— Published 29 June 2022

Supply still exceeds demand

Astonishing. After the first two sales phases, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is breaking all records, with 1.2 million tickets already sold. But according to the organisers, hotel bookings in and around Doha are far from following the same curve. “We are not yet fully booked and will not be until the end of September,” explained Omar Al-Jaber, head of accommodation at the organising committee, on Tuesday 28 June. To date, just over 25,000 reservations have been made. They come mainly from the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Argentina and India. There are more than 100,000 rooms available, a number that is expected to rise to 130,000 or 140,000 soon. The official booking platform offers foreign fans a wide range of accommodation, from flats, villas, prefabs, campsites and even cruise ships, with rates ranging from 300 Qatari rials (80 euros) a night to several thousand euros. Many of the hotel rooms have been pre-booked by the organisers for teams, officials and media, but unused accommodation will soon be released for rent.