Qatar chartering cruise liners for WC fans

Ruben Hill
November 21, 2019

According to the New York Times, Qatar is expecting its infrastructure to be so strained that it is encouraging visitors to leave the country after attending games, rather than spending more time - and money - in the country, something which is usually seen as a primary motive for hosting a World Cup in the first place.

Qatar, the host of the FIFA World Cup has signed a deal with Geneva-based MSC cruises to charter two ships to accommodate football fans during the event and make them floating hotels.

The vessels "will give fans a spectacular view of (Doha´s) West Bay skyline", Qatar´s Supreme Committee for Delivery said in a statement.

The cruise line will charter MSC Europe which is now under construction in Saint Nazaire, France and once completed will be 205,700 gross tons. Scheduled for delivery in 2022, the MSC Europa is now under construction at Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France. Rates are yet to be confirmed, although current MSC cruises run from £599 per person, and anyone hoping to experience life on the open waves will also be disappointed as both boats will be berthed throughout the tournament. "The tournament is one of the world's most popular events and this will be another opportunity for holidaymakers from across the globe converging on Doha to experience our ships and enjoy the unique worldwide experience that only MSC Cruises can offer". Being the most environmentally friendly marine fuel now available, her air emissions will thus be kept to a minimum, according to a statement from MSC.

The work on six more stadiums with open-air cooling technology is in progress.

The committee said other accommodation options will include apartments and fan villages in the desert, as well as hotels.

Shuttle buses will take fans to the metro - which is so far only partially complete.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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