An excited football fan touches down at Hamad International Airport, the gateway to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. They hop on to the Doha Metro and in just 30 minutes they are chanting along with tens of thousands of football fans, at the first of several matches they are going to watch.
Throughout the tournament, they find that getting to and from games is quick and easy. There are plenty of air-conditioned buses and taxis, and the roads are clear. But most of the time they take the Doha Metro, which looks brand new and is simple to use. It's always just a short walk from metro station to stadium, where they can savour the atmosphere on the approach to another unforgettable FIFA World Cup 2022™ game.
The same transport system will allow fans to spend more time enjoying the tournament and will ensure short and comfortable journeys for citizens, residents and future visitors alike. Much of the transport infrastructure that will be used during the FIFA World Cup 2022™ was already planned prior to Qatar winning the right to host the tournament, in line with the aims of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Hamad International Airport (HIA) gives visitors the ideal first impression of Qatar – state-of-the-art, welcoming and well connected. Fans arriving for the FIFA World Cup 2022™ can choose to take the Doha Metro, bus or taxi directly to a match, with all stadiums less than an hour away.
This spacious, well-organised airport is being expanded and will be capable of handling 50 million passengers each year by 2022. In the long term, it will cement Qatar's growing role as a travel hub, with its central position making it the perfect transit point for passengers travelling onwards to the east or west.
So this airport is not only a crucial part of the FIFA World Cup 2022™, but it will also be important for Qatar's economy and in helping to bring the world closer together.
Leading Qatar's charge towards sustainability as part of Qatar National Vision 2030, a metro and rail system is being constructed by Qatar Rail. Once complete, this network will provide a fast, cost-effective and environmentally friendly way for everyone to reach matches, fan zones and accommodation during the FIFA World Cup 2022™.
At a local level, the driverless Doha Metro will be joined by light rail and tram networks in Lusail and Education City, home to Education City Stadium. Lusail is a new model city, just north of Doha, where the FIFA World Cup 2022™ final will be held. Doha's new green transport options will be seamlessly linked to a wider rail network across Qatar and the Gulf region, opening up countless options to visitors.
After the tournament has finished and the FIFA World Cup™ winners have been crowned at Lusail, Qatar and the Gulf area will be left with an invaluable legacy of sustainable travel. Qatar's new rail system will take cars off the road, giving people a cleaner, more comfortable and faster way to enjoy this special region.
Qatar's road system is rapidly expanding, making more room for the buses, cars and taxis that will take fans to FIFA World Cup 2022™ stadiums, fan zones and tourist attractions. Upgrades being made by Ashghal, Qatar's Public Works Authority, will improve the safety and efficiency of Qatar's roads, while prioritising the country's long-term development needs.
One of the most noticeable upgrades will be the addition of several expressways to connect cities, towns and villages across the country with high quality roads and urban arterial routes. Smaller local roads will be fitted with enhanced drainage systems, benefitting both the environment and local communities for years to come.
The overall result of road works will be reductions in journey times and vehicles' environmental impact, and improved routes that can comfortably cope with current and future traffic demands.
Walking & cycling
Palm trees, stunning blue waters and cooling coastal breezes greet all those who enjoy outdoor life in Qatar. And to make healthy living even more attractive, Ashghal is building a system of shaded walking and cycling paths throughout the country.
This will not only reinforce the SC's commitment to sustainability by reducing carbon emissions, but also make a significant contribution to Qatar National Vision 2030's environmental growth objectives. It is one more way that the SC and its partners will make the FIFA World Cup 2022™ the greenest football tournament ever held.
Surrounded by the glistening waters of the Gulf on three sides, Qatar has always been a seafaring nation, with a long history in pearl diving and seaborne trading.
Expanding on this rich history, water taxis will offer football fans a novel and scenic way to get around during the FIFA World Cup 2022™. The system will be fully integrated with land-based transport systems, giving fans a seamless journey wherever they go.
Along the way, they'll get to see the best of Qatar – whether it's the innovative architecture of downtown Doha mirrored in emerald green seas, or the ornate dhows that have sailed these seas for centuries.