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Qatar World Cup 2022 Near 3 Million Tickets

A woman takes a photograph of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 countdown clock in Doha, Qatar, Oct. 17, 2022.

Nearly three million tickets have been sold for the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament kicking off in Qatar on Nov. 20, FIFA's president Gianni Infantino and event organizers said on Monday.

The top three purchasing countries of the 2.89 million tickets sold are Qatar, the United States and Saudi Arabia, World Cup Chief Operating Officer Colin Smith told reporters in Doha.

FIFA's Infantino said 240,000 hospitality packages had been sold for the month-long tournament.

Qatar, the smallest country to have hosted soccer's global showpiece tournament, is preparing to receive an estimated 1.2 million visitors during the World Cup. It is the first Middle Eastern country to host the tournament.

Thousands of fans are expected to stay in neighboring countries like the United Arab Emirates and fly in to Doha for matches due to limited accommodations in Qatar.

Yasir Al Jamal, the director general of Qatar's World Cup organizing committee, told the news conference that 2 million room nights have been sold and an additional 30,000 rooms have been added to accommodate last-minute ticket sales.

Many hotel rooms in Doha will be occupied by soccer teams, their support staff and World Cup officials.

Japan will be the first team to arrive for the tournament on Nov. 7, Smith said.