This weekend marks a year before the start of the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
England have qualified and Scotland and Wales have both booked play-off places at the tournament which begins on November 21, 2022.
So what can fans expect from the first World Cup held in the Middle East and the first to take place in winter?
Here’s everything we know about traveling to Qatar a year from now.
When can I buy tickets?
Tickets go on sale in January, with a fixed amount allocated by FIFA to fans in each nation. There will be another round on sale after the final draw on April 1.
Will i need a visa?
A single fan identification system will serve as a visa, match ticket, Covid pass, and proof of accommodation.
The photo ID will grant its holder free use of public transport via an NFC function on match days.
How to book accommodation?
Reservations for the round of 16 will require proof of a valid match ticket, but for later stages the rules will be relaxed to allow people to ‘come just for the vibe’, according to Berthold Trenkel, COO at Qatar Tourism .
Can I stay in a “floating hotel”?
The MSC World Europe, the newest and largest ship of MSC Cruises will dock in the port of Doha for the month-long tournament starting November 21.
Alongside the new ship – which is still under construction and will accommodate a maximum of 7,000 passengers – will be the smallest ship of 2008 the MSC Poetry.
The two ships have been chartered for a total capacity of 4,000 cabins between them.
The “floating hotels” will be served by shuttles that will take supporters to Qatar’s transport infrastructure, including the Doha Metro, from where they can access stadiums, fan zones and local attractions.
What are the latest news in tent accommodation?
Thousands of World Cup fans will be able to camp in tents in the desert and possibly in the city as part of the country’s plans to create temporary accommodation and ensure there are no ‘elephants left’. whites ”after the tournament in the form of permanent hotel rooms.
Berthold Trenkel says the Qatari government is in talks with “local and global players” to build up to three camps at sites both in the desert and in the capital that could hold up to 3,000 people.
“I don’t have the final figures, but it could be between 1,000 and 3,000 people for these campsites,” Trenkel said. I.
What will the weather be?
December is expected to reach comfortable highs of 25 degrees during the day and drop to lows of 16 degrees at night.
There will be no need for outdoor air conditioning and players on the pitch should be more comfortable than in previous tournaments like Rio 2014.
Will there be entertainment other than football?
Qatar Tourism is in talks with top performers who will perform in stadiums on non-match days during the knockout stages of the tournament, including on December 15 and 16 ahead of the December 18 final.
Mr Trenkel said: “We will have a lot of concerts, so you could come [to Qatar] because there is a DJ festival, because there is a real big band playing… we are working on the artists who will play the concerts in the late phase.
Can I drink alcohol?
The tournament will be the first to be held in a country where Islam is the state religion.
The Supreme Committee which is in charge of the games warned visitors that “public drunkenness and the consumption of alcohol in public places are not permitted”.
Adding that “although alcohol is not part of the local culture, Qatar is a hospitable place and will welcome all fans who wish to drink alcohol responsibly.”
Spectators will be able to buy alcohol in special areas for hotel fans and in some restaurants.
Prices for a pint of beer are expected to be around £ 5 following a successful 40,000 fan zone trial at the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup Qatar during which a pint was priced at QAR 25 (£ 5.09).
No decision has yet been made on whether to drink in the stadiums or in places such as the Katara Cultural Village or the popular Corniche waterfront promenade – where entertainment, live music and pop-up food trucks are featured. planned.
Mr Trenkel, whose department is responsible for issuing alcohol licenses, said that outside the fan zones “there will be [areas] where they will do it [alcohol] available and some where they will not be ”.
How will the fans get to the games?
Most of the eight stadiums are close to modern Doha Metro stations (40p single tickets), but some matches will also require fans to board a shuttle bus to reach the stadium.
What are the current Covid entry rules?
From Wednesday October 6, UK visitors to Qatar must self-quarantine for two days upon arrival or until they receive the results of a mandatory PCR test performed upon arrival.
Pre-departure PCR tests performed within 72 hours of arrival are also mandatory.
The changes come as Qatar introduces a new border policy with countries designated by red or green status.
The UK is currently on the red list, but with the games still a year away, there is plenty of time for those rules to change.