Qatar, who have been dogged with controversy ever since the announcement that the country would host the 2022 World cup, will be a country of many firsts. The 2022 worldcup will be very different from any other world cup that has preceded it. The tournament will be held in winter as opposed to summer due to the country’s extremely high temperatures during the season. Doha, which is Qatar’s capital, has never held a tournament of this magnitude before and some of the accommodations on offer are state rooms on cruise ships off the coast.
The small gulf country is positive that they will be able to provide a dense experience for football lovers. The hope to provide an experience free of the hassle and expense of frequent air travel and hotel hopping as has been common with other world cup events.
Qatar which is the smallest country to host the world cup, is working to ensure they deliver the 100,000 rooms that FIFA requires. The desert country has a mix of hotels, apartments, desert campsites and even ships that will act as floating hotels. The country is investing in its 8 stadiums and several fan zones which are less than an hours apart. “fans will be able to watch more than one live match whilst also enjoying the country’s fan zones, beaches, restaurants and cultural attractions, all in a single day,” said Nasser al-Khater, the chief executive of the local organizing committee.
The MSC Cruises affirmed that it will charter two of its ships to Qatar for the tournament. The two ships MSC Europa and the MSC Poesia are set to be delivered in 2022. They will provide a capacity of 4000 state rooms.
The cruise ships will be served by shuttle buses that will transport the fans to the Doha Metro and other forms of transport which will make the stadiums, fan zones and attractions accessible.
The one month tournament opens Nov. 21, 2022 and the officials hope to presell as many tickets as possible. The country’s national airline, Qatar Airlines, has offered free match tickets to fans who book flight and hotel packages through its website
The host country will provide a run through of what visitors can expect in 2022 with regard to housing/ accommodation and also the country’s rules on alcohol consumption in December when they host FIFA’s Club World Cup