EXCLUSIVE: World Cup stars face bills of up to Â£300,000 to secure accommodation for families in Qatar… and eye-watering prices could force loved ones to base themselves in Dubai and jet in for matches
International footballers face exorbitant bills of Â£300,000-plus to secure accommodation for their families at the World Cup.
Rental accommodation is very limited in Qatar, so prices are soaring as owners try to cash in on the tournament.
Around 1.5million people are expected to descend on Qatar – a country which is only about the size of Yorkshire – for the World Cup.Â
Earlier this year, there were believed to be only 175,000 hotel rooms and apartments available for visitors.
Footballers are facing eye-watering prices to put family in accommodation in Qatar this year
Players could be forced to pay up to Â£300,000 for a family villa due to limited hotel spaceÂ
As a result, footballers are being quoted between Â£250,000-Â£300,000 for family homes for the duration of the tournament, which starts on November 20.
In one property catalogue seen by Sportsmail and passed to the family of a leading international player, visitors are offered a six-bedroom villa on The Pearl – one of Qatar’s most exclusive areas.
The luxurious accommodation provides guests with direct access to the sea and is available to rent for the World Cup. The property has a private swimming pool, is fully furnished and is a short distance from restaurants, designer shops and entertainment facilities.
However, there is no rental price in the prospectus – with interested parties advised to contact the vendor directly to ascertain cost.
Earlier this year, there were believed to be only 175,000 hotel rooms and apartments available
Players’ loved ones may choose to base themselves in Dubai and then fly over for matches
In this case, the footballer in question was staggered by the price he was quoted, but did not rule out taking the villa anyway to ensure his family are guaranteed somewhere to stay amid a frantic rush to organise accommodation for loved ones.
Families are also exploring the option of basing themselves in Dubai and flying in for matches.
Regular, relatively affordable shuttle flights to the Qatari capital Doha from neighbouring United Arab Emirates states are being laid on by World Cup organisers to try to ease the accommodation crisis.
Temporary luxury campsites in the Qatari desert will be available to families and supporters, while organisers have also struck a deal with a cruise company to lease two liners which will be transformed into hotels.