FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Fanatics HQ Qatar
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Fanatics HQ Qatar is based in the Al Wakrah district, on the doorstep of the stadium where the Socceroos play their 3 games.
The tour provides football fans 10 and 13 night options for the group stage of Qatar 2022. From our base you can easily attend matches and explore the city while staying with like-minded Australian fans in premium apartments booked exclusively by Fanatics.
Lock in your spot and get ready for a FIFA World Cup like no other!
10 Night TourCheck-In: Monday 21 November
Check-Out: Thursday 1 December
13 Night TourCheck-In: Sunday 20 November
Check-Out: Saturday 3 December
Australia's MatchesAustralia v France: Tue 22 Nov, Al Janoub Stadium
Australia v Tunisia: Sat 26 Nov, Al Janoub Stadium
Australia v Denmark: Wed 30 Nov, Al Janoub Stadium
Former Socceroo HostsStan Lazaridis & Alex Tobin return to host our Fanatics HQ Doha package!
Our tour hosts will lead our daily football forums, as we dissect each day’s matches and previous night’s results. They’ll be on hand to coach our Fanatics XI Friendlies as we take on supporters from other nations and we might even get them to pull on a jersey!
Fanatics HQ Tour AccommodationFanatics HQ Doha apartments are two and three bedroom apartments which can be booked as a private unit for your whole group or you can reserve a bed in one of our shared apartments and we’ll match you up with others on tour. Perfect for those travelling with a small group or solo.
Our apartments are based in Al Wakrah, a well-established district which provides fans a perfect mix of modern infrastructure and Qatar history.
These premium apartments are renovated for fans attending Qatar 2022 with new furniture and appliances. The accommodation is modern, clean & comfortable with each bedroom having its own bathroom and lockable bedroom door for those staying in a shared apartment. Apartments include TVs with cable sports channels, WiFi, living room, kitchen and are serviced by Accor accommodation services every three days. These premium apartments differ in quality to the basic apartments offered in our Budget tour.
In the booking process you can book a Twin room which includes two single beds or a Double room which includes one double bed. If you want to be in an apartment with friends simply book on & email us with the info.
LocationFanatics HQ is based in Al Wakrah. Our apartments are a 30-minute walk from Al Janoub stadium where the Socceroos play their 3 matches. Yep that close. There are a total of 6 matches during the group stage at this stadium so this accommodation puts you in the thick of the action. We are also a 15-minute walk from the beach & the incredible Al Wakra Souq traditional market. The surrounding area is well established with many restaurants & cafes - from traditional local fare to 24 hour McDonalds & an appearance from the Colonel. We are a few minutes away from Al Wakra's best sports bar which will be a welcome relief as all apartment blocks in Qatar are all alcohol free. To do in Al Wakrah:
- Football – walking distance to 6 matches during your stay
- Souq – seaside markets with cafes, restaurants, shops
- Beaches – a family beach directly in front of the Souq
- Five-a-Side – synthetic football pitches are on our doorstep
- Marina – seafood restaurants surround the marina lined with traditional fishing boats
- History – visit the Corniche, public garden & museums
- Shop – enjoy the Ezdan Mall for mod-cons & a range of local supermarkets for supplies
TransportTransport in Doha relies heavily on local buses and particularly the Metro network which is the city’s main system of transportation. Typically if you are having a night out on the town you would pick up an Uber which are frequent and inexpensive.
During the day and around match venues traffic can be at a standstill so for the non-Socceroo games we will be using the local metro service which is free and included as part of your match ticket. This will also provide easier transport and direct routes from the stadium you attended to the Live Site or the next stadium you are attending. The local organising committee have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the new Metro system and this will be your best way to get between stadiums.
Of course if you are attending the Socceroo matches then no travel is required as we will walk from our apartments which are even closer than the metro stop for the stadium.
Game DayTraditionally our pre-match functions include food, alcohol & entertainment as well as insights from our football panel. In Qatar the laws around alcohol consumption are strict which makes it difficult for pre-match functions to include lubrication. However each of the stadiums will have a pre-match set up on game days with bars serving alcohol, music & food. This will be for ticket holders of that specific match and will provide a fantastic atmosphere.
Unless the laws change & loosen, our game day festivities will include a morning football panel with our former Socceroos before heading into the stadium festival for a warm-up Budweiser or two. This plan needs to remain a little fluid as details are changing regularly but we do not believe it will be possible to organise a function on match day with alcohol at a venue outside a hotel, the live site or stadium festival. The restaurants nearby are not big enough for groups to hold these pre-match functions so we will be embracing the stadium festival in the hours leading up to the Socceroo matches.
