With the FIFA World Cup well underway, Qatar’s transport sector is currently seeing a record number of passengers as visitors flock to get a slice of the pie when it comes to the sport. It’s football fever in the country at the moment, and passengers have arrived in droves at airports, buses and metro stations.
In particular, the Ministry of Transport (MoT) has recorded over 1,500 air movements at Hamad International Airport (HIA) as well as at Doha International Airport.
The country has been prepping for the mega sporting event for quite some time now to ensure that all processes are smooth-sailing and that both visitors and citizens are safe. “Qatar is expected to see a significant increase in the number of passengers and aircraft movement with the mass arrival of fans and visitors to the global sporting event,” says the MoT in a statement. “Years ago, the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority carried out comprehensive development plans in the Qatari airspace in terms of increasing the number of air routes for inbound and outbound airplanes, to and from Qatar, and upgrading all the systems and technologies used in air navigation.”
As such, the organisers of the World Cup are encouraging those who live in Qatar to drive to the matches. They can take advantage of the free parking regardless of where they want to go across all eight stadiums. Information about the Doha Metro services is available on the official website.
It’s also important to travel light especially when commuting or taking public transport to ease up on cramped spaces. There are also directions on how to reach each stadium from the official website as well to facilitate transportation for visitors and residents alike. As always, everyone is urged to practice proper safety protocols to make sure everyone enjoys the games.
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