1105 GMT June 30, 2022
Iran is gearing up to host foreign visitors and fans attending the 2022 Qatar World Cup, Iranian First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber said on Tuesday.
Mokhber said the football event, due to be held from 21 November to 18 December in Qatar, is an opportunity for Iran’s private sector and the tourism industry to grasp.
“Foreign tourists and football spectators visiting Iran’s historical attractions during the World Cup can provide revenue generation and investment opportunities,” he told a forum in Tehran.
Mokhber also instructed Iran’s Supreme Council of Free Trade-Industrial Zones to quickly resolve the infrastructure and accommodation issues of the Iranian islands, including Kish, in the Persian Gulf to host foreign tourists during the World Cup.
He further noted that Tehran-Doha joint cooperation during the major tournament is “a good opportunity to strengthen long-term relations between the two countries in various fields”.
Iran and Qatar on Monday signed three major deals on civil aviation.
Akbar Razavi, a spokesman of the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization, said the deals included agreements to increase the number of flights between Iran and Qatar during the World Cup.
The two other deals will cover issues on aviation control and search and rescue services, said Razavi.
The deals came on the second day of a two-day conference in Kish between Iranian road and transportation minister Rostam Qassemi and his Qatari counterpart Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti and their accompanying delegations.
Iran has vowed it will provide full logistics support to Qatar during the World Cup including by providing accommodation and aviation services to help the Arab country better organize the tournament.
Iran also wants to use the event as a major opportunity to boost a domestic tourism sector hit by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic over the past two years.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry said earlier last week that it planned to offer free of charge visas to foreign nationals visiting Qatar for the World Cup.