With six months to go until the opening of the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East. The list of countries participating in the competition is almost complete. In the first round, Iran will face the United States and England in Group B. For Iran, which has already played at the World Cup five times before, it is more than a sporting event. Which is also an economic opportunity. Qatar World Cup fans can buy Iran Football World Cup Tickets from our website.

Competing with the Olympics for the title of the world’s largest sporting event, the World Cup will be held from November 21 to December 18 in eight stadiums in Qatar. Most of which are newly built and clustered in and around the capital Doha.

Iran Qatar World Cup hopes some of these fans will use the nearby Iranian island as a base
Iran hopes some of these fans will use the nearby Iranian island as a base

About 1.5 million people are expected to come to the tiny Gulf country. Iran hopes some of these fans will use the nearby Iranian island. As a base or increase their feeder trips to Iran while in the region.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has set up a group to monitor cooperation. Between government agencies to try to make the most of the opportunity, saying. “Iran is ready to provide Qatar with all the help and assistance it needs.”

Iranian Roads Minister Rostam Ghasemi

Iranian Roads Minister Rostam Ghasemi spoke about the thousands of tourists who come to Iran. “We are now arrangement to create conditions for foreign fans and tourists to travel to Iran to visit our country’s attractions in their spare time,” he said in April.

A passenger ship has been purchased from France to carry up to 1,700 passengers simultaneously between Qatar and Iran. A tourism ministry official predicted. “There is no doubt that the number of tourists from Qatar will increase due to the use of the ship.”

One of the closest Iranian ports. Bushehr (also close to the disputed nuclear power plant) has improved its services in hopes of increasing traffic.

Another area hoping to attract more tourists is Kish Island. Just a 40-minute flight from Qatar, or a 6-hour boat ride.

Another area hoping to attract more tourists is Kish Island Iran Qatar World Cup
Another area hoping to attract more tourists is Kish Island

Iran has also talked about offering free visas on arrival to anyone traveling to Qatar to watch the World Cup and take part in a tour of the Islamic Republic in the meantime. FIFA World Cup fans can buy England Vs Iran Tickets from our website.

Diplomatic Doha

Wealthy Qatar needs little outside help. But still cautiously expresses its gratitude for the help of Iran, with whom it has relatively good relations.

Qatari ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani visited Tehran on May 12 to deliberate. A possible restart of the 2015 nuclear deal. But Iranian media reported that he also told Iran’s first vice president Mohammad Mokhber. That Doha welcomed Tehran’s proposed cooperation at the World Cup.

Iranian media reported that a deal was pending to return $7 billion in funds currently frozen in overseas banks to Tehran.

The funds are tied up by US sanctions against Iran. It was not clear whether the thawed funds could be a sign of progress in the long-running talks in Vienna to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Qatari Transport and Communications Minister

Qatar said it had enough accommodation to accommodate all visiting fans. But it provided some encouragement to Iran’s hopes of exploiting the event’s potential. “An important issue for Iran-Qatar cooperation is the issue of the World Cup,” said Qatari Transport and Communications Minister Jassim bin Saif Al-Sulaiti, who visited Kish Island in April.

Doha welcomed Tehran's proposed cooperation at the World Cup
Doha welcomed Tehran’s proposed cooperation at the World Cup

However, it is questionable to what extent Iran will benefit from the competition. Given its bad reputation in many of the countries that will compete. For many, the country is perceived as authoritarian and repressive, and it regularly makes headlines for holding foreigners hostage. The fact that alcohol is largely illegal will not be welcomed by many football fans either.

Authorities in Tehran reacted badly to a recent Times of London article drawing attention to incidents. Such as pepper spray by female fans trying to attend a football game.

As a result, other nearby countries as holiday destinations may have more success in attracting fans to visit. As the world football association FIFA itself has suggested.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino recently told Reuters: “Anyone who wants to stay in Qatar has accommodation. But maybe someone wants to stay in Dubai, Abu Dubai, Muscat. Riyadh or spend a day in Jeddah or anywhere in the region.”

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