Football fans could be 'sleeping under the stars'

  • 22/03/2016
Traditional Bedouin-style tent (file)
Traditional Bedouin-style tent (file)

Organisers of Qatar's 2022 World Cup are considering a proposal to house football fans in traditional Bedouin-style desert camps amid growing concerns about a potential shortage of accommodation during the tournament.

Most of the 500,000 fans expected to descend on the tiny Gulf country will stay in hotels and apartments.

But thousands could also camp under canvas in desert areas close to stadiums, a move organisers are holding up as a creative, and culturally authentic, way for Qatar to meet FIFA requirements.

"At the heart of this World Cup is a commitment to showcase the hospitality and friendship of the Middle East," a spokesperson for Qatar's 2022 World Cup Supreme Committee told Reuters.

"As a result, we are actively researching the concept of supporters sleeping under the stars."