Qatar’s capital Doha has been declared as the Arab Tourism Capital for 2023.

The announcement was made by the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism at its 25th session that was held at the Arab League General Secretariat Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

The potential cities were evaluated based on a range of criteria that involved tourism management, infrastructure and resources, safety and security, diversity of tourism activations and preservation and protection of the environment.

The 25th session was chaired by Jordanian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Nayef Fayez, amongst other prominent Arab leaders.

Commenting on the momentous win, HE Akbar Al Baker, Chairman of Qatar Tourism and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, said: “This is recognition that Doha is a truly remarkable city offering a spectacular tourism experience for all international travellers.

“The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has allowed many to directly experience Qatar’s warm hospitality and authentic culture and heritage. There is more in store, as we look ahead to an exciting calendar of events in 2023 and further attractions and leisure destinations opening across the country in the new year.”

In the lead up to the global sporting event, Qatar experienced a swift expansion of its tourism landscape, with the recent opening of West Bay Beach, Al Maha Island and Lusail Boulevard marking a few of the latest attractions in the country.

By 2030, Qatar Tourism’s strategy aims to attract six million visitors a year, focusing on 15 priority markets and identifying distinct opportunities from point to point and stopover travel. ✤