Visitor accommodation has been one of the major talking points of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, and the container-shaped cabins provided for supporters in the fan villages have caught a lot of attention.
These fan villages are offered as an affordable option for supporters who want to experience the complete World Cup atmosphere.
Having said that, the fans will have to pay $200 per night to stay in these “cabins”, which bear an uncanny resemblance to shipping containers.
According to the official Qatar World Cup website, these cabins will offer either double or twin en-suite bedrooms, which will sleep not more than 2 people.
Each cabin will include a fridge, tea and coffee maker, bed linen, and bathroom towels. Other than that, two complimentary bottles of water will be provided per day.
Additionally, the fan villages will offer a number of on-site facilities, including a number of food and beverage outlets with ample options. There are football turfs provided for fans who fancy a game.
Supporters will also be able to enjoy live screenings of the matches on the big screen outdoors, where there are cushion-like seats.
All of these fan villages are situated on the outskirts of the capital city, Doha but public transport facilities have been provided for the supporters to reach the stadiums.
The cabins in the villages are located very close to each other forming straight lines, making them look more like shipping docks than fan accommodations.
Concerns have also been raised about how cramped and tight the conditions will be, considering the massive influx of fans and the close proximity of the cabins to each other.
With over 1.2 million football fans expected to arrive in the country for the world cup, Qatar has added an additional 30,000 rooms as an alternative to these fan villages.
If you don’t fancy living in one of these containers, don’t worry, as there are other accommodation options available including cruise ship hotels, villas, and apartments, which will certainly cost more than what you will pay staying at the fan villages.
These container-shaped rooms are not the only unique idea implemented by Qatar, another example is the 974 stadium, which has been built using 974 shipping containers and can be dismantled and moved to another location.
Say what you will about the container-shaped cabins, but there’s no denying that the portable and sustainable stadium is highly impressive.