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World Cup fans put off by prices, beer limits commute by air

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Travel at this World Cup was supposed to be easy in the tiny host nation of Qatar, after fans had to take long flights between cities at the last three tournaments.
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Every few minutes, a Boeing or Airbus rumbles overhead Doha's old airport.
The concept of air shuttles isn't new to the Gulf, where many who live and work in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia or dry Kuwait hop over to Dubai for the weekend to drink freely and have fun in the glittering metropolis.
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“We wanted to stay for five days in Doha. But it was too expensive. We didn't want those weird fan zones," said Ana Santos, a Brazilian fan arriving at Doha's airport on Thursday with her husband.
“In Dubai, we found a fancy hotel for not too much money. On Thursday, Qataris in traditional dress passed out juicy ...
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...dates and Arabic coffee to arriving fans who cheered and snapped photos while draped in their national flags.
Other fans on shuttle flights were turned off by Qatar's alcohol restrictions.
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“We want to have a Dubai experience. That's more interesting for us," said Bernard Boatengh Duah, a doctor from western Ghana ...
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...who bought an all-inclusive Dubai hotel package that gives him match-day flights, as well as unlimited food and alcohol.
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“These are long days. It's exhausting,” said Steven Carroll, a lab technician from Wales, whose flight back to Dubai was delayed an hour, returning him to his Dubai hotel worn-out at 4.a.m after a 24-hour day.
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“The problem is you have to arrive in Qatar a good while before the match and you have to allow even more time to go through the airport.”
“The logistics of this whole system are very complicated for people,” he said. Fans sleeping in the island kingdom enjoy no such easy flights.
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“This region is not always convenient," he said.