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Only air passengers with match tickets for the World Cup can leave Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Only air passengers with match tickets for the World Cup can leave Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Only air passengers with match tickets for the World Cup can leave Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Airline passengers with long connection times between flights at Doha’s main airport have been encouraged to visit Qatar during their stopover, part of the country’s longstanding drive for more tourism.

But while the country hosts the World Cup 2022, passengers have no access beyond the transit area, even for a few hours. They are not allowed to visit the capital and its tourist attractions, and soak up the World Cup 2022 atmosphere.


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