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Qatar is Ready to Host First FIFA World Cup in the Region

  • Publish date: Friday، 21 October 2022
Qatar is Ready to Host First FIFA World Cup in the Region

For the first time in the history of the tournament, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be held in the Middle East. In just over a month, Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup, according to Nasser Al Khater, the World Cup's chief executive.

Al Khater praised the work done by his staff and all those involved while present at the "One Month to Go" press conference.

He declared, "Qatar is prepared to host a worldwide celebration of the beautiful game."

"We are eager to host supporters and athletes from all around the world as they experience our warm hospitality, a wide range of entertainment opportunities, and, of course, world-class international football.

According to Al Khater, this year's FIFA World Cup "promises to be a unique edition, and one that will have a lasting, beneficial impression on Qatar, the Middle East, and the Arab world."

Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) Director General Yasir Al Jamal stated: "We look forward to organizing a tournament that will live long in the memory of fans from all over the world."

The 2018 World Cup in Qatar will have a total of 74 fields, including the eight stadiums in the nation and the teams' practice fields.

Naturally, both at the training facilities and throughout the stadiums, pitches are at the top of our list of priorities. The 74 total pitches that makeup 2017 World Cup include eight at the stadium, 32 in the base camps, each of which will include two training facilities, and a referee stationed there, according to FIFA's Smith.

Each stadium will have around 700 groundskeepers and artificially grow lights to make up for the lost natural light caused by roof shade.

"Highly expensive World Cup"

Since 2010, when Qatar won the right to bid on hosting the World Cup, the Gulf nation has been constructing monuments to handle the expected 1.5 million guests for the region's first-ever World Cup.

With a $220 billion price tag, this year's event will be the most costly FIFA tournament in history—nearly 20 times what Russia spent in 2018.

According to recent reports, the new World Cup stadiums and infrastructure are partially to blame for the enormous cost hike.

The cost of building stadiums ranged from $6.5 billion to $10 billion, and the majority of the remaining $220 billion was used as part of Qatar 2030 National Plan, a larger initiative focused on building infrastructure, including an innovation center with hotels, an advanced metro system, and airports.

According to Fatma Al Nuaimi, the World Cup's executive director for communications, "the World Cup is a part of the Qatar National Vision 2030, a wider government strategy trying to promote the intensive development of urban and national facilities and industry, in addition to education and healthcare systems," she added. She emphasized that these three developments were all a part of Qatar's larger vision for life after the World Cup.