November 18 2022  |  Airline & Terminal News

Qatar Airways elevates World Cup 2022 experience for all travelers

By Laura Shirk

Competitors arriving to compete at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

Qatar Airways has announced that all passengers flying through Hamad International Airport (HIA) and Doha International Airport (DIA) until December 31 will be able to experience complimentary and entertaining pre-departure waiting areas.

Named Passenger Overflow Areas (POAs), each has been built to provide fans with dedicated facilities, to complete their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ journey. At both POAs, passengers can safely stow baggage, enjoy a taste of the best international cuisine or relax in comfort and style while soaking up a football-themed atmosphere.

The larger of the two overflow areas, at HIA, includes a virtual reality gaming zone — a world first. In addition to soft play areas for children, large screens will be available to show game highlights.

To coincide with the opening, a Qatar Airways FIFA World Cup™ anthem recorded by internationally acclaimed singer Cheb Khaled and superstar DJ Rodge called “C.H.A.M.P.I.O.N.S.” has been released on the airline’s official YouTube channel and will be played onboard flights arriving in Qatar. The uplifting lyrics are sung in English, French and Arabic and its catchy melody reflects the passion of all fans uniting across the globe in this shared experience.

“Qatar Airways is all about offering global passengers the best experiences the industry has to offer. Passenger Overflow Areas will accommodate thousands of fans at any given time at our world-class airports. We’re dedicating the song “C.H.A.M.P.I.O.N.S.” to those fans and to people everywhere which we think captures the excitement that FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ represents to this country and region,” says His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive at Qatar Airways Group.

“The commencement of the passenger overflow area at both HIA and DIA will offer our visitors a remarkable chance to experience the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ at dedicated premises. Curated for all departing passengers, the overflow area is part of MATAR’s initial airport operations plan set to improve overall flow at both airports and accommodate thousands of visitors at any given time throughout the tournament,” adds HIA’s Chief Operations Officer Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer.

The spaces are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are accessible via designated POA shuttles, which will be available from the airports and metro to transfer passengers. Travelers can check-in online and come to these spaces between eight and four hours prior to departure.

Fans traveling to the world’s greatest football show can find more information about the journey and the specially themed services on offer by reading the Qatar Airways travel guide.

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