Qatar’s vast wealth helps it host FIFA World Cup 2022
From Qatar’s vast oil wealth to its huge contribution in building the infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates in the form of the Al Maktoum International Airport and its links with the West, the Asian country is constantly being drawn to the spotlight of global media.
Now, it’s got plenty of financial clout to make itself noticed in the world of sports, with it being one of the hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup after the Gulf state officially signed a deal to host the tournament on June 18.
“All of these efforts to build the infrastructure of the UAE, whether this be the stadiums, airports and other infrastructure, is not only being done because we want to build something to showcase the region to the world,” Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani told reporters in the UAE on the sidelines of the opening of the new $500m Al Maktoum International Airport.
The infrastructure included a new terminal for the airport, which was inaugurated on May 24. It is an important milestone for Qatar, and to its credit with the project taking nearly seven years to plan and implement, the airport will not only be used to handle the huge influx of visitors for the World Cup, but a year-long event, starting with the opening match between Qatar and Saudi Arabia on June 18.
The UAE, meanwhile, is the host country of the 2018 world-famous Formula 1 Grand Prix, with this year’s race scheduled to take place at the Yas Leisure Park – the first since it ceased to host the race in 2005.
The city is also set to host the Formula Three European Championship from the end of August – which was originally planned to be held at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany, but due to the coronavirus pandemic has been postponed till at least the beginning of 2021.
“It is about the image of not only the country but the region, and for us