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Banana Island: WC Qatar’s VIP destination

10 Jul 2022 | 08:07 | Football

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David Beckham will be the face of the multi-million pound Qatar 2022 tourism driver…. with a trip to the five-star resort ‘Banana Island’.

The spectacular spa and sanctuary includes magnificent ‘floating rooms’ on stilts over the sea. They come with private infinity pool and villa owners to prepare food and cater to your every need.

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And the star nicknamed Goldenballs will be able to relax on the ‘paradise island’, which gets its name because it bends like one of his famous free kicks.

The Mirror has been offered a VIP guided tour of Banana Island, which will see celebrities, footballers – and their wives – bend it like Beckham at the first World Cup in the Arab world. It offers £3,500-a-night floating rooms, picturesque beaches, stunning sunsets and even a ‘Spice Spoons’ cooking class – (in case Posh comes too).

Beckham, 47, who paid £150m to promote Qatar, will also be seen riding his motorbike through the capital Doha.

The campaign will not only promote the World Cup – with tickets going on sale to millions of fans on Tuesday.

It will encourage travelers who pass through Qatar on their way to worldwide destinations every year for a ‘stopover’ holiday.

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Berthold Trenkel, executive director of Qatar Tourism, said: “David Beckham is a great story, he’s such a great guy and he’s such a celebrity.

“He’s popular in the US, he’s of course popular in the UK and the rest of Europe.

He added: “About 96% of air traffic into Qatar goes through. So how do we get more people out to enjoy a few nights here?”

Beckham can provide the answer.

He was filmed meeting ‘Qatar from all walks of life’. And his 36-minute film will be watched by millions of loyal fans on Qatar Airlines.

Berthold added: “The World Cup will attract people who have never been to Qatar.

“We want to re-establish misconceptions, that it’s not safe or it’s not fun. We know people will walk away thinking ‘wow, this is really different’.”

“Ordinary people don’t have a camel. They live in a nice apartment, in the winter you don’t need air conditioning, the temperature is 65C.

“The players won’t sweat because of the heat, but because they’re running around.”

Berthold asserts that many of the concerns of LGBT fans are unfounded.

“If you go to Rome and visit the Vatican, you will adjust your behavior accordingly,” he said.

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“When you travel, you want to experience new things. This is an opportunity to enjoy what the Middle East has to offer – in Qatar you still see the Arab world, experience the culture.”

“We’ll see the coaches and their wives, we’ll have lots of VIPs and celebrities, they love the overwater villas that are popular in the Maldives.”

All visitors, stars and casual fans, will have to have a ticket to watch the World Cup, as it will act as your visa.

Therefore, there will be no room for the hundreds of thousands of ticketless fans who have traveled to tournaments in the past.

There will be a huge demand for accommodation in the Arab state, the size of Yorkshire.

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