It appears from discussions at the recent Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, that according to accounting and management consulting firm Deloitte thousands of soccer fans will have to stay in Dubai rather than Doha during the Qatar World Cup in 2022.
It appears that Qatar will not be able to provide the 60,000 hotel rooms football world governing body FIFA says are needed and even based on what Deloitte described as “aggressive growth” of nine to twelve per cent annually until 2022, Qatar would only be able to provide 42,000 rooms.
While the Qatar Government has announced that the shortfall would be partly met by the government’s recent announcement that cruise ships would provide 5000 to 6000 rooms and another 1000 to 2000 in transportable, temporary accommodation, there remains a significant shortfall, meaning that soccer fans may well have to commute from outside Doha, including from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat.
Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee Hassan Al Thawadi has predicted that a million fans will attend the 2022 World Cup, which is more than three times as many as the 310,000 that FIFA said travelled to South Africa for the 2010 tournament, but less than the two million that attended the 2006 event in Germany.
Written by : John Alwyn Jones