The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) on Wednesday announced the launch of Hayya Card programme and the accommodation booking website for fans attending the FIFA World Cup, which will take place from November 21 to December 18.
After purchasing FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tickets, fans should apply for a Hayya Card, which will be mandatory to attend matches.
The Hayya Card will provide a number of benefits, including free public transport for ticket holders on match days. It will also act as an entry permit to Qatar for international visitors.
Match ticket holders can apply for a Hayya Card via Qatar2022.qa and the Hayya to Qatar 2022 mobile application on iOS and Android.
Fans from outside Qatar can now book accommodation via the dedicated “Host Country Accommodation Portal” which will offer various options throughout the year such as apartments, villas and cruise ship cabins. Fans can also book accommodation through traditional means, such as hotel and holiday accommodation websites.
Fans should note that COVID-19 requirements will be dependent on the latest guidelines from Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health and will be announced in due course.
Qatar is preparing to host the most compact version of the FIFA World Cup in modern history. All the stadiums are within close proximity of central Doha helping to cut travel costs for fans while significantly reducing the events carbon footprint.
Executive Director of Hayya Platform at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy Saeed Al Kuwari said the platform is part of the host country’s efforts that aim to improve the fans’ experience during the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
He explained that Hayya Card is the gateway for all fans from inside and outside the country to enter the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadiums, and it contains many benefits, the most important of which is the provision of free transportation in public transport (Doha Metro), in addition to other benefits that will be added to it in the future.
Al Kuwari said that the application mechanism for obtaining the Hayya Card is very smooth and easy. He said that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is the umbrella that contains all the necessary procedures that the public should follow to attend the World Cup, such as purchasing tickets, booking accommodations, and applying for the Hayya Card through the platform.
He added that there are two parts for applying for the card.
The first part relates to the people from outside the country who have international documents. These people have to follow the correct procedures, such as buying tickets and verifying them, reserving the place of accommodation and verifying it, then applying for the card. The second part relates to the masses inside the country who are holders of ID cards. They have to take two steps, the first is to buy the ticket and then apply for the Hayya Card. After approval, the digital copy should be downloaded through smart programs and the Hayya program. He reaffirmed that the ticket is mandatory before obtaining the Card.
Concerning the fans of neighbouring countries who wish to come and return on the same day, Al Kuwari said that they have the option of staying for one day, and this option will be available through the platform. As for the service centres to print the Hayya Card, they will be launched and announced soon.
Al Kuwari pointed to many benefits that characterise the Hayya Card in comparison to the cards of previous sporting events, as it was developed with several options, especially regarding the registration process, and everyone will notice the difference in the method of registration, as it became easy and simple.
He added that the current advantages allow the fans to gain access to tourist places, transportation and entry to stadiums, and include many other advantages.