day air shuttles’ operated by Qatar Airways and Dubai-based low-cost carrier flydubai – allowing travelers to book same-day return flights from neighboring Dubai or Oman to attend football matches in Qatar and back in less than 24 hours.

Qatar is expected to have delivered 45,000 hotel rooms in total by the start of November, according to Cushman & Wakefield Qatar, with the tournament being held “supported by cruise ships, camping facilities, apartments and villas”. Meanwhile, Dubai, as a city, has more than 140,000 hotel rooms, according to hotel data company STR, according to CNBC, which was viewed by Al Arabiya.net.

Across the various emirates within the UAE, 43 fan zones have been set up for watching matches, the largest of which is sufficient to host 10,000 fans daily with matches broadcast on huge screens of 3,552 square feet.

The $20,000-a-night game-watching experience

Dubai’s revenue will not only come from hotel and restaurant stays. Visitors to Dubai can rent luxury yachts for tens of thousands of dollars a night to watch matches while sailing across the Persian Gulf.

Xclusive Yachts, the UAE’s largest private yacht charter company, offers its most luxurious cruise experience for $20,000 per night on a triple decker yacht, equipped with five cabins and a Michelin-starred chef.

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

Air traffic is also skyrocketing – Dubai Airports announced in mid-November that 120 massive shuttle flights will fly to and from Dubai Airport each day between the tournament’s start and finish dates of November 20 and December 18.

On Monday, flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said that almost all of the airline’s match-day shuttle flights to Doha were at full capacity.

With the addition of flights from Dubai International Airport (DXB), passengers can catch a flight every 30 to 50 minutes.

Booming demand for private jets

But like everything in Dubai, there is a luxury option if you have the money to spend: private jet charter companies have seen a boom in business, with some fans willing to pay huge sums to get to matches.

“We are definitely seeing a significant increase in traffic between Dubai and Doha over the next month,” said Oleg Kafarov, development manager at Dubai-based private jet company, Jetex.

Jetex offers two packages: a full service private jet at AED 240,000 ($65,340) for up to 10 passengers, or single seats at AED 29,000 ($7,895) per seat, with a flight time between Dubai and Doha of about an hour.

Despite the exorbitant prices, demand for private flights is much higher than this time last year, charter companies report, although figures vary from company to company.

In turn, Ian Moore, Commercial Director of the private company VistaJet, said that more than 70 of its flights on business jets to Qatar for the matches have already been booked.

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