The countdown to the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar has begun in earnest and a lot of questions have been raised as to what fans can expect from the tiny Arab desert nation.
The 22nd edition of the World Cup is spectacular in that it will be held for the first time in its 92 -year history in November/December. This is due to the weather conditions in the desert nation of Qatar during the summer when the tournament is usually held.
It will also be the first World Cup to be held in the Muslim-dominated Middle East, as FIFA seeks to expand football throughout the world.
The qualifiers to determine the teams who will be competing in the showpiece are still ongoing, however, Qatar’s preparations are all but done and they are only waiting to receive the rest of the world in the historic iteration of the World Cup.
Here are the most asked questions and the answers ahead of the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
For the group stages, Qatar will sell a seat at any of its hosting eight stadiums to fans and tourists for QAR 250 (250 Qatari Riyals or €60), but residents of the nation will get special discounts which will see them pay only QAR 40 (40 Qatari Riyals or €10).
The final will be more expensive, however, as a prime seat will set you back QAR 5,850 (5,850 Qatari Riyals or €1,420).
The tickets went live in January and the first batch stopped selling on February 8. The next batch will be available once the draws are completed in April and every participating team knows their venues and the teams they will compete against. As the world cup draws near, the final batch will be available on-demand at various locations and on ticket resale platforms.
The organisers have released an in-depth video explaining how to apply for these tickets on their YouTube channel, “Road To 2022”.
Qatar is a desert nation, and as such, can be hot. The hosting of the World Cup in November/December is as a result of cooler temperatures at that time of the year in the country.
For fans worrying about the weather at the stadiums, the organisers have equipped all the stadiums with some form of air conditioning to help fans enjoy the experience and games better.
The tournament will also have a lot more night matches than other World Cups in order for fans and players to enjoy cooler temperatures.
The organisers estimate that 1.2 million people (a number equal to almost half the population of the nation), including players, coaches and fans will be landing in Qatar for the global showpiece. As a result, they have gone to creative lengths to provide accommodation for everyone.
In addition to all the hotels currently under construction as well as the existing ones, and the rentals available by local and international businesses, the organisers have chartered two cruise ships which will provide approximately 4,000 cabins for the visitors.
Desert camps will also be provided for the more adventurous fans who would like to explore the nation’s tourist attractions alongside enjoying the World Cup experience.
By default, alcohol sales are monitored with liquor served at select restaurants, typically those attached to hotels. A Qatar Airways outlet also sells wine, beer and spirits (as well as pork) to foreign residents with permission from their employers.
Some designated fan parks will also be allowed to sell alcohol during the tournament.
Outside these facilities, fans may not be able to enjoy their favourite liquor for the duration of the tournament. However, the organisers are yet to confirm if special dispensation (more centres) will be allowed to sell alcohol to fans.
The World Cup is a festival and as such, a big party. However, with the host nation being a conservative one, this question keeps arising among fans who are looking to travel to support their teams.
Qatar is still looking into measures to relax local laws for the tournament, however, some laws are going to be upheld. One thing the organisers promise fans is an immersive experience that will immortalise the World Cup in their hearts.