Dubai: Preparations ongoing to accommodate World Cup fans

Teams can use official training grounds the day before their matches
Dubai: Preparations ongoing to accommodate World Cup fans
Team Base Camps for Qatar World Cup 2022

With many of the official accommodations for the upcoming Qatar World Cup already saturated, options have emerged that guarantee that many fans will have a great experience when attending Qatar 2022 in November. 

Dubai is an ideal choice because of its proximity to Doha and tourism in the city will be at its best during the sporting event. Fans have already booked all kinds of accommodation, such as campsites, hotels, cruise ships docked in the area, Airbnb flats, etc. The few that remain are already very expensive or are starting to be booked.

The city is also preparing to accommodate fans in certain areas so that rival fans do not cause problems. Experts are directing tourists to specific areas so that they do not congregate and cause fights. The UAE wants everything to be peaceful and excited about football and does not want any disturbances.

Extensive arrangements are also being planned in hotels and around the city for fans to follow the matches. Fan-only areas with giant screens have been set up for everyone to enjoy the tournament.

Also, the NH Dubai The Palm hotel is planned to open in November 2022, just before the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. It will be the first soccer-themed hotel in the region with a series of services designed for all those soccer fans who will be attending Qatar 2022.

On the other hand, the teams traveling to Qatar will be able to live in the 2022 World Cup camps, which are the closest to each other since the tournament’s inception in 1930. Each team will stay in the same facility throughout the competition days, as there is no need to transfer missions on local flights.

“Qatar 2022 will be a World Cup like no other, with teams benefiting from its compact nature and warm local hospitality. Players will have more time to train and rest during the competition while being able to experience the excitement that will take over the country at much closer quarters, as fellow players and passionate fans from all 32 nations will be gathering in a single area,” said Colin Smith, FIFA’s Chief Operating Officer – World Cup.

As part of the unique features of the FIFA World Cup 2022, 24 out of the 32 teams will stay within a 10km radius of each other, further ensuring that the event’s thrilling atmosphere is concentrated in and around Doha, to the delight of local and international fans.

According to a statement released by FIFA, the Team Base Camp Hotels (TBCHs) range from four- and five-star hotels to villas, resorts, and non-hotel accommodation, including sports academy residences and school/university housing. Besides facilities such as treatment rooms, they feature dedicated common areas to safeguard teams’ privacy and also comply with the relevant security protocols.

Additionally, this year’s tournament will be unique in that teams will be able to use official training grounds the day before their matches.

Teams will check in at their TBCHs at least five days before their first match, with players hoping to extend their stay from the guaranteed 15 days to 33, an achievement reserved only for the finalists, the statement further revealed. 


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