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Qatar reveals plan to host World Cup 2022 fans in desert tents

Organisers announces pilot project to accommodate 2,000 fans; eyeing five sites for similar tented villages

Qatar reveals plan to host World Cup 2022 fans in desert tents
The pilot accommodation project will be located close to the Al Wakrah stadium that is currently under construction.

The organisers of the Qatar World Cup 2022 are building a pilot village made up of desert tents which will be able to accommodate up to 2,000 fans.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) said in a statement that the village will be built near the Sealine Beach resort and will offer visiting fans "an immersive cultural experience".

The concept comes in addition to the hotel-based accommodation which Qatar is also delivering ahead of the tournament.

Set to offer accommodation of different types in 650 Arabian tents, the pilot project will be built on a site of 300,000 square metres in the south of Qatar – closest to Al Wakrah Stadium, which is currently under construction.

The project will include 350 temporary tents and 300 permanent tents which will together accommodate 2,000 people, the Committee said.

It added that it is currently studying five different locations for these types of fan villages during the tournament, which would have different themes such as heritage, culture and history of Qatar and the Middle East, sand dunes and sea.

There will also be numerous entertainment offerings as well as large screens situated at the heart of the area. The final proposed locations of these sites have yet to be decided.

Announcing a tender to build the pilot fan village, Abdulaziz Ali Al-Mawlawi, SC technical manager, said: “This type of accommodation is a great way to experience Qatar and the Middle East, giving fans the option of a tournament experience which will showcase the best of the culture, traditions and unique landmarks of our country. There will be options for all kinds of budgets, which will be in addition to the existing hotel-based fan accommodation which we are delivering based on our bid commitments.

“By offering visiting fans different types of accommodation across different sites, each with a wide range of entertainment options, we will allow visitors from outside the country to enjoy Qatar and their football experience in an entirely new way.”

He added: “The fan villages will allow visitors to enjoy the tournament experience in a unique setting from day one. Each fan village is also being developed with a pre and post tournament use to ensure that we are making sustainable developments, for the country to benefit from them in the long term.

“These ideas offer additional tourism options and facilities in addition to what Qatar currently has to offer its visitors. This approach forms part of the SC’s plans to leave behind an economic legacy after 2022.”

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