Doha was officially recognised as the Arab Tourism Capital 2023 by the Arab Tourism Organization for Tourism during a commemoration ceremony at Katara Cultural Village attended by ministers, ambassadors and prominent leaders from Arab nations. 

Held under the patronage of Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani the event took place on Arab Tourism Day on 25 February. Visit Qatar brand ambassadors Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mutaz Barsham were also there to join the commemoration.

In addition to an official key handover ceremony which saw Doha crowned the Arab Tourism Capital for 2023, the event also featured spectacular performances by Dana Alfardan and Arda, and a fireworks show.

Qatar Tourism Chairman and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, said it is an honour to see Doha named as Arab Tourism Capital 2023 by the Arab Tourism Organization. One of the industry’s most prestigious accolades, he said that the Arab Tourism Capital award is a testament to Doha’s exceptional achievements in leisure and hospitality.

I am proud of our city’s tireless efforts that have culminated in this honourable recognition and look forward to further cementing Doha’s position as one of the world’s most sought-after leisure destinations.

The Arab Arab Tourism Organization declared Doha as the Arab Tourism Capital for 2023, in its 25th session at the Arab League General Secretariat Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. The session was chaired by Jordanian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nayef Fayez, amongst other prominent Arab leaders.

Cities were evaluated based on a selection of criteria that includes tourism management, infrastructure and resources, safety and security, diversity of tourism activations, and preservation and protection of the environment.

By continuing to host internationally renowned events, investing in hospitality offerings and expanding into more specialised areas of tourism, Qatar is in a perfect position to meet its goal of welcoming six million visitors a year by 2030.

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