Qatar Tourism reports new visitor records

Qatar Tourism reports new visitor records

Saudi Arabia is Qatar's biggest source market

Qatar welcomed 151,000 international arrivals in July 2022, marking the highest recorded number of visitors in the summer month since 2017.

GCC markets contributed 62% to the total number of arrivals in July, with visitors from Saudi Arabia taking the leading (43%), followed by India (7%), Oman (6%), Kuwait (4%), Bahrain (5%), UAE (4%), USA (3%), and the UK (3%). 

The tourism performance figures also pointed to the growing popularity of arrivals by land, with 55% of all visitors choosing to visit Qatar by crossing the Abu Samra border with Saudi Arabia. 

The border was recently expanded to accommodate the crossing of 24,800 cars a day, helping to further ease Qatar’s accessibility by land. Arrivals by air stood at 45%, while 1% of visitors arrived by sea.

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Held in time for Eid Al Adha, Qatar hosted several family-friendly shows and activations, including the Summer Festival at Doha Festival City and the African Circus at the Mall of Qatar. 

As part of its Summer in Qatar campaign, Qatar Tourism, Qatar Airways and Ooredoo, presented three family-friendly live shows at the Lusail's multi-purpose hall, including Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin and the Magic Lamp and The Smurfs.

As the country prepares to welcome 1.2 million visitors for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in November and December, Qatar Tourism launched a new David Beckham-fronted stopover campaign aimed at highlighting the country’s diverse offerings.


Making it easier for visitors to enter the country, Qatar has now removed its ‘red list’of countries and mask-wearing mandate. Those visiting the country only need to present a negative PCR test result, valid for 48 hours, or a negative rapid antigen test result, valid for 24 hours, without the need to quarantine.

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