Qatar 2022 World Cup: $105,000 for one month of accommodation

With 1.2 million people set to descend on Doha for the World Cup, the big question surrounding the global event is where will we actually sleep?

Aussie rules football fans hoping to secure a room or at least a bed for the World Cup can be faced with accommodation bills in excess of $50,000 – and that’s if you’re lucky.

Australian fans reacted with absolute jubilation on Tuesday morning after the Socceroos booked their place for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with a thrilling win over Peru. But after this thrilling victory and with the biggest sporting event of the year approaching, fanatics have a new challenge to face if they have any hope of attending the tournament.

With an estimated 1 million people from all over the world trying to find a place to stay in Doha for the Cup, early bettors were quoted in the tens of thousands to get a bed for the whole – or even part of it – of the tournament.

Normally, Doha is home to less than three million people, so finding room for the extra number of visitors in time for the first match on November 21 was a challenge in itself.

The Socceroos will face France on March 23, before starting with Tunisia three days later.

But with other teams around the world already securing their places – booking agents, Airbnb and even flight prices have soared to tens of thousands of dollars due to fans desperate to visit the small Gulf state in the end of this year.

Talk to Sky NewsEngland fan CJ Joiner from Coventry is hoping to make the trip with his partner and their newborn son – who will be just eight months old in November.

“If you go to booking.com or Airbnb now, you’re talking fifty or sixty thousand dollars for a month in an apartment or in a room,” he said.

“The actual hotels and things you can’t really book – there’s literally no availability…. there are plenty of beds available but they are just not available to book yet.

“I can understand there will be a lot of people out there thinking, ‘Oh no, what am I going to do’…but I’m still confident that everyone will find a place to stay. “

A quick search on Booking.com, and you’re already out of luck.

Indeed, according to the Associated Press, the tournament organizers have reserved rooms for representatives of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), sponsors and international media. It is also about trying to stop the early assessment of prices by hoteliers.

On the official FIFA website, hotels, apartments and villas have all been offered as accommodation options, along with the Fan Village for desert camping and rooms on board cruise ships.

“More than 30,000 hotel and residential rooms are still under construction and will be released in due course,” the Supreme Committee told Sky News.

As for listings on Airbnb, it will cost you a small fortune if you decide to book a listing – with just a few weeks in Doha ranging from $20,000 for a very basic apartment to $100,000 for a basic room that sleeps five.

For those looking for a cheaper option, fans may still get lucky and can nab a slice of desert-backed sand about an hour’s drive south of Doha.

The cabins – which are being upgraded to five stars – will have their own bedrooms and private bathrooms.

Speaking to Sky News, Angel Tindoy – a supervisor at a resort next door who will manage the site, said he was ready to welcome guests.

“We have a lot of guests from all over the world,” she said. “They can expect five-star amenities and service facilities.”

However, some fans are already wondering if ‘camping’ will be a suitable option for thousands of football fanatics.

“I don’t think many want to camp in a desert, in fact I don’t know anyone who has subscribed to that option,” said England fan Kieran Baker from South Yorkshire.

“It’s hard to put a price tag on what this tournament is going to cost me – it’s definitely a step into the unknown.”

As for flights, direct connections with Qatar Airways are around $2300 from Sydney, or closer to $3500 return. The airline also has select ‘packages’ where travelers can combine flights, accommodation, and even assorted tickets starting at around $5,000 for a few nights. But you’ll need to join the airline’s Privilege Club to access the offers.

According to local media, there are also “fan villages” in three separate locations – in Zafaran, Ras Bu Fontas and Rawdat Al Jahhaniya, all just outside the city.

“The Fan Villages are located on the outskirts of Doha but are still accessible via public transport or carpooling, giving you easy access to all popular cultural attractions, as well as Cup stadiums and activations. FIFA World Cup,” said the Qatar accommodation agency.

Camps have been touted as an inexpensive alternative to hotels and Airbnb accommodations given their comparatively low cost with a two-person cabin starting at just $207 per night.

News.com.au has contacted Airbnb and Qatar Airways for comment.

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