CNN: 1,000 desert tents and 3,898 cabins for World Cup guests

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CNN: 1,000 desert tents and 3,898 cabins for World Cup guests

12 September 2022, 07:00

Qatar World Cup 2022

Ben Ali’s emotions

The American network CNN highlighted the options that Qatar offers to fans from around the world in the 2022 World Cup. The report said that Doha is expected to host a large group of guests this winter in one of the biggest sporting events in the world. . He emphasized that more than one million fans are expected to travel to Doha during the World Cup period. The report said that accommodation at such events is a big challenge and the previous tournament host faced many logistical problems in dealing with the large number of traveling supporters ranging from transportation to accommodation because the challenges are also many. Reports suggest that hotel prices rose in Berlin and Frankfurt in 2006 when Germany hosted the tournament. Before the 2010 edition, South Africa experienced a rise in hotel prices during the World Cup.

In this regard, a spokesperson for Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy told CNN: “It has always been our goal to offer thoughtful and reasonable fares to our visiting audiences.” He added: “We work closely with key stakeholders to ensure fair prices. for all types of accommodation.”

Host countries have often found innovative ways to accommodate fans, and Qatar is no different.At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, residents living in the famous favela slums opened their doors to tourists and rented out beds, rooms and even entire houses. . Some travelers have gotten creative and choose to stay in many areas.

Innovative hospitality ideas

Qatar offers innovative ideas to host a million football fans in the style of luxury cruise ships. Two luxury cruise ships will dock in Doha Harbor for the duration of the World Cup. These ships have nine swimming pools, 3,898 cabins, 45 bars and 10 fine dining options. Other facilities include a spa, tennis courts and the world’s largest dry slide in the sea.

The ships are a 10-minute bus ride from central Doha, but staying in one of the spacious cabins won’t come cheap. This should range from $605 to $2,779 per night – although this is an acceptable price with some of the other options available to ticket holders, as it includes a breakfast buffet.

Qatar Housing Agency aims to provide 100,000-130,000 rooms for all nights of the 28-day tournament.

There are also options available for ticket holders such as apartments and one- to six-bedroom villas, with prices ranging from $84 to $875 per night. Most are easily accessible by public transport and the villas are fully equipped with kitchens, washing machines, swimming pools and gyms. Other accommodation provided by the accommodation agency will be rented, on a first-come, first-served basis, through a phased release in accordance with the FIFA ticket phases or in packages they provide Qatar Airways.

On top of the official residence, it will offer a booking platform similar to Airbnb for residents to rent out their homes to travel enthusiasts. By applying for a license with the Qatar Tourism Authority, residents or building owners can also list their apartments on other portals, such as Airbnb.

The towns of the masses

Ticket holders can rent accommodation in fan villages; They are “informal camping and cabin style accommodation”. At $207 a night, it is spread across the outskirts of Doha, 25 miles from the airport. There will be a number of dining and entertainment options available on site.

Arabian desert camping

The camping option is not yet available on the official residence website, but Omar Al-Jaber, Executive Director of the Housing Department at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, said he plans to pitch 1,000 “Bedouin-style” tents in the desert direct. during the tournament. Al-Jaber told Reuters around 200 would cost “expensive” fees, providing an “authentic” experience for fans.

Qatar Airways also announced in May that it had partnered with regional airlines to launch an additional 160 daily return flights at “competitive prices” that will transport fans from Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait, Muscat and Riyadh. There will be no baggage check facilities to speed up transfers and dedicated shuttle services will be provided to take fans from the airport to the stadiums. It will also be possible to drive from cities such as Riyadh, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, all of which are less than seven hours away.

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