The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has sold more than 1.2 million tickets, according to officials on Wednesday.
According to FIFA, the organization that governs international football, the most recent round of ticket sales, which involved a random selection draw, ended at the end of April with 23.5 million ticket requests coming primarily from Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Mexico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.
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“I believe there have been roughly 1.2 million ticket sales. Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary general of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, said that as a result, people are actually making purchases and are eager to visit.
During the 28-day event in November and December, he claimed, two million tickets would be made available.
The next time tickets for the World Cup will go on sale, they will be first come, first served, but the date has not yet been revealed.
All 32 openings for the World Cup have been filled as of this point in the qualification games.
Nearly half of Qatar’s population, or 1.2 million visitors, are expected during the World Cup.
Al-Thawadi stated on Wednesday at the Qatar Economic Forum, hosted by Bloomberg, that although the local business community ought to gain from the event, organizers are attempting to prevent price gouging of spectators.
The expense and accessibility of lodging in the Gulf Arab nation, which, according on the most recent estimates by Qatar Tourism, has fewer than 30,000 hotel rooms, has become a major source of worry. According to the organizers, visitors of FIFA are currently reserved 80% of those rooms.
“In terms of availability, we’ve made an effort to provide a variety of products across several categories. So, starting with the more cheap hotels, which cost between $80 and $100 per night, all the way up to the more expensive five-star hotels,” al-Thawadi remarked.
For fans to reserve, 65,000 rooms in villas and apartments as well as about 4,000 accommodations on two cruise ships docked in Doha harbor are now available in Qatar.
The business community in Qatar has committed to repay $28 million workers who paid recruitment fees to secure employment in the Gulf state.
Charging recruitment fees is illegal in Qatar and elsewhere, though the practice is widespread in many of the countries where Qatar’s workers come from.
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