World Cup 2022: 1.2 million tickets sold, “record demand” and rising housing prices


The organizers of the 2022 World Cup estimate the sale of tickets at 1.2 million after the second phase of sales, a “record demand“.”People are buying and can’t wait to come, there’s no doubt about it“, rejoiced the Secretary General of the Organizing Committee, Hassan Al-Thawadi, during the Qatar Economic Forum in Doha and in remarks reported by AFP, while certain associations of supporters are concerned about the availability and housing prices or their rights in the rich and conservative Gulf emirate.

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We’re trying to create an environment where the economy benefits but is also affordable and accessible for the fans, which isn’t always easy to balance.“, conceded the manager. New hotels regularly enter the accommodation platform intended for spectators with tickets, he assured.

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Accommodation is not a concern. Everything is done so that there are enough here and in neighboring countries“, with which daily return flights will be set up for supporters, added Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, the governing body of world football. While the country has been questioned by NGOs on the issue of respect for human rights, and especially for migrant workers, Mr. Al-Thawadi once again insisted on the “progress” made since the tournament was awarded in 2010.

It’s not a spotlight“, he said, adding that Qatar would remain “engaged” in this domain “after the World Cup“. Faced with criticism, “(our) weariness comes from the misrepresentation of the facts (…) and of what is happening on the ground“, he regretted.

“Guarantees”

Mr. Infantino insisted on FIFA’s commitment to upholding human and migrant rights in the country “because progress must be maintained“. On the issue of welcoming the LGBTQ community in the emirate, where homosexuality is criminalized, which also worries some supporters,”everyone will be welcome, said the FIFA boss. We have received the necessary guarantees, we are training those responsible, we are working hand in hand with the government and the police authorities.”

We ask people to respect our culture, which I think is not too much to ask (…) and to get to know each other“, for his part argued Mr. Al-Thawadi. FIFA also announced in a press release on Wednesday that it would have 96 volunteers on the field during the tournament (accompanied by ten team leaders) responsible for discussing with viewers on human rights issues.

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As for preparing for the World Cup with less than five months to go, “the main infrastructures have been completed and we are now in an operational phase“including accommodation and routes, said the secretary general of Mondial-2022.

In total, the organizers of the first World Cup in an Arab country, from November 21 to December 18, said they had registered 40 million ticket requests, 17 million during the first sales phase and 23 million during the second. . There are just over 3 million tickets available in all (2 million for sale and 1 million reserved for FIFA and its partners) and more than 1 million visitors are expected in a country of 2.8 million. of inhabitants.

For the next phase of sales, the dates of which are not known, the principle of first come first served will apply, and no longer a draw.

(With AFP)

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