World Cup organizers: Airbnb eyed as option for visitors to Qatar

Qatar residents will likely have the option of opening up their homes to fans visiting the country for the 2022 World Cup, tournament organizers said.

Speaking to reporters this week, Hassan Al Thawadi – secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Legacy and Delivery (SCDL), which is overseeing construction of World Cup stadiums and training facilities – said the rise of companies such as Airbnb is a tourism trend that the organization can’t ignore.

“It’s an option people want to have and it’s an option we’d like to provide,” he said. Service providers such as Airbnb allow people to rent out their homes to paying guests.