The rush for accommodation for the World Cup in Qatar has soccer fans exploring all options, including camping in the desert.
Fans are promised a “five-star” campsite on a desert-backed beach about an hour’s drive south of Doha.
The deluxe cabins will have their own bedrooms and private bathroom – they will be built later in the summer and will host fans from different countries.
Angel Tindoy, supervisor at the nearby resort who will run the site, told Sky News: “There will be hundreds of fans here, maybe a thousand.
“We have many guests from all over the world.
“They can expect five-star amenities and service facilities.”
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The race to book accommodation has led to frustration
The exact number of huts to be installed on the beach will depend on reservations and prices per night are yet to be finalized.
Ms Tindoy confirmed they would be ‘affordable’ and security guards would be on hand to ensure fans behaved.
The race to book accommodation for the tournament in November and December has caused huge frustration for many fans.
Other accommodation options during the tournament are either unavailable or very expensive.
“I don’t think a lot of fancy camping in a desert”
England supporter Kieran Baker of South Yorkshirewho normally travels home and away with England, told Sky News this tournament is proving difficult to commit to.
“I’ve camped in Germany, I’ve used hostels for many others…and in Russia I’ve even rented a room in someone’s family home.
“I don’t think many people want to camp in a desert, in fact I don’t know anyone who has subscribed to this option.
“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.”
The Gulf state is the smallest country to host the World Cup and has 33,000 hotel rooms according to the Tourism Authority, but many more are being added for the tournament.
More than a million people are expected Qatar during the competition.
Private apartments and cruise ships are also made available, but many fans complain that it’s a difficult process.
“I’ve booked flights but I can’t book a hotel”
English fan David Marsh from Worcestershirewho has appeared at every World Cup since 2002, told Sky News his search for a hotel room left him infuriated.
“It’s absurd and very concerning,” he said.
“The official accommodation site is now selling space on two cruise liners and apartments but absolutely no hotels!
“I booked flights and bought tickets on the FIFA website, but I can’t book a hotel. Only because they have 100% screening and didn’t put any rooms available, with the exception of the corporate hospitality sector.
“Fan forums suggest that the operators of the accommodation agency verbally told some people that there would be no hotel rooms available at all!”
Wales and Scotland fans are still waiting to hear whether their teams will qualify in the playoffs which may not be concluded until June.
The organizers and FIFA have pledged to ensure availability and affordable prices for all fans, but have advised supporters to book early.