— Published 26 August 2022

Saudi Arabia goes the extra mile


Predictable. Qatar’s neighbour Saudi Arabia has announced its decision to grant multiple-entry visas to fans during the 2022 World Cup. This exceptional measure will take effect 10 days before the start of the tournament. It will last for 60 days. “Visa holders will be allowed to enter and leave the Kingdom several times during the validity of their visa,” explained the Saudi Foreign Ministry. Saudi Arabia’s aim is to attract as many foreign supporters as possible who would choose to stay in the country rather than in Doha, where hotels are few and far between. With a significantly increased frequency of daily shuttle flights between the two countries, Saudi Arabia hopes to welcome 1.2 million visitors for the World Cup. The Qatari organisers also said this week that they were looking into the possibility of setting up a bus system between Saudi Arabia and Qatar to transport fans to the World Cup stadiums.