Qatar take on Japan on Wednesday in an Asian qualifying match for World Cup 2010.
Qatar is a hot, arid desert country – but don’t worry, for at this time of the year the climate is perfect. In this brief guide we provide some basic travel essentials along with an idea of what to do and where to do when you get there.
If you are Japanese, British, American or Australian there is no need to worry about visas – you can buy one on arrival. (A prior hotel booking is advisable, though, as you may be asked for an address.) Don’t bring any alcohol or pork into the Qq Poker country (or dirty dvds, handcuffs or sexy knickers) as they will be confiscated. Getting through the immigration is easy, then grab a taxi from outside the front gates and head off to your hotel.
Chance are your match will be held in Al Sadd stadium, the stadium of choice for 90% of Qatar’s football matches. And it is easy to see why – the modernistic design is frankly superb, and you always feel close to the action. The stadium is friendly enough, although there may be a little bit of booing during your National Anthem (don’t take it too seriously.) As the match starts the Qataris will start chanting and drumming – listen out for Yallah Shebab (come on boys). Try to avoid the burgers sold around the stadium, they are quite simply the worst in the world.
There are a huge range of hotels to choose from, the majority of which will eat into your budget. At the very top end of the market are the Four Seasons and the two Ritz Carltons. The Ritz Carlton …