Qatar may house World Cup fans in Bedouin-style tents
March 21 2016 08:06 PM
Bedouin-style tent. (Photo for illustrative purpose only)
Bedouin-style tent. (Photo for illustrative purpose only)

Reuters/Doha

Qatar may house thousands of football fans in Bedouin-style tents in desert areas close to stadiums during the 2022 World Cup.

Most of the expected 500,000 fans are expected to stay in hotels and apartments.

Organisers are holding up the tent idea as a creative and culturally authentic way for Qatar to meet FIFA requirements.

“At the heart of this World Cup is a commitment to showcase the hospitality and friendship of the Middle East. As a result, we are actively researching the concept of supporters sleeping under the stars,” a spokesperson for Qatar’s World Cup Supreme Committee (SC) told Reuters without giving further details.

Since winning its bid, Qatar has spent tens of billions of dollars on upgrading infrastructure and has built scores of hotels and apartment complexes.

A Supreme Committee spokesperson said Qatar was on track to deliver the minimum number of hotel rooms required by FIFA.

Desert camping, a popular winter activity popular for Qataris, who are known for assembling luxurious sites among the sand dunes, could also help allay concerns about thin occupancy after the event, analysts say.

The Supreme Committee did not say if the camps would serve as the specially created “fanzones”.

Qatar is also looking at promoting private letting services such as Airbnb and putting up spectators on cruise ships docked along the coast, a government official said.



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