Passed myself off as a Three Lions fan to see filthy apartments in Qatar – I was disgusted with what I found
A £650-a-night hovel filled with COCKROACH is among the filthy apartments on offer for England fans at the Qatar World Cup.
We pretended to be Three Lions followers to see the little concrete box described by its owner, Hilal, as “adorable” on the rental site Airbnb.
The apartment, with its cracked walls, soiled mattress and at least five cockroaches in the kitchen, adjoined a noisy construction site Doha.
Another Airbnb host, Riham, was offering capital digs with stained walls and a living room-kitchenette for £534 a night.
Mohammad showed us snaps of his “beautiful” three-bedroom property near Khalifa Stadium – a world Cup ground – at £1,789 a night.
They were among dozens of dirty houses advertised by owners hoping to cash in as fans fear an impending Cup hosting crisis.
One million people are expected to descend on this oil-rich state the size of Yorkshire.
Qatar 2022 Chiefs insist there will be plenty of Fan Village cabins to be had and urge fans to avoid the private rental market.
Omar Al-Jaber, head of accommodation for the Supreme Committee, said: “We will get through this. There is no crisis.
Organizers of the Qatari tournament have so far refused all requests to visit the cabins, which they say sleep two people comfortably and have air conditioning, an en suite bathroom and a TV.
And they insisted yesterday that there would be enough rooms for more than a million fans about to descend on the tiny oil-rich state the size of Yorkshire.
Qatar 2022 chiefs insisted fans planning to see two matches during the group stage would pay around £1,600 for a four-night stay including flights, rooms, match tickets and food.
Accommodation is said to still be available for as little as £72 a night – as fans have been advised to avoid private renters by going to the Qatar accommodation agency’s official website.
Fans with tickets will also save with free travel on Qatar’s new metro system between matches, which will be located closer together than at any previous World Cup.
Two huge cruise ships and 30 traditional Arabian dhows moored at port locations near fan areas will also have been drafted to increase the number of rooms.
Omar Al Jaber, executive director of accommodation at the Supreme Committee of Qatar, told The Sun: “We will be able to deal with any last minute requests – there is no accommodation crisis and everything is under control.
“But we cannot control the market forces of supply and demand that dictate the prices charged by the private sector.
“We remain confident that we will be able to provide an affordable five-star service to fans coming to enjoy the World Cup in Qatar.
“About 90% of the work on our fan cabins is complete and they will be fully furnished and ready to receive guests in three weeks.
“I urge fans still looking for accommodation to visit our official websites – there is still plenty of availability.”