Angry soccer fans blast Qatar organizers as they arrive at their $330-a-night World Cup accommodation to find it’s still under construction
An irate football fan slammed organizers after arriving at his World Cup accommodation in Qatar to find it was still under construction.
Migrant workers, working 14-hour shifts and sleeping on the floor, were still completing shacks in Al Emadi fan village near Doha, costing A$330 a night, the Daily Mail revealed on Tuesday.
A TikToker with more than 1.96 million views gave fans a glimpse of the cramped, expensive cabins, as they were left in disbelief that the rooms were still under construction when they arrived.
When they got to their cabin, the TikToker showed a huge amount of materials that had yet to be installed, rubbish, and several people still working in the cabin, which was clearly unfinished.
Other videos on the account show large numbers of workers rushing to complete a variety of jobs, from cleaning to plumbing to installing appliances and furniture.
More than 784,000 people watched a video posted by TikToker that showed water on the floor and on the cabin doors, shabby plumbing and sawdust everywhere.
The large number of examples of either unfinished or finished huts, either dirty or poorly constructed, did not go down well.
Many fans were incredulous that such a terrible place to stay could cost upwards of $300 a night.
Other commenters appeared to be Qatari, dismissing the mountain of evidence as fake news and slamming the fan as expecting better value for money.
“Whatever you say (sic), your enemies will always deny it and your friends will always believe. Go Qatar…no matter what your enemies say,” wrote a fan defending Qatar.
Many also compared the disastrous shelter to the infamous Fyre Festival and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
From the moment fans arrived in Doha, it was clear that World Cup accommodation – both expensive and ‘cheap’ – was going to be a disaster.
‘But really? Do they want to put us in there? Metal container with no air, very little light and like a shoebox?’ A Welsh fan who asked not to be named told the Daily Mail.
“There is no place to move or store your luggage. A tiny table can barely fit a bowl of cornflakes.”
Some booths were completely unfurnished when the fans arrived. Unmisplaced toilets were stacked outside while workers hammered and drilled cheap flat-pack beds and wardrobes to set them up.
Many of the $330-per-night fan zones being marketed to World Cup fans arrived incomplete
Workers at the Al-Emadi fan village in Doha, Qatar, prepare rooms for the arrival of fans
Qatar has set up 30,000 rooms – accommodating up to 60,000 guests – in “fan villages” for the World Cup, though rows of prefabricated buildings resemble shipping containers
Two Indian migrant workers earning just $44 a day said site bosses would offer another $44 in ad hoc bonuses to encourage them to work faster to get jobs done.
More than a million people are expected to flock to the small desert peninsula for the tournament, which is home to just 300,000 Qataris, excluding expats and migrant workers.
The furnished cabins seen by Sportsmail are extremely basic for the price. A pipe from portable air conditioners is passed through a hole in the wall and the same faucet is used to handle the water for the toilet and shower. Meanwhile, electric fans provide additional ventilation.