2022 FIFA World Cup: The Eye Watering Cost of Beer and Other Expenses in Qatar

2022 FIFA World Cup: The Eye Watering Cost of Beer and Other Expenses in Qatar

Keba Mothoagae
  • Those travelling to the 2022 FIFA World Cup better ensure that their pockets are deep
  • The cost of travelling and living in the Middle Eastern country during the tournament be prohibitively expensive
  • Extensive research has shown that this is the most expensive World Cup on record

The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be the most expensive on record.

The world's eyes have turned their focus on the Middle Eastern country, which will host the global showpiece event from 20 November 2022.

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The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the most expensive on record. Image source: Getty Images.
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A breakdown has been conducted on what will burn the pockets of spectators who will be in attendance.


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  • Those supporting Ghana will fork out around $4 710 (R86 000) for their three group matches in Category Two. This includes a return economy class ticket, accommodation with three to four people sharing a room, Covid-19 testing, internal transport and a police report which is a requirement for entry into Qatar
  • Qatar Airways is offering packages (flights, accommodation and match tickets starting at $3 500 (R64,000) p/p to $7,000 (R127 000). A 13-night stay for four matches will go for around $4 060 (R74 000)
  • Some two-star hotels go for between $475 (R8 500) and $558 (R10 000). This increases to $840 (R15 000) and $1 230 (R22 000) for more upmarket accommodation
  • On Airbnb, "reasonable" prices ranged from $123 (R2 200), $162 (R2 900) and $342(R3 800) to $363 (R6 500) and $558 (R10 000) per night. There is accommodation going for as much as $1 000 (R18 000) per night
  • The fan village contains temporary cabins going for around $200 (R3 600)
  • The average 330ml beer will go for $11.25 (R204) provided you can find one in the country. Some go for between $9.61 (R172) at a bottle store to $13.52 (R242) in a hotel bar
  • A normal capuccino will cost $4.75 (R85)
  • A buffet lunch at an affordable restaurant will go for around $9.77 (R175)

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FIFA World Cup: Gianni Infantino asks participating teams to focus on football

The controversy and backlash surrounding the FIFA World Cup in Qatar have taken another turn after FIFA President Gianni Infantino sent a letter to teams asking them to steer clear of political issues.

Qatar has been on the receiving end of criticism due to its stance on several human rights issues. Migrants' rights have been in the spotlight, with claims of exploitation becoming rampant, Sports Brief reported.

With less than three weeks to the event, it was reported that Infantino and Secretary General Fatma Samoura have sent a letter to the 32 participating teams.

The duo has asked the teams not to allow football to be dragged into political battles.