Inside unfinished £175-a-night Qatar fan village with sweltering 38C container cabins and builders are still at work

    WORLD Cup fans are facing sweltering 38c container cabins with broken air conditioning units, dirty water and builders still working on the unfinished camps.

    Qatar has a popped up a number of temporary villages to help accommodate the more than one million fans expected to descend for the sporting extravaganza.

    Sunman Oliver Harvey stayed at one of the £175-a-night cabins near Doha

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    Sunman Oliver Harvey stayed at one of the £175-a-night cabins near DohaCredit: Dan Charity
    Temperatures inside our cabin hit highs to 37C - and the air conditioner was broken

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    Temperatures inside our cabin hit highs to 37C – and the air conditioner was brokenCredit: Dan Charity
    The tube connecting the air con unit to the outside wasn't set up - leaving a gaping hole in the wall

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    The tube connecting the air con unit to the outside wasn’t set up – leaving a gaping hole in the wallCredit: Dan Charity
    Parts of the fan village simply looked unfinished

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    Parts of the fan village simply looked unfinishedCredit: Dan Charity
    Workmen were still on site even as fans moved in for the World Cup

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    Workmen were still on site even as fans moved in for the World CupCredit: Dan Charity

    But despite billions of pounds being ploughed into infrastructure – including an entirely new city – some of it appears to have been hastily knocked together and is less than appealing for fans.

    Sun man Oliver Harvey forked out £175 to spend the night at Fan Village Cabins Free Zone just outside of Doha.

    The tiny container-style cabins house two people in a cramped bedroom with an en suite shower – the the metal structures baking beneath the blazing sun.

    “[It is] constructed on a site which resembled an unfinished car park,” said Oliver.

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    Staying in cabin E11-15, the site wedged between two busy roads and is around 30 minutes away from the luxurious hotel being enjoyed by England.

    After opening up his digs for the night, our reporter was met with a blazing wave of hot air as he stepped inside the “shipping container” cabin.

    He found the air conditioner was not even hooked up – with the tube connecting it to the outside world not even connected and a gaping hole left in the wall of his cabin.

    The container did have a desk-style fan attached to the wall – but it only offer light relief from the insufferable heat.

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    Our man came prepared, and the sweating Oliver got out his thermometer to measure the staggering temperature.

    The mercury quickly climbed to nearly 38C.

    “It [was] really stifling,” said Oliver, “We are going to be ‘oven ready’ England fans after a night in here.”

    When he did manage to get the aircon working, it was incredibly noisy and would likely make it hard to sleep.

    And it only managed to drop it down to 31C.

    Oliver went to test the shower and sink, only to find it was piping hot and the water appeared to be dirty.

    Finding he could spend another “sweltering second” inside his cabin, Oliver headed out to explore the rest of the fan village.

    What he found was rows upon rows of hundreds of cabins arranged on a flat, barren piece of land which appeared to be little more than a car park.

    Beyond hunkering down between the cabins, there was very little shade.

    And that made sitting the prearranged bean bags around the village’s big screen extremely unappealing as the sun beat down.

    Low-flying planes roared overhead in the blue skies in what was quite a strange and bleak World Cup experience.

    Worth the price for a baking hot room? Probably not, says our reporter Oliver Harvey

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    Worth the price for a baking hot room? Probably not, says our reporter Oliver HarveyCredit: Dan Charity
    The fan village looks more like an 'unfinished car park'

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    The fan village looks more like an ‘unfinished car park’Credit: Dan Charity
    At least there was ice cream to help you cool off - but it will set you back XXX

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    At least there was ice cream to help you cool off – but it will set you back XXXCredit: Dan Charity
    The water in our cabin's bathroom ran dirty when we first got there

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    The water in our cabin’s bathroom ran dirty when we first got thereCredit: Dan Charity
    And the pepperoni pizza - with just four pieces of pepperoni - cost £15

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    And the pepperoni pizza – with just four pieces of pepperoni – cost £15Credit: Dan Charity
    There are beanbags to watch the big screen - if you can endure the sweltering heart and baking sun

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    There are beanbags to watch the big screen – if you can endure the sweltering heart and baking sunCredit: Dan Charity

    Oliver managed to find some other fans, running into two men from Japan.

    They agreed their room was “tiny, hot and expensive”.

    “I don’t like it”, one said.

    And the two Japan fans admitted they had a staggering 16 NIGHTS at the camp to endure, questioning whether they would even be able to get to sleep.

    “Outrageous,” they laughed.

    Oliver also ran into two Mexican fans, who despite being in good spirits – agree it was incredibly hot in their cabin.

    Continuing to explore, our man decided to settle down for a meal.

    He picked himself up a pepperoni pizza for £15.

    And despite the grub being quite small with just four pieces of pepperoni on it, Oliver admitted it was “not too bad”.

    After enjoying his lunch, we then found himself in a massive unfinished gravel expanse in the middle of the village.

    Workers were still setting up the giant marquee – which Oliver wasn’t sure it was exactly meant to be, maybe a dining area?

    Qatar has already faced questions over organisation of the World Cup – with reports weeks before the start that the nation simply was not ready.

    Confusion over the sale of beer, infrastructure problems and reports of crowd trouble at the fanzone have already surfaced.

    The tiny country is expected to welcome more than one million fans during the tournament – when the country only has a population of 2.9million.

    Billions have been spent to try and ready the nation for its first attempt at holding an event of this scale.

    Japanese fans at the box village, Naota Endo and Daisuke Kusaba, were also unimpressed

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    Japanese fans at the box village, Naota Endo and Daisuke Kusaba, were also unimpressedCredit: Dan Charity
    Oliver also ran into Mexican fans at the village

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    Oliver also ran into Mexican fans at the villageCredit: Dan Charity
    Other fans agreed with him the rooms were incredibly hot

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    Other fans agreed with him the rooms were incredibly hotCredit: Dan Charity

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