FIFA World Cup 2022: Host nation Qatar plans to accommodate fans in cruise liners docked at Doha port

  • Fans of all 32 teams in the tournament will be staying in the same city, raising questions over how the country can accommodate them

  • The organising committee will charter two liners with a combined capacity of 4,000 cabins which will be used as floating hotels for fans

  • The committee said other accommodation options will include apartments and fan villages in the desert as well as hotels

Doha: Qatar will charter two cruise liners to help accommodate football fans during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as the Gulf nation of about 2.7 million people looks for ways to host an expected 1 million visitors.

 FIFA World Cup 2022: Host nation Qatar plans to accommodate fans in cruise liners docked at Doha port

The tournament's official logo for the 2022 Qatar World Cup is seen on the wall of an amphitheatre, in Doha, Qatar. Reuters

Fans of all 32 teams in the tournament will effectively be staying in the same city, raising questions over how the country can accommodate them and keep them entertained.

The local organising committee said on Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with MSC Cruises to charter two liners with a combined capacity of 4,000 cabins which will be used as floating hotels for fans.

The committee has promised that there will be enough accommodation for everyone and that alcohol — currently only obtainable at a handful of places at prohibitive prices — would be made more widely available.

The committee said in a statement that the ships will be berthed at Doha Port throughout the month-long tournament.

“Chartering cruise liners for fans has long been part of Qatar’s accommodation strategy, with the country keen to offer sustainable solutions,” it said. It did not say whether alcohol would be available onboard.

Shuttle buses will take fans to the metro — which is so far only partially complete. The committee said other accommodation options will include apartments and fan villages in the desert as well as hotels.

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Updated Date: Nov 19, 2019 20:12:29 IST