World Cup fans pay ,600 to stay in non-air-conditioned tents far from the action in Qatar

World Cup fans pay $4,600 to stay in non-air-conditioned tents far from the action in Qatar

A Qatari accommodation retailer wowed football fans during the World Cup by offering rooms in a marquee on a desert farm for nearly AUD 5,000 per night.

While some people were upset about paying around $350 AUD per night for meager accommodation in fan villages on either side of the major stadiums, the Heenat Salma Farm Fan Village offers a very different – and much more expensive – experience.

If you like tents in the middle of the desert and don't mind paying big for the experience, a Qatari accommodation provider has the perfect deal for you: 'rooms' on a farm

If you like tents in the middle of the desert and don’t mind paying big for the experience, a Qatari accommodation provider has the perfect deal for you: ‘rooms’ on a farm

Prices were set on November 25 at a modest $1,023 per night

They were a lot more expensive before the World Cup started

Prices were set at a modest $1,500 AUD per night on November 25. They were a lot more expensive before the World Cup started (right)

For a whopping $4,606 per night, fans can “enjoy” a non-air-conditioned tent experience with housekeeping coming in to change linen only once every three days or at the changeover.

Although there is no air-conditioning, there are pedestal fans to blow the 32 degree daytime temperature back in your face.

The property is 17 km from Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium and 18 km from Mall of Qatar, so you can forget about the quick and easy access to games, shops and a cold beer.

These Socceroos fans were lucky enough to find better accommodation, with air conditioning and access to beer

These Socceroos fans were lucky enough to find better accommodation, with air conditioning and access to beer

Some of the amenities offered are a gym made of wood, a massage treatment tent, a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and majlis, which is an Arabic term for sitting rooms.

Fan Village Heenat Salma Farm has also awarded itself a generous five out of five suns, although this is not an official rating system and is made by the owners, not a governing body or guest-left reviews.

The village is run by the Qatari company Caravane Earth, which advertises itself as ‘a foundation that promotes social, cultural and environmental transformation’.

“Today, financial growth dominates our sense of connection to the earth. We treat natural resources as raw materials and find value only in the profit they bring. Ancient crafts are viewed through museum glass, while heritage is replaced by customs that serve the immediate comfort of a privileged few.

Like sitting?  There are plenty of places to rest and enjoy the 32 degree temperatures in the dead of Qatar's winter

Like sitting? There are plenty of places to rest and enjoy the 32 degree temperatures in the dead of Qatar’s winter

The farmhouse's swimming pool is very useful for guests, who can also keep in shape by using the wooden gym

The farmhouse’s swimming pool is very useful for guests, who can also keep in shape by using the wooden gym

‘At Caravane we sow, practice and support ethical entrepreneurship driven by positive systemic impact, with the aim of reconnecting people with their roots, nature and with themselves.’

Still, Caravane Earth didn’t seem super against winnings ahead of the World Cup, when a Japanese fan posted a screenshot of an outrageous overnight fee of QAR 10,935, which works out to $3,064, or about $4,600 in Australian currency.

Some of the sitting and dining areas are quite nice and even have a single ceiling fan which should be more than enough to negate the desert heat

Some of the sitting and dining areas are quite nice and even have a single ceiling fan which should be more than enough to negate the desert heat

The rooms don't have air conditioning and you might not get your sheets changed for three days, but for $4500 you DO get a pedestal fan

The rooms don’t have air conditioning and you might not get your sheets changed for three days, but for $4500 you DO get a pedestal fan

Qatar World Cup fan village, tents have finally appeared. It is called “Fan Village Heenat Salma Farm” and is extremely expensive at USD 3,064 per night,” the fan wrote.

‘It’s very spacious and has a pool, and it’s a great facility that’s far from glamping, and it’s very different from the tent we imagine. The location is about 20 km west of the center of Doha.’

Despite the eye-watering price tag, visitors have given mostly positive reviews of the property and particularly enjoy the organic food and artisan experiences on offer.

The pool is undoubtedly one of the most popular features of the converted farm resort

The pool is undoubtedly one of the most popular features of the converted farm resort

The accommodation is simple and clean, but many fans would balk at the price tag

The accommodation is simple and clean, but many fans would balk at the price tag

‘We spent one night at the farm Heenat Salma and enjoyed it very much. The farm is very pretty – although, as we learned, it’s best to come in the winter to have even more greenery around and to see the kitchen garden at its best,” wrote a guest on TripAdvisor.

‘The staff are very attentive and welcoming, they did everything they could to make our stay comfortable and memorable. A great escape from the usual life in Doha.’

However, one guest spoke of the horrific experience they had leading up to the World Cup when construction noise drowned out their entire stay.

The buildings are simple and have thatched roofs, because nature comes before profit, right?

The buildings are simple and have thatched roofs, because nature comes before profit, right?

More places to sit.  If you like to sit and don't mind the heat then this really is the perfect place for you

More places to sit. If you like to sit and don’t mind the heat then this really is the perfect place for you

‘We stayed one night at Heenat Salma Farm, but unfortunately we couldn’t sleep. Construction work near our tent from 1 a.m. non-stop until morning,” they wrote in their review.

‘Engine noise back and forth and truck loading stones and driving after our tent. It was surreal as we hoped to find peace and quiet and escape the relentless construction work in Doha city.

“Even during breakfast there were workers drilling right next to the kitchen. So this was a restless and shocking experience for us.’

For fans looking for last minute accommodation for the two remaining Socceroos matches in Qatar, the price of an overnight stay at Fan Village Heenat Salma Farm had dropped to around AUD$1500 per night at the time of publication.

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