Everything you need to know about attending the 2022 Qatar Grand Prix

MotoGP’s 2022 season begins at Losail International Circuit. Here’s everything you need to know about attending the 2022 Qatar Grand Prix on March 4-6.

The 2022 MotoGP season is about to roar into action with the Qatar Grand Prix. MotoGP has been visiting Qatar since 2004 and this year’s Qatar Grand Prix will be the series’ 20th race at Losail International Circuit. The venue hosted two races in last year’s coronavirus-impacted calendar. No rider has more wins at this track than Jorge Lorenzo, who has taken six victories. Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi have more premier class wins than anyone else here, with four wins each.

When is the 2022 Qatar Grand Prix?

The 2022 Qatar Grand Prix will be the opening round of the MotoGP season, taking place on March 4-6. The full on-track schedule can be found below.

Where will the 2022 Qatar Grand Prix take place?

The 2022 Qatar Grand Prix will take place at Losail International Circuit, located in the north of capital city Doha.

Where should I stay for the Qatar Grand Prix?

With Losail International Circuit located north of Doha, the circuit is easy to reach via the motorway, so anywhere within the city of Doha would be a suitable base for your trip. We recommend staying on the north side of Qatar’s capital over the Qatar Grand Prix weekend. 

The city’s most luxurious hotels can be found on The Pearl, a man-made island and one of the largest real estate developments in the Middle East. The West Bay area has a wide selection of hotels and is a good hub for tourist activities. Stay on the Corniche for the best seaside views. 

How to get to Losail International Circuit

The most convenient way to get to Losail International Circuit is to take a taxi or Uber. A ride from downtown Doha to the circuit should cost around 40-50 QAR. The circuit recommends the services of Karwa Taxis.

The venue is also accessible by public transport. Use the Metro to get to Lusail Metro Station. From there, regular shuttle services to the circuit will be in action over the race weekend.  

Are tickets still available for the 2022 Qatar Grand Prix?

Tickets are still available for the 2022 Qatar Grand Prix. Tickets are available in the General Grandstand and the Lusail Club Grandstand, with VIP packages available at the LCSC VIP Village and the Lusail VIP Club.

3-day tickets for the General Grandstand are priced at 700 QAR, with individual daily tickets also available. VIP tickets include access to paddock tours, pit lane walks and gourmet cuisine.

Coronavirus entry protocols at the 2022 Qatar Grand Prix

To enter the venue, you will be required to show your green Ehteraz pass. Further information on entry requirements into the country of Qatar can be found below. You should wear a face covering while at the circuit.

Trackside at the 2022 Qatar Grand Prix

There’ll be a family-friendly atmosphere at this year’s Qatar Grand Prix, especially on Friday. On the first day of the race weekend, children under the age of 12 will be invited to partake in a range of activities for free.

The circuit will have two fan zones over the race weekend. They are located at the General Grandstand and the Lusail Club Fan Zone. There will be a Riders Meet & Greet session at the General Grandstand Fan Zone open to all spectators, while Saudi Arabian singer Bader Al-Shuaibi will perform in a post-race concert on Sunday.

The full on-track timetable for the 2022 Qatar Grand Prix can be found below:

Friday March 4

  • 11:50-12:30 – Moto3 Free Practice
  • 12:45-13:25 – Moto2 Free Practice
  • 13:40-14:25 – MotoGP Free Practice 1
  • 16:10-16:50 – Moto3 Free Practice
  • 17:05-17:45 – Moto2 Free Practice
  • 18:00-18:45 – MotoGP Free Practice 2

Saturday March 5

  • 11:25-12:05 – Moto3 Free Practice
  • 12:20-13:00 – Moto2 Free Practice
  • 13:15-14:00 – MotoGP Free Practice
  • 15:30-16:10 – Moto3 Qualifying
  • 16:25-17:05 – Moto 2 Qualifying
  • 17:20-17:50 – MotoGP Free Practice
  • 18:00-18:40 – MotoGP Qualifying

Sunday March 6

  • 13:00-13:10 – Moto3 Warm Up
  • 13:20-13:30 – Moto2 Warm Up
  • 13:40-14:00 – MotoGP Warm Up
  • 15:00 – Moto3 race (18 Laps)
  • 16:20 – Moto2 race (20 Laps)
  • 18:00 – MotoGP race (22 Laps)

Last time out at the Qatar Grand Prix

In 2021, Qatar hosted the first two rounds of the season. Maverick Viñales was victorious in the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix, while Fabio Quartararo took the first victory of his title-winning 2021 season at the Doha Grand Prix, which was held one week later.

Read more: Qatar Grand Prix in Numbers

What can I do away from the circuit at the Qatar Grand Prix?

As Qatar’s largest and most populated city, there’s plenty to see and do away from the circuit during your trip to Doha. Cultural highlights include the National Museum of Qatar and the Museum of Islamic Art. Check out the indoor marketplace at Souq Waqif, which sells traditional clothing, souvenirs and homemade crafts. Soak up the panoramic coastline views of the vibrant city from the Doha Corniche. 

Need to know: Qatar travel

What are the coronavirus rules and restrictions in Qatar?

There is no obligation to quarantine upon your arrival to Qatar. You must register via the pre-travel registration system before entering Qatar. Some travellers will be required to supply a negative PCR test result upon their arrival. The test must be taken no more than 48 hours before your time of departure and must be carried out at a medical centre authorised by your local health authorities. Further information can be found here.

Do I need a visa to visit Qatar?

Citizens of over 95 countries are eligible for visa-free entry to Qatar. Check if you require a visa to enter the country on the Visit Qatar website. Allowable lengths of stay vary by country.

Where is the nearest airport to Losail International Circuit?

Doha International Airport (DIA), also known as Hamad International Airport, is the closest airport to Losail International Circuit. It’s around 40km south of the track.

What number should be called in an emergency in Qatar?

Call 999 in case of an emergency during your visit to Qatar.

What time zone is used in Qatar?

Qatar operates on Arabian Standard Time, which is GMT +3 hours.

What type of electrical plugs are used in Qatar?

In Qatar, plugs and sockets are of type D and G. The standard voltage is 240 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. These are the same types of plug as used in the UK. Non-British travellers will require an adaptor for their appliances.

Is the tap water safe to drink in Qatar?

Tap water is safe to drink in Qatar according to the WHO. However, the CDC says it is not. Exercise caution if consuming tap water – or better still, stick to bottled water.

What currency is used in Qatar?

The Qatari Riyal (QAR) is the official currency in Qatar. It is divided into 100 dirhams. 1 Qatari Riyal is the equivalent of £0.20 GBP, €0.24 EURO or $0.27 USD. Find the exchange rate for your currency on xe.com.

Which side of the road is driven on in Qatar?

You drive on the right hand side of the road in Qatar. Most visitors are allowed to drive for seven days from their arrival to the country on their national driving license – though getting accustomed to driving in the country may take a while. Fuel is relatively cheap in the area.

What can I expect the weather to be like for the Qatar Grand Prix?

Qatar has a hot desert climate – but with the race being held at night in March, you’re unlikely to suffer from the heat during your trip to the Qatar Grand Prix. Temperatures are likely to remain below 30°C (86°F) during your visit. The daily average temperature in Qatar in March is 22°C (72°F). On average, there’s just two days worth of rain in Qatar during the month of March.

Which languages are spoken in Qatar?

Arabic is the official language of Qatar and most of the population speak a dialect of Gulf Arabic. English is widely spoken and is taught to children from an early age in local schools. The language barrier is unlikely to be a problem during your trip.

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