With less than 80 days before the Qatar World Cup, residents have permission to rent their premises to tourists during the tournament. The sports extravaganza kicks off on November 20, 2022.
Previously, ticket holders could book accommodations through the Qatar Accommodations Agency, an official body only. This included hosting tourists in hotels, official desert camps, villas, apartments, two cruise ships, and fan villages.
Yasir al Jamal, Director General of the Special Committee for the World Cup, says ticket holders can use their Fan IDs or Hayya Card to book places rented out by Qatar residents. He was speaking at Lusail Stadium, the venue for the World Cup final.
These bookings will involve third parties. They won’t require a QAA reservation nor will they need to provide details about families and friends living in Qatar.
Jamal added, “We have done this to allow more people to apply for Hayya cards. In addition to this, we are also committed to ensuring appropriate and affordable prices for fans starting at $80 that can change depending on the demand we see from fans.”
Qatar gears up for World Cup rush
As per official estimates, more than one million visitors are expected in the desert kingdom during the mega event.
Residents say they face evictions by landlords to pave the way for visiting fans during the tourney.
The Committee confirmed to the press of their plan to book 80% of the hotels and other accommodation options. The decision was taken to ease accommodation issues for ticket holders.
Omar-al-Jaber, executive director of accommodation, revealed additional places for hosting fans:
- Two cruise ships with more than 4,000 rooms.
- Fan villages at four different locations.
- Accommodation options will also be available through vacation homes.
- Visitors have the option of staying with friends and family.
The recently announced Caravans Village will host more fans.
Furthermore, travelers will now be able to enjoy alcoholic drinks in certain sections of the stadiums during the World Cup.
Qatar 2022 CEO Nasser al-Khater recently revealed the number of tickets sold so far. Around 2.5 million out of the three million tickets allocated for the World Cup are already sold.