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England fan in Qatar finds eerie abandoned apartment blocks where workers who built stadiums allegedly lived

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<p>An England football fan exploring "hidden Qatar" found "eerie abandoned apartment blocks" where workers who built the stadium allegedly lived.</p><p>Rob Dawley, 21, was visiting the country to support England in the World Cup, and decided on a whim to head to less explored areas.</p><p>On his day out, he stumbled upon "a migrant camp", which he denied access to, and was then taken by his taxi driver to the city centre of Mesaieed - a city in Qatar.</p><p>At first, Rob was met with no entry signs around the entire city centre, which was made up of several abandoned apartment blocks.</p><p>By chance, the lucky England fan stumbled upon some friendly security guards, who gave him a private tour of the apartments, as "they were being demolished in a few months anyway".</p><p>Rob, a former butcher, from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, said: "I came to watch the footy with my friend, but on Thursday, in between football days, I decided I wanted to explore.</p><p>"I messaged my mate who's dad used to live in Qatar and asked him to recommend somewhere he wouldn't go - he gave me a list and Messaieed was on there.</p><p>"I got on the local metro in Qatar and met someone called Hassan at the bus stop, he told me he was a migrant doctor and living in a camp nearby so I followed him.</p><p>"They didn't let me in the camp, so I got a cab to the city centre of Messaieed and I couldn't believe what I was seeing.</p><p>"I'm a sucker for an eastern European tower block, and there were 25 to 30 of them completely abandoned, I just thought this is a bit of me.</p><p>"But when I walked up there were no entry signs everywhere, I could have easily hopped the fence but I thought I better not I am in Qatar.</p><p>"Luckily, I saw a security car, so I walked over and got chatting to one of them in the car and he said 'You know what mate, I'm going to give you a private tour - they're demolishing them in a few months anyway.'</p><p>"His name was Sadiq and he was an absolute top geezer."</p><p>Rob uploaded a TikTok video of his outing, which has now racked up over two million views.</p><p>The video tours around the inside of one of the abandoned flats, where the security said those who helped build the world cup stadiums stayed.</p><p>Rob said the accommodation was nice, and "far better than my university accommodation'" but was unsure about how many people would have stayed in each apartment.</p><p>Rob caught the travel bug three years ago, when he visited 12 countries in 12 months in 2019.</p><p>He has visited 23 countries in total, and often asks locals where not to go, and then actively seeks to explore those areas. </p><p>He's been on a mission to show people "the unseen side of Qatar", which led him to the flats.</p><p>He said: "Personally I was surprised by how decent it was and how well it was all put together.</p><p>"The infrastructure was brilliant, there were two balconies in the flat and one of the rooms had an en-suite.</p><p>"Of course it depends how many people were staying in the flat.</p><p>"If there were six or seven per room then it would be absolutely horrible, but if you renovated that flat and put it in London it would be worth millions.</p><p>"I must say it was very eerie though, I don't think the TikTok quite captures that."</p>
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