, 2022-11-24 00:29:36,
A yacht that can be rented to watch the World Cup while sailing around Dubai is docked in Dubai harbor on November 1, 2022, ahead of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup football tournament. Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Qatar isn’t the only country getting a massive boom in tourism thanks to its hosting of the 2022 World Cup.
The neighboring United Arab Emirates is set to benefit from the wave too, with its glitzy commercial capital of Dubai set to see an estimated 1 million additional visitors during the course of the soccer tournament, according to the Dubai Sports Council.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, in August called Dubai “the major gateway” to the World Cup and predicted it would see more tourists than Qatar itself.
And the city is pulling out all the stops, leveraging its reputation as a hyper-modern city more liberal and built-out than Qatar and advertising the extravagant tourist attractions it’s developed a reputation for.
Dubai is known for over-the-top and outlandish experiences — like its indoor ski slope complex in the desert, the world’s deepest man-made plunge pool, the world’s tallest building and largest Ferris wheel. It’s now added specific World Cup-themed experiences, simultaneously taking advantage of the fact that Qatar, a tiny country of 3 million people, is struggling to accommodate all its expected tourists and many of them…
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