Football: Qatar considers Airbnb option for 2022 World Cup visitors

Qatar World Cup organisers are considering using Airbnb to house visiting football fans during the World Cup Finals in 2022.
Qatar World Cup organisers are considering using Airbnb to house visiting football fans during the World Cup Finals in 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS

DOHA (AFP) - Qatar World Cup organisers say they are considering using Airbnb to house some of the visiting football fans during the World Cup Finals in 2022.

Hasan Al-Thawadi, general secretary of Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the body overseeing the organisation of the tournament, said market demands could mean the room-sharing service being used in six years' time.

"We are looking at Airbnb as an opportunity," he said. "It's a current trend."

Although it is not as extensive as in other countries, Airbnb is already operational in Qatar.

It is the latest option being considered by organisers in the Gulf for an expected one million travelling fans during football's biggest tournament.