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1.2 million World Cup tickets sold, organisers say

About 1.2 million tickets have been sold for this year's World Cup in Qatar, organisers said on Wednesday, putting a figure on sales for the first time.

People pose for photos next to the clock installation ticking the days to the start of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, along the waterfront in Qatar’s capital Doha during a heavy dust storm on May 17, 2022 as the skyline behind is obscured in the haze. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP)

About 1.2 million tickets have been sold for this year’s World Cup in Qatar, organisers said on Wednesday, putting a figure on sales for the first time.

Chief organiser Hassan Al-Thawadi said there had been “record-breaking” demand for the November-December World Cup, the first held in the Middle East.

“I think about 1.2 million tickets have already been purchased,” he told the Qatar Economic Forum.

“So people are actually buying and people are excited to come there. There’s no doubt about that.”

The figure was confirmed by organising committee officials, who said there were about 40 million requests in the two phases of sales.

Qatari capital Doha, with a population of about 2.4 million, is bracing itself for the huge influx of visitors, with hotel accommodation extremely scarce.

Some fans will stay in 1,000 traditional Qatari tents, while others will sleep on cruise ships docked in Doha.

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