Limited AvailabilityAccommodation in Qatar is extremely limited. We explored the idea of staying in another large city overseas and flying in for the games but this approach defeats the advantage of this FIFA World Cup which will be 'wall to wall' football.
We have met, sat and discussed accommodation options with the local organising committee for over 3 years. Quite simply the options are limited & while we are selling a small number of deluxe hotel rooms, if you are looking for an immersive Fanatics experience then Fanatics HQ is for you.
Importantly - we don’t have any other apartments booked, once we sell this one out we will not have any other options so get in quick as space is limited.
Hayya Card Fan IDEveryone attending Qatar 2022 will need to apply for Hayya Card which will act as your entry visa, Fan ID stadium access and offers free match day public transport.
We will be in contact will everyone booked on the tour to collect your passport and match ticket application details. Once this information is loaded into the accommodation agency’s system you will be able to complete your Hayya card application.
Match TicketsAustralia's three matches in the group stage of the World Cup will be against reigning champions France on 22 November, Tunisia on 26 November and Denmark on 30 November.
A repeat of the heroics of Germany 2006 will see us through to a Round of 16 match against an opponent from Group C (Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico or Poland) on 3 or 4 December.
Match tickets are now available from FIFA on a first-come-first-served basis. See HERE for details.
Any Questions?Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the tour.
HighlightsWhilst sightseeing opportunities won't be as plentiful as previous FIFA World Cups, the trade-off in Qatar will be attending more World Cup football matches than you could ever wish for. This will be incredible!
Ground ZeroOur accommodation is based south of Doha's old town where the Al Janoub stadium is situated. This is where the Socceroos play their three matches within walking distance of your apartment.
True DohaWhile the nights will differ to those spent in clubs in Russia or on the beaches in Durban, the area we are staying is well established with a host of restaurants, cafes and entertainment. While this tour will be football focused, the areas around Fanatics HQ offer a decent night out in relative terms.
FIFA Fan ZonesYour match tickets will also entitle you to entry to the FIFA Fan Zones where we will be gathering to watch the biggest matches each day. If you won’t be there in person the FIFA Fan Zones will be the next best place to be!
Doha SightseeingAway from the field we will have optional sightseeing tours available for you to purchase during the tour. These will be available across a number of days so depending on which matches you have tickets for you can mix your footballing extravaganza with some local middle eastern highlights.
Day tours will include a Doha city tour taking in the old town, souk market, West Bay and the modern Lusail district. The National Museum of Qatar and Museum of Islamic Art are highlights located on the waterfront and evening 4WD desert safaris including a traditional Bedouin BBQ dinner. Many of these tours you can organise yourself when you are there or book with one of our options closer to the event. We have not included these in the tour price as we have tried to provide as much flexibility to attend games as possible.
Five-a-SideAs at past tournaments we will also be running Five-a-Side games at the synthetic fields net to our apartments. Our tour hosts will be on hand to offer some coaching tips and possible even have a run themselves! We’ll announce details on what’s needed for anyone wanting to join a team closer to the tour, in the meantime get down to the local park for a couple of laps!
- 10 or 13 nights shared apartment accommodation
- Daily briefings from tour hosts Stan Lazaridis & Alex Tobin
- Stay in the thick of the action at our apartments in the Al Wakrah area
- Easy access to all stadiums
- Stay together with other Aussie fans
- Five-a-Side football on the synthetic fields beside our apartments
- Catch the matches you won’t be at in person for at the FIFA Fan Zones
- Doha sightseeing tours available to purchase closer to the tournament
ItineraryOur 13 night package begins on Sunday 20 November and our 10 night package on Monday 21 November. Extra nights either side of these dates will be available if needed, contact our office for details.
Sunday 20 November - Welcome to Qatar!
Our 13 night package begins today, check-in is available from 3pm, if you are arriving earlier and would like to check into your room early you will need to add an extra night at the start of your booking.
We will have orientation walks running in the morning before the apartment check-in is available.
Tonight the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 gets underway with Qatar v Ecuador at 7pm and we'll be at our local sports bar to catch the opening match action!
Monday 21 November - Qatar 2022 Kick-Off!
Our 10 night package begins today.
Again our orientation walks will run you through the local highlights before the apartments are available for check-in.
