Qatar will be hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup. This will be a first for the country, which beat out competing bids from countries such as the United States, Japan, Korea Republic and Australia to be named the host.
Qatar has a budget of $4 billion to build 12 stadiums for the event, 9 of which will be new and 3 renovated. Colombian architect Dario Cavidad will serve as the director of the effort, with an aim to provide a climate controlled environment conducive to playing soccer in an otherwise hot country where the average summer temperature is 45 degrees centigrade (113 degrees fahrenheit). Concerns regarding the temperature have raised speculation that FIFA may move the games to winter, although these have not been corroborated.
Judging from the fact that Qatar has its own ice hockey league, odds are it can handle designing a cool stadium for would-be spectators who don’t want to sweat too much.
News that Qatar is hosting the famous tournament has been met with excitement. The first FIFA World Cup to be hosted in the Middle East, it represents a positive sign of change to many. The famous France midfielder Zinedine Zidane, who was part of the bid project for Qatar, had this to say:
Yes, it’s a victory for the Arab world. Qatar has received support from the Arab world as a whole and I think that’s been an important factor. Now they’ve got a little bit of time to get down to work and do what they have to do, which is to harness sport and football to achieve some big things. They’ve got ten years to put a team together and stage a wonderful World Cup.
The Emir of Qatar, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, added:
This achievement is a big one for all Arab countries and I hope that Qatar will successfully stage this tournament. We can promise that the infrastructure will be in place and that all Arabs will support our efforts… A lot of people think that we are a small country, but we can accomplish great things.
Qatar has the world’s second highest per-capita income and one of the world’s fastest growing economies.