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Ticket sales for the soccer World Cup are approaching three million ahead of the tournament’s start in Qatar on November 20, according to Fifa president Gianni Infantino and event organizers on Monday.

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Qatar, the United States, and Saudi Arabia were the top three purchasing countries among the 2.89 million tickets sold, according to World Cup Chief Operating Officer Colin Smith at a news conference in Doha.

Infantino said in a video address to the conference that 240 000 hospitality packages had been sold for the month-long tournament, the first to be held in a Middle Eastern country.

Qatar, the smallest country to host soccer’s global showpiece tournament, expects an estimated 1.2 million visitors during the World Cup.

Due to a lack of accommodations in Qatar, thousands more fans are expected to fly into Doha and stay in nearby nations like the vacation hotspot United Arab Emirates.

Yasir Al Jamal, the director general of the Qatari World Cup organizing committee, announced during a press conference that 2 million room nights had been booked and that 30 000 more rooms had been added to accommodate last-minute ticket purchases.

The World Cup authorities, soccer teams, and their support staff will occupy several hotel rooms in Doha.

On November 7, according to Smith, Japan will be the first team to arrive for the competition.

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