by Dan Evans
In a follow-up to his 2019 Planet article on fan culture, Dan Evans gives the reasons why he left Qatar early. He argues that a beloved sub-culture had been appropriated by the Welsh political establishment, in a wider context of foreign direct investment and an emerging Gulf Cold War.
The World Cup was a miserable experience.
Due to the expense and perceived dullness of Qatar (£200 a night for a tin shack in the fan zone), we opted to stay in Dubai (a mere 1k a week) and use the flight ‘shuttle’ service between Dubai and Qatar on match day (£250 return x 3). In my head this would give us the best of both worlds – partying in Dubai, then a seamless short hop on the day of the game.Sign in to read more