Football fans have been given a sneak glimpse into some of the accommodation that awaiting them in World Cup tent villages in Qatar – and comparisons to the infamous Fyre Festival are already being made.
More than a million people are expected to descend on the desert peninsula over the course of the tournament, which will run from November 20 to December 18.
Football fans have had a sneak glimpse at some of the accommodation in World Cup tent villages in Qatar – and comparisons to the infamous Fyre Festival are already being made
The clip reveals hundreds of tents lined up with a doors drawn onto the outside flaps. The inside of the tents are very bare – with just single beds and a small bedside cabinet.
The tiny nation has been busy setting up infrastructure to handle the huge influx of supporters from across the world – with accommodation options ranging from luxury hotels to caravans, fan villages and cruise ship rooms.
However, many fans have been put off by a video that hit social media on Wednesday, showing what’s on offer at a tent village.
The clip reveals hundreds of tents lined up with rudimentary images of doors drawn onto the outside flaps.
The insides of the tents are threadbare, featuring two single beds and a small bedside cabinet.
Some fan villages have been advertised as luxury desert escapes, so football fans have been quick to make comparisons to the ill-fated Fyre Festival in 2017, which was spruiked by the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid.
It became infamous after it was promoted as a luxury music festival in the Bahamas, complete with luxury dwellings and extravagant meals – only for attendees to discover they’d be housed in hurricane tents and fed cheese sandwiches.
‘Straight out of Fyre festival,’ one Twitter user wrote after viewing the footage from the World Cup site.
‘Qatar is really about to host the Fyre Fest World Cup,’ said a second.
A third person replied: ‘The worst world cup in history and we ain’t kicked a ball yet.’
‘No toilet, No water, No shower, Even No electricity. How can a country host a world cup and lack basics man,’ Tweeted another.
Qatar has set up 30,000 rooms – with space for up to 60,000 guests – at ‘fan villages’ for the World Cup, though lines of prefab buildings appear to resemble shipping containers (pictured)
Not all fans have been detracted by the images of the tent village, however, with some maintaining the spartan set-up should meet fans’ requirements.
‘Perfect all you need when your away with your mates at the football anything better is a waste of money,’ replied a Twitter user.
‘If its cheap fair dos. You won’t be in the room most of your stay anyway,’ agreed another.
In July, FIFA unveiled images of tents on offer at the Al Khor fan village, which would cost supporters around $614 per night – but they are a far cry from the tent village seen in the recent video.
The Al Khor set-ups are spacious and feature air conditioning, an ensuite bathroom and coffee and tea-making facilities.
Luxury tents at the Al Khor fan village, that have have air conditioning, wifi, an ensuite bathroom and coffee and tea-making facilities
In addition there is also the luxury of a TV, a hair dryer, iron and an ironing board, fridge, a safe and even wifi – helping match many facilities on offer in a typical hotel room.
FIFA described the accommodation as a ‘unique experience’ that will allow fans to connect with the culture of Qatar.
‘Fan Village Al Khor offers a unique experience of Arabian camping that both reflects and encompasses the traditions of Qatar,’ the governing body’s statement read.
‘The accommodation is comfortably furnished, laden with contemporary touches and in a style reminiscent of a traditional Qatari tent.’
The Al Khor fan village tents (pictured) would cost supporters around $614 per night – and they’re a far cry from the accommodation shown in the video
Controversy has surrounded Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup since they were awarded in 2010, with the country’s treatment of migrant workers and criminalisation of same-sex relationships among the issues which have caused the most concern.