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Floating hotel in Doha harbor for FIFA visitors

by Shahadat Hossen

SW Desk:
Qatar has arranged several floating hotels for the overnight stay of football World Cup-2022 spectators. Each of these hotels has been newly decorated with luxurious amenities. Earlier, a huge cruise ship called MSC World Europa arrived at Doha port. The second one arrived on Monday.

According to local media, MSC World Europa anchored in Doha port last Thursday. MSc Poetry joined him on Monday.

This state-of-the-art cruise ship will be a four-star floating hotel. It has the opportunity to sit in the cabin and watch the sea. There are well-furnished balconies, luxurious suites, multiple dining options for meals, events and entertainment for people of all ages.

The 16-story MSC Poesia has a total of 1,265 cabins, three swimming pools, a spa and wellness center, cinema, poolside, tennis and basketball courts, four dining areas as well as 15 coffee shops and event spaces.

But in comparison MSC World Europa is bigger. The 22-story ship has 2,626 cabins.

It is estimated that more than 1.2 million people from different parts of the world will go to Qatar to watch this football World Cup. Apart from floating hotels, apartments with modern facilities, hotel rooms, villas, fan villages, and even camps in the desert have been arranged for these travelers to spend the night.
HE Akbar Al Baker, chairman of Qatar Tourism and chief executive of Qatar Airways Group, said in a statement on Sunday that the floating hotel’s accommodation and entertainment services are a reflection of their hard work to host the ‘best World Cup in history’.

MSC Group, the owner of the three cruise ships sent on the occasion of the World Cup, said that each of their ships has a capacity of at least 10,000 beds and that their reservations for the first week of the World Cup are 100% filled.

Qatar authorities said that many football fans will choose neighboring countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Oman or Iran as an alternative if they cannot find a place to stay in Qatar. In that case, there is a ‘shuttle’ flight arrangement so that they can go back after watching the football match.

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