Travel agents advise staying in Dubai and taking a flight to Doha to watch the FIFA World Cup match rather than booking a hotel in Doha because lodging costs there are so high.
To watch a match in Qatar will often cost at least $2,000 (Dh7,340), as opposed to roughly $1,670 (Dh6,130) if football fans decide to reserve a hotel in Dubai, travel throughout Qatar for a match, and then return to Dubai on the same day. As a result, according to Avinash Adnani, general director of Pluto Travels, they would be able to save $330 (Dh, 1200).
According to him, a luxury hotel room in Qatar costs at least Dh5,000–6,000 ($1,360–1,635) per night plus about $500 (Dh1,835) for a match ticket, which can cost up to Dh7,835 for an entire day of attendance.
However, during the FIFA World Cup, hotel rates in Dubai range from Dh300 in Deira and Bur Dubai hotels to Dh1,300 in a high-quality hotel. It will cost a maximum of Dh6,130 if a return ticket from Dubai to Doha costs Dh3,000 and a match ticket costs Dh1,835.
“Hotels in Qatar are much more expensive than in Dubai. Plus, there are plenty of options as well for foreigners to choose a hotel in Dubai. So people do not just get to watch matches at more affordable rates in Dubai, there are more entertainment options for visitors here as well,” he said.
Strong Demand for Foreign Football Fans
For the duration of the massive event, the UAE and Qatari airlines intend to run about 30 flights per day between the two Gulf nations to carry football fans.
He said that some of the flights have already sold out and that others had extremely high occupancy rates. “Flight prices currently range between Dh2,500 and Dh3,000. However, when the World Cup draws near, they will rise to Dh3,500–4,000.