With the Qatar FIFA World Cup fast looming, tens of thousands of football fans are looking to make Dubai their base while travelling back and forth to enjoy the matches. Hotels and short-term rental apartments in Fifa World Cup 2022 are expected to be in full capacity towards the end of the year; however, we’ve rounded up a few accommodation choices that you can still consider – if you’re planning your trip last minute.
Ready? It’s kick-off time.
NH DUBAI, THE PALM: Dubai’s First Football Themed Hotel
Football fever has taken over Dubai for sure, as the city gets ready to open its first ever football themed hotel, in the run up to the World Cup in Qatar.
The NH Hotel (with the football theme) will debut in November this year and is set to be an absolute treat for sports fanatics, from across the world.
The enormous 533 room hotel will transform into a football festival during the FIFA tournament, and host various sporting events for its guests. The pub will serve as the ultimate social hangout for fans – who’ll continue to enjoy the hotel’s other luxury additions such as the rooftop infinity pools and the hotel’s close proximity to the ocean.
Accommodation packages start at AED 4,700 (approx USD 1290) and go up to AED 14,200 (approx USD 3870) for a 12 night package – but this may be subject to change.
Those who are looking for an ultra-luxury and private FIFA World Cup experience can reserve the Stadium Suite for AED 82k – now that’s “goals”.
JEBEL ALI, The Resort
This resort hotel complex is the largest in Dubai, as it actually hosts three hotels on site. So, if you’re looking to enjoy your FIFA World Cup experience in style, then Jebel Ali might be the answer.
The venue is located on a beautiful beachfront strip about 800 metres in length; and is just a 41-minute trip away from the airport – making it easy for you to travel back and forth for the games.
This complex also boasts a world class championship golf course with nine holes, tennis courts, and a shooting range – just in case football isn’t the only sport on your mind.
Guaranteed rental accommodation at Jebel Ali will entirely depend on how much space you’re looking for. At an extra cost, you can opt for rooms with breathtaking views or a connecting room if you’re visiting Dubai with the kids. There are also options like two-bedroom suites and access to a Premium Lounge.
With many activities and 25 restaurants and bars on site, Jebel Ali will ensure you’re perfectly relaxed while enjoying the World Cup season.
LE MERIDIEN DUBAI HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE
Credited as the ultimate “hot spot” during the FIFA World Cup season, Le Meridien in Dubai is set to transform into a footy fan’s paradise towards the end of the year.
The hotel will boast a special “Footy Fans Zone”, which will serve an exclusive Sports Menu (fat burgers and fiery chicken wings, anyone?), and also have a massive screen surrounded by air-con, so fans can cheer for their favourite teams.
Located close to Dubai International Airport, Le Meridien offers ample luxury and convenience for FIFA World Cup goers. It is set in the heart of 15 hectares of manicured gardens; and as well as being jam-packed with entertainment… is a sight to behold.
Rates start from AED 1,327 – but may fluctuate.
NOVOTEL JUMEIRAH VILLAGE TRIANGLE
Situated just 30 minutes away from Dubai International Airport, Novotel JUMEIRAH Village Triangle is sure to be a popular choice among football fans.
The hotel is on Joory Street (colloquially known as the modern area of Dubai) and is a stylish four star venue. If you’re enjoying the FIFA World Cup with family and children, then the Novotel is a particularly good choice as the hotel is alcohol-free and offers a range of spacious suites and connecting rooms.
In between games, guests can also enjoy the hotel’s fully equipped gym, tranquil pool and spa. Room rates start at AED 480 – so the Novotel is an excellent choice for those who want to enjoy the football spirit for less money.
Be sure to check directly with these Dubai based accommodation providers to get the latest room rates and information. We highly recommend that you do your due diligence before committing to accommodation for the World Cup season.
Remember, football fans can get quite “passionate”, and even accommodation providers in Dubai are doing their best to ensure fans from viciously opposing teams aren’t housed together.
Other than that, enjoy the games – and hey, may the best team win!