World Cup fans frustrated by expensive Qatar accommodation with leaking air and broken TVs | Tech Reddy
Football fans have expressed their dismay at the expensive accommodation in Qatar, with leaky air conditioners, broken TVs and tricky doors to lock.
One attendee was left feeling shortchanged after paying around 707 Qatari Riyals per night, the equivalent of £163.35, for accommodation at the Fan Village Caravan City.
“With the money I spent and the nature of this event, I expected a better experience than what I got,” said the 40-year-old, who did not want to be named.
i previously reported that fans felt apprehensive about what the accommodation would be like as they had not seen the pictures, despite requesting one from the supplier.
People arriving at the Rawdat Al Jahhaniya fan village have taken to social media to report on the situation in the area, with pictures showing sand, rubbish, industrial machinery and torn up turf.
Fans complained about the air-conditioning being loud and not working, with one builder working on the site complaining. Times to “be hell”.
In the Caravan Village, people had to wait a long time before looking at their place of residence. “Reception desks struggle to check in incoming guests in a timely manner and long waits for tired and confused travelers when we arrive,” said an American fan. i.
He arrived in a trailer with visible signs of age such as stains and water damage. “Some air conditioning units tend to leak, doors are tricky to lock, and televisions may not work,” he said.
He went on to say that most of the food stalls are not operating and many of the 10,000 trailers still appear to be empty on the first day of the tournament.
“As the fans have just moved into the facility, it will take a ton of work to keep up with the expectations of the guests at this expensive accommodation,” he said, adding that staff are doing their best to clean and repair but “there are limits to what they can do on some big issues”.
However, one fan told i he was “surprised” by his accommodation in Caravan City because of the good air conditioning and wifi. The room has two single beds, chairs, a brand new TV and a small bathroom.
Del Noble, 36, said he paid 2200 Qatari Riyal (£508) for three nights and had “no complaints so far”.
He saw only a few other England fans, many from Ecuador or Mexico.
“To be honest, Qatar is really welcoming, I was skeptical when the cabbie didn’t know where Caravan City was but we should be among the first people here,” he said. i.
The accommodation problems come amid several controversies surrounding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Some supporters boycotted the event due to human rights concerns, including the country’s treatment of LGBTQ+ people and migrant workers.
Beer was banned from Qatar World Cup stadiums just two days before the tournament began, despite a multi-million pound deal with Budweiser for the event.
The Fifa tournament started today with the opening match between Ecuador and Qatar, the South American side beat the host nation 2-0 with two goals from Enner Valencia.