Hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world have descended on Doha to prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. For some fans, this has meant a night in one of the fan villages. Others have paid a pretty penny to get a room in one of the tents. This accommodation option is a makeshift arrangement for fans to stay in, close to stadiums and cultural attractions. Located on the outskirts of Doha, the fan villages are accessible via public transport or ride-shares.
There are three locations open to fans, two of which have been completed. The other is still under construction. However, Qatar Sports Council has mapped out five locations that are still under consideration. It has also released a website for booking accommodations. The website lists rooms from 80 percent of Qatari hotels.
The official fan village is still under construction. Images of the site show heaps of construction material and industrial machinery strewn around the site. The area also has AstroTurf still to be laid. A video taken inside the site showed some areas strewn with rubble.
Some fans have complained that the tents are made of thick plastic. The air conditioning units are also too loud at night. One fan from Mexico even complained that the tap water was brown. Others have compared the fan village to a jail. Qatar’s human rights record is a bit sketchy, and thousands of migrant workers have died in preparations for the World Cup. It has also been reported that alcohol is forbidden in Qatar.
The fan villages will feature basic amenities, including food and beverage outlets, housekeeping services, and Wi-Fi connectivity. There will also be a variety of entertainment offerings. Guests will also need to have a ticket application number to enter the fan village. A pad lock will be provided for secure belongings. There will also be a Starbucks van on site.
Cabin-style accommodation will be available in eight fan villages. Each will offer accommodation for up to 1,800 people. Each room is about 10 square meters, with twin beds, a small table, and a toilet. They will also have an air conditioning unit and mini fridge. They will cost $200 a night when the tournament begins.
Rawdat Al Jahhaniya fan village has a central gathering area with a huge television screen. There will also be a tennis court, fitness center, and cinema screen. The site has the capacity to accommodate 60,000 people. It is also located next to the National Museum of Qatar.
The Fan Village Cabins Free Zone is another popular site for fans. It is located about 20 minutes by metro from the downtown area of Doha. It is also one of the largest sites for supporters. It has been designed to accommodate wayward visitors. A large car park will be available for fans to walk across. The location is also close to Hamad International Airport. The site will also offer rooms at $80 a night.