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Fifa World Cup: Abu Dhabi hotels anticipate increased bookings

Hoteliers in Abu Dhabi are anticipating a surge in last-minute bookings ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The tournament is projected to draw at least 1.2 million visitors, and neighboring cities in the region are experiencing a surge in hotel bookings from the thousands of supporters who will travel in and out of Doha through shuttle flights.

According to hotel experts in the city, the month-long tournament would boost revenue during the industry’s usually busiest time of year.

“We expect a surge in last-minute bookings as kick-off draws near,” said Simon Leigh, managing director of Premier Inn Mena, which has two hotels in the city ― Premier Inn Capital Centre and Premier Inn Abu Dhabi Airport.

“We’re gearing up for one of the busiest periods in our Middle East history,” Leigh added.
The event begins on November 20 and concludes on December 18.

In the run-up to the finals, most accommodation in Qatar has already been booked, prompting many fans to look to neighboring countries for alternatives. BKM/ Expat Media

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