Soccer fans around the world are eagerly awaiting the World Cup starting in Qatar on November 20.
While it will be easier to enjoy the sporting spectacle from the comfort of your favorite armchair, more than a million people are expected to descend on the Arab Gulf state from around the world for the month-long festival of football.
⛵ Soccer fans are renting out yachts in Dubai to watch the #FIFAWorldCup matches in Qatar while sailing the Arabian Gulf. A 140-foot, three deck yacht costs $20,000 per night to rent, boasting a jacuzzi and a capacity for 30 guests pic.twitter.com/BDqMQzr4MY
— Reuters (@Reuters) October 24, 2022
With Qatar still smaller than Connecticut in terms of land area, accommodation is scarce, and some visitors are forced to book hotels in Bahrain or other nearby cities in the United Arab Emirates, such as Dubai.
However, some deep-pocketed fans are chartering super yachts for the occasion, allowing them to enjoy football matches in luxurious surroundings, Reuters reports.
For $20,000 a night, wealthy Qatar World Cup supporters can charter a 140-foot, three-deck yacht for up to 30 guests. A big-screen TV means fans are sure to catch all the action, while an onboard hot tub offers the perfect place to relax between games. A Michelin star chef serving gourmet cuisine is also available to those chartering the yachts.
Jainney Thakker, Rental Firm Marketing Manager Xclusive Yachttold Reuters that as the football contest approaches, demand for its water-based rentals is increasing.
One football fan who has already secured a booking is Dubai resident Zubin Doshn.
“The expectation is very simple,” Doshn told Reuters. “I am sure that I will have a good time with my family and friends and enjoy the luxury of Xclusive Yacht and watch the World Cup in the middle of the sea with all the excellent services that they have. And, of course, drink champagne.
Short rentals are also available for groups of fans who want to enjoy watching a game in a special setting while going up and down on the water. As a bonus, chartered boats will also take guests past some of Dubai’s iconic landmarks, including the sail-shaped Burj al Arab hotel and Palm Jumeirah, a palm-shaped island built in the sea.
The World Cup begins on November 20 and runs until December 18. Here’s how to watch the games for free.