Mark Lobel, a BBC journalist based in Dubai, was one of roughly a dozen international reporters and photographers invited by the Ministry of Labor to visit several worker accommodation developments in Qatar earlier this month.
As the country builds a flurry of new accommodations in advance of the 2022 football tournament, professional services firm Deloitte says a gap is emerging between the supply of hotel rooms and actual demand.
Harold Mayne-Nicholls, a possible challenger to Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presiden, proposed fans and players "sleep during the day and work during the night" to avoid the heat and make a summer 2022 World Cup happen.
Qatar has been trying to bolster support for its hosting of the 2022 World Cup, while the UAE has been working to leverage international perception of Doha through negative articles about its funding of certain rebel groups.
Local organizers of the 2022 World Cup say a contract has been awarded to refurbish Khalifa International Stadium, narrowing the final list of venues that will be used for the international football tournament.