How to stay for free in Qatar during the 2022 World Cup

Those wishing to travel to Qatar must be vaccinated against the coronavirus (Reuters)

Little more than a year remains for the start of the Qatar World Cup and millions of fans across the globe are already eager to be a part of what will be a unique experience. With the hope that the coronavirus pandemic is a thing of the past, fans start planning their trip and for that they need to diagram their budget. In this context, an opportunity has arisen for those whose finances prevent them from spending too much money.

Obviously, the option of staying in luxury hotels or even modern cruise ships that will be moored in the port of Dubai it is tempting for anyone, but not too accessible. Therefore, this week it was confirmed that there will also be an unprecedented possibility: the program Host a Fan.

Imitating the couchsurfing used by hundreds of thousands of travelers around the globe, the Supreme Committee for Organization and Legacy (SC) reported that This new system is already in place that will allow tourists to sleep in the homes of Qatari families for free. “The initiative Host a Fan is part of the SC’s strategy to provide fans visiting Qatar with a variety of culturally rich accommodation options. This unique approach will not only allow fans to stay in one place for the entire tournament, but it will also allow them to experience Qatari culture through the eyes of a local, ”reported Khalid Al-Jumaily, project manager of the initiative in the SC.

The SC was created in 2011 and “is responsible for working with national stakeholders to provide essential infrastructure and services, and to ensure that the World Cup leaves a significant legacy in Qatar and the wider region, using the power of football. to promote sustainable economic, educational and social development ”, according to the official FIFA website.

Qatar prepares to receive hundreds of thousands of tourists (Reuters)
Qatar prepares to receive hundreds of thousands of tourists (Reuters)

Basically Host a Fan allows Qatari families who wish to, open their doors to tourists to settle there for as long as they consider and that must be previously agreed by both parties. “It’s about giving the warmest welcome and showing the best of our nation,” highlights the program site. Interested hosts can register from Saturday on the official website and will have until October 12.

For its part, fans will be able to do it from October 2 to November 1 of this year. The most important thing to know is that this is completely free. That is, Qatari families will not receive money for offering their houses and fans will not have to pay to stay there. Obviously, the program only includes accommodation, that is, food and transfers will be provided by the fans, unless their hosts decide to take care of that as well.

The objective of Host a Fan is for tourists to get to know some Qatari hospitality and immerse themselves in the culture of the Middle East for the duration of the World Cup 2022. Thus, during their stay in that nation they will not only enjoy the best football in the world, but also a unique experience that may convince them to return there on another occasion.

In this way, the program has become in the cheapest way that fans from all over the world will find to stay during the event which will be held from November 21 to December 18, 2022.

It is worth remembering that so far the only requirement that tourists must meet is to be inoculated against the coronavirus: “Qatar will not allow fans who are not fully vaccinated to enter its stadiums”, reported the prime ministerSheikh Khaled ben Khalifa al-Thani, in June this year, when he also announced that the Arab nation will buy one million doses to supply those fans who, for reasons that exceed them, have not been vaccinated in their countries.