The World Cup proper gets underway this afternoon with England taking on Iran at 4pm before Senegal v Netherlands and USA v Wales.
Tuesday 22 November - Australia v France!
This is it - the Socceroos kick off their World Cup campaign!
This morning our tour hosts will be on hand to run through their expectations for the Aussies and take on some audience questions.
Today’s earlier matches are Argentina v Saudi Arabia, Denmark v Tunisia and Mexico v Poland.
We then make our way to Al Janoub Stadium for Australia’s World Cup opener tonight!
Match: Australia v France
Kick off: 10pm
Venue: Al Janoub Stadium
Wednesday 23 November - Football Action & Optional Day Tours
Away from the field we will have optional sightseeing tours available for you to purchase during the tour. These will be available across a number of days so depending on which matches you have tickets for you can mix your footballing extravaganza with some local middle eastern highlights.
Day tours will include a Doha city tour taking in the old town, souq market, West Bay and the modern Lusail district. The National Museum of Qatar and Museum of Islamic Art are highlights located on the waterfront and there are 4WD desert safaris options available.
We will head into Doha old town's incredible Souq Waqif for some lunch while watching Morocco taking on Croatia. Then we'll explore the pick of the hotel bars for today's other matches - Germany v Japan, Spain v Costa Rica and Belgium v Canada.
Thursday 24 November - Fanatics Five-a-Side
Next to our apartments are the synthetic football pitches where we will be running our five-a-side games for those with a bit of energy. We’ll announce details on what’s needed for anyone wanting to join a team closer to the tour, in the meantime get down to the local park for a couple of laps!
Today’s World Cup action consists of Switzerland v Cameroon, Uruguay v Korea, Portugal v Ghana and Brazil v Serbia.
Friday 25 November - Football Action & Optional Day Tours
Optional sightseeing excursions will be available on a number of selected days to fit in around the matches you have tickets for.
The second round of group matches gets underway today with Wales v Iran, Qatar v Senegal, Netherlands v Ecuador and England v USA. If you don't have tickets for these join us at the FIFA Live Site in Doha's Al Bidda park.
Saturday 26 November - Australia v Tunisia
Today is the Socceroos’ second group match against Tunisia. We'll start with our morning hosts briefing before heading across to Al Janoub Stadium.
Match: Australia v Tunisia
Kick off: 1pm
Venue: Al Janoub Stadium
Tonight we celebrate a Socceroos win at our local sports bar as Poland play Saudi Arabia, France take on Denmark and Argentina face Mexico.
Sunday 27 November - Football Action & Day Tour Options
Our day tour options will be available again today.
Then join us at the FIFA Live Site for today’s matches: Japan v Costa Rica, Belgium v Morocco, Croatia v Canada and Spain v Germany.
Monday 28 November - Fanatics Five-a-Side
Our tour host will be on deck this morning to run through last night’s matches including the massive Spain v Germany clash and look ahead to today’s games.
Then we have the next round of our Fanatics five-a-side before Cameroon take Serbia at Al Janoub staium.
We will then head back to our sports bar for Korea v Ghana, Brazil v Switzerland and Portugal v Uruguay.
Tuesday 29 November - Optional Day Tours & FIFA Fan Zone
Today we have a final chance to join our city tours before tonight’s massive matches deciding groups A and B. If you’re not lucky enough to have match tickets we’ll see you at the Fan Zone!
Group A: Netherlands v Qatar and Ecuador v Senegal at 6pm, Group B: Iran v USA and England v Wales at 10pm.
Wednesday 30 November - Australia v Denmark
Today the Socceroos take on Denmark in what’s likely to be a do-or-die encounter!
Match: Australia v Denmark
Kick off: 6pm
Venue: Al Janoub Stadium
We will then be back celebrating a (hopefully!) successful Socceroos campaign while Group C finishes with Poland v Argentina and Saudi Arabia v Mexico.
Thursday 1 December - 10 Night Package Ends
Our 10 night package concludes today.
Tonight’s matches are Croatia v Belgium and Canada v Morocco at 6pm and Japan v Spain and Costa Rica v Germany at 10pm.
Friday 2 December - Final Pool Stage Matches
The group stage of Qatar 2022 concludes today with Ghana v Uruguay and Korea v Portugal at 6pm and Serbia v Switzerland and Cameroon v Brazil at 10pm.
Saturday 3 December - 13 Night Package Ends
Our 13 night package concludes today.