2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar: What Can Expats Expect? (Part 2)
Taking place between 21 November and 18 December 2022, the upcoming FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar is set to be like no other. In our second blog in this series, we explore schooling and transportation challenges for those living in the area.
Schools in Qatar will close for the duration of the international football tournament, with the government announcing public school holidays will begin on 20 November and end on 22 December (10 days before the World Cup officially starts and four days after it concludes). The second semester is then due to begin on 25 December 2022.
The decision to change school holiday dates was made to alleviate expected traffic congestion during the tournament, as well as allowing locals and expatriates to attend football matches without impacting school attendance.
It’s not yet clear how this will affect private or international schools who usually take a winter-break during the last two weeks of December to coincide with Christmas and the New Year, however it is expected that they too will have to adjust their calendars to ensure pupils are off during the World Cup. Assignees should also be mindful that these changes will impact term times for the rest of the academic year into 2023. For more information, you can also visit the Qatar Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s official website or contact specific private or international schools.
How Can Companies Support Impacted Assignees?
It is recommended that assignees due to relocate with children this year, complete immigration procedures as soon as possible so that they can enrol children in schools at the earliest opportunity. Organizations should also look to complete and provide the necessary documentation for sponsored moves earlier than usual.
During the tournament, in addition to the matches themselves, there will be official events taking place across the country to celebrate and promote the World Cup. Assignees should take note of when and where matches and other events are taking place as public transport and roads will be heavily congested. Extra time will also be needed when booking taxis or taking public transport.
The increase in expatriates and visitors to the country has also led to delays in obtaining driving licenses, so additional time should be built in when making an application.
Following are our top tips for getting around Qatar during the FIFA World Cup:
- Plan your transportation and travel routes during the event
- Build in more time for commutes and other journeys
- Work from home where possible
- Research where the stadiums are and plan alternative routes (see Cartus' 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar blog series (Part 1) for more information on impacted areas)
- Use public transport instead of a private vehicle, as roads will be heavily congested. Check out these useful links for more on Qatari public transport: Metro, Tram, Buses, Taxis/Uber/Careem
Don’t Miss Out!
Look out for our final post as part of our 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar series, focusing on security issues, and if you missed it, read our first post, “2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar: What Can Expats Expect? (Part 1)” here.
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