DOHA, Qatar — After Sheng Xie, a Vancouver soccer fan, 33 years old, booked his ticket to the World CupHe began to search for accommodation.
Use the Official tournament website. He quickly settled on a Fan Village is a relatively inexpensive place. The room was clean and functional. The room featured two twin beds, Wi Fi, air conditioning, and air conditioning. a Refrigerators, all for around $200 a night.
He didn’t realize that it was inside. a Shipping container
“What did I book?” Xie asked himself in Recently, he started to see photos of his accommodation under construction on social media.
He was surprised at what he discovered upon his arrival. a A sea of colorful metal containers lined side-by side. in Straight rows of neatly numbered and lettered rows that stretched as far as he could. The container/trailer that he was using was one of several thousand that he had hurriedly set up. in a Nearby dirt field the airport. Workers estimated that there were 4,000. A map at the entrance displayed plans for more than 7,500 plus a Section set aside for employees. It was as follows a one-story Lego town.
Both up and down the Artificial turf has been laid on top of well-lit acres. the Past pebbly soil the A giant tent that can be used as a shelter a Dining hall the Houses in big boxes a grocery store and all the You will find little boxes selling food, coffee, pharmaceuticals or fan gear not far from the office. the Outdoor gym the You can watch soccer matches in these spaces, which are about the size of a soccer field. a big screen, Xie found his room, in Section E8, below a metal door.
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InsideIt looked just like the picture. The air conditioner kept it cool enough. the Wifi worked. There were two windows that could be used to let. in a Little light. He was relieved to find that. the doors locked.
Tuesday night was his fifth night. He would book it again.
Xie considered. He just suggested that his preferred accommodations might be available a Good template for housing the Homeless in places like the Canada and the United States are not in agreement. a strong endorsement for a Vacation setting.
“I’d probably say yes,” He stated.
Qatar It has a Only three million people live in the United States, but there are millions of fans. the world jamming into Doha’s World Cup stadiums for four games a Every day, you must stay somewhere. Doha has many hotels and Doha offers a a slew of luxury brands. Others booked seats on one of the following: a Few cruise ships docked at port were brought in For the occasion.
For many fans, though — particularly the more adventurous or frugal among them — the They found it! in a Field that feels almost like it isn’t there.
QatarShe is able to construct large areas of housing for temporary residents. There are sprawling neighborhoods in Doha’s outer regions, many with names like Asian Town. the Permanent encampments in the Industrial Area the Migrant workers who do the most the Construction and service work in Qatar. World Cup Organizations seem to have employed the Concept a Fans can find the solution here.
Some options are not as compact as a well-appointed shipping container. At a more upscale fan village called Al KhorLocate. a Forty-minute drive from central Doha the beach, the This concept is “Arabian camping.”
Visitors stay in Canvas tents can be adorned with furniture and plumbing. a refrigerator. It is a Swimming pool a restaurant, a Pop-up shops in various sizes a “fun zone” With a Large fire pit and big-screen TVs This week’s advertised prices were over $400 a night.
At the Lower end the Spectrum is Caravan City, a Collection of 1000 boxy white trailers with wheels. Prices for these trailers start at $1,099 at About $115 per night
But the Containers were the more common choice. Organisers have rebranded containers as they are. “cabins.” These are basically pop-up trailer parks and soccer-themed campgrounds. There are three around Doha.
The one called Free Zone was where Xie stayed. a A quiet vibe. in Low-flying planes arriving in And out of the Due Airport is nearby in No small part of the Alcoholism the premises. (Hotels are among) the few places in Qatar Where the The sale of alcohol is allowed. It is prohibited. a One type of main street a A yellow-turf highway that is used as a For catwalk a Many soccer fans.
Toward the horizon, the Yellow turf is dead-ends a Construction zone, where construction zones are made for days. the Tournament, heavy machinery was organizing even more containers. In the Dark Tuesday night, brigades plugged in electricity and water, and moved in Furnishings and furniture cleaned the Units for incoming guests
Xie arrived Friday as one of the many. the First to check in. By Tuesday the Village was chaotic and chaotic. We had to wait just to make sure in It took several hours. Electric carts were brought in to shuttle people to their far-flung rooms — Xie said he had tipped the He was a man who took him to temporary housing a few days ago — were parked with dead batteries.
Gihana Fava, Renan Almeida and Renan Almeida were engaged to wed next year. They arrived from Brazil. They booked like Xie. the Village without knowing what to expect. the Price was right. Hotels in the The center of the Almeida claimed that the city was either full or over budget.
After a Long flight (and) a They missed a flight) and spent almost three hours standing on Tuesday in a check-in line. Fava and Almeida finally got a Key, got to a I found the room was already occupied.
A new room — literally — was found. It was at the Edge of the Development is a way out at S4, far away from everything. There were twin beds. the They had already booked the queen All was covered. in a A visible layer of dust. They had not yet reached the unit.
Fava expressed concern about the possibility of someone else being handed. a You have a wrong key. in the Mitte of the night. Can they leave their possessions safe here when they go to games?
Someone knocked on the door. Fava and Almeida thought it was another guest wrongly sent. But it was a Making sure that the worker is safe the refrigerator worked. It seemed to be working.
Both were successful the shower. It sprayed a A strong flow of hot water. They smiled.
“I told Gihana that we should lower our expectations, expect the worst,” Almeida added. “Because it’s not a hotel.”