Qatar has opened a 6,000-cabin World Cup fan village near the airport

Qatar has opened a 6,000-cabin World Cup fan village near the airport

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar on Wednesday opened a 6,000-cabin fan village in an isolated area near its airport, housing the low end of what it calls the start of the next World Cup just days away. suggests

As journalists visited the cabins, the desert wind kicked up sand on the 3.1 square kilometer (1.1 square mile) site, which housed a metro station, a bus stop, and a planned temporary restaurant and convenience store. If the area could theoretically hold around 12,000 people, officials said.

Artificial green grass covers outdoor walkways with a common area filled with large bean bag-style chairs under a gray Wednesday sky. With the flags of the competing nations fluttering in the strong desert wind, a giant screen is also available on site for fans to watch the game. Workers gathered about the site, checking its final touches.

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The brightly colored cabins, each with thin walls, are designed to accommodate one or two people with double beds, a night stand, a small table and chair, air conditioning, a toilet and a shower.

Each will go up to about $200 a night — $270 with board — as the tournament progresses. About 60% of the cabins have already been booked for the tournament, said Omar Al Jaber, head of accommodation at Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy for the tournament.

More rooms will be offered for $80 a night outside of this site near Doha International Airport and Hamad International Airport, both of which will see flights every hour during the tournament. The planes crashed head-on during a visit on Wednesday.

Those staying at the Fan Village can expect a 40-minute journey to the stadium sites.

“Many fans prefer them if it’s not a hotel, they prefer apartments and villas,” Al-Jaber said. These options are managed by French hospitality company Accor, Al Jaber said. However, those seeking budget accommodation will come to the site and others for cheaper options, he said.

During the tournament, concerns about hotel room space and the high prices of available rooms found their way to Qatar, which lacked hotel capacity for all the World Cup teams, workers, volunteers and fans. So Doha has built camping and cabin sites, chartered cruise ships, and encouraged fans to stay in neighboring countries and fly in for the games.

Qatar estimated it would have 130,000 rooms per day for the competition.

Already, nearby Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is planning for an influx of World Cup fans who want to stay where their money might go further.

Al-Jaber said: “Now, the shuttle flight option, this is one of the options for people who are already staying in our neighboring countries and… they want to spend just one day to participate in the competition. ” “So it’s a good option for them in their case.”

“If they want to come and stay, they’re welcome, of course, and there are many, many options for them,” he added.

There are still plenty of rental options for fans in Qatar, ranging from hotels, cruise ship cabins, traditional duo sailing boats and tents, fan villages, porta-cabins and caravans. Al-Jaber said.

“We have enough accommodation and people can still come and enjoy the tournament and of course they can choose whatever accommodation they are looking for,” he said.

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