You need at least KES 500,000 to attend world’s most ‘restrictive’ World Cup

The World Cup is fast approaching and most, if not all, soccer fans dream of attending the big event to watch their favorite nation compete against the best teams in the world.

This year, however, many people won’t be able to realize their dream because tickets to the tournament in Qatar are expected to be the most expensive ever.

In addition to having the most expensive World Cup tickets ever, Qatar also has the most expensive travel and lodging.

While locals receive discounted tickets, ‘out-of-town’ fans must pay between $70 (KES 8,500) and $220 (KES 26,875) for group stage events and between $600 (KES 73,050) and $1,600 (KES 194,800) for knockout matches.

Most matches currently have sold out tickets but up until the end of the competition, FIFA is running an official resale platform for those who are no longer able to attend.

However, the resale website directs one to a waiting line due to high demand.

“The current ticket demand is very high. As a result, please be prepared for longer than usual queuing times,” the website gives a warning.

The cheapest 10-day trip to Doha for one person during the group stage matches, according to our estimates, would cost a minimum $4,800 (KES 584,400) in total, including return airfare from Nairobi, lodging at a 3 star hotel, local travel, and money for food and beverages.

However, that cost could increase significantly given how quickly flights and accomodation is selling out, particularly if supporters plan to watch games after the group stages.

Qatar Airways is selling opulent packages that come with travel, lodging, and match tickets. These cost upwards of $7,000 (KES 852,250) per person, with prices starting at $3,500 (426,125). All of these are currently out of stock.

The fan village offers temporary en-suite portacabins that sleep two people for about $200 (KES 24,380) per night, making it the least expensive place for spectators to stay during the tournament. Again, the majority of the dates are already taken.

Qatar restrictions

Particularly when it comes to alcohol and e-cigarettes or vapes, laws in Kenya and Qatar may differ greatly.

Visitors will only be able to get alcohol in the approved hotels and bars. Alcoholic beverages are anticipated to be available for purchase in the fan zones during games. Alcohol cannot be imported into Qatar and cannot be bought in stores like those found in Europe. The drinking age is 21 as well.

It is forbidden to use or bring e-cigarettes into the country, so fans have been advised to check the country’s nicotine consumption laws. Since 2014, vaping has been prohibited throughout Qatar; violators risk fines of up to KES 300,000 or even incarceration.

Intimacy in public, regardless of sexual orientation or gender, is offensive and homosexuality is against the law in Qatar.

Everyone is welcome, according to the World Cup host, who also added that there won’t be any rules prohibiting friends or unmarried couples from sharing a hotel room.


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