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Qatar Wants More Than Just To Host World Cup

November 21st marked the three-year mark before Qatar hosts the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (S.C.), H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, said during an interview that the preparations are now in full swing. In preparation for the event, Qatar will gain valuable experience by hosting the two upcoming sporting events (the Arabian Gulf Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup) before the year’s end.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy is tasked with overseeing all facets involved with the completion of the venues, infrastructure, and operations of the World Cup.

Secretary-General Al-Thawadi stated that two out of the eight stadiums are fully functional and that by midyear 2020 three more stadiums will be fully operational. All eight stadiums are expected to be ready by the end of 2021. Qatar’s national infrastructure plan is also on schedule, with the Doha Metro Red Line expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019 and the entire multi-line system to be completed within the first six months of next year. The Arabian Gulf Cup and FIFA Club World Cup will serve as dry runs for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. These events will allow S.C. to assess its preparedness in areas such as crowd control and fan experience to see where they are performing well and where further improvement is needed.

The SC is looking beyond just keeping development on schedule and getting a couple of trials. Secretary-General Al Thawadi also aims to breakdown stereotypes of the Arab world and further educate visitors on Qatari values and culture.

 

In terms of the first World Cup in the Middle East and Islamic world, I believe the legacy this World Cup will leave is huge.”

First of all, we’re looking at building bridges. There’s no platform in the world today that brings people together like football – and in particular the World Cup – where people on a human to human level can build a very close relationship, can get rid of stereotypes, can appreciate the differences between us in terms of culture and backgrounds, but can nevertheless get together as human beings and as football fans as well.”

– H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

 

Secretary-General Al Thawadi pointed out that the World Cup has advanced and refined Qatar’s policies on four main fronts; economic development, human development, social development, and environmental development (the four pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030). Qatar has also taken large strides in improving migrant rights through the Workers’ Welfare reform and established programs such as Generation Amazing that uses soccer as a sport to help develop leadership and life skills for youth in underprivileged areas.

Additionally, Qatar has taken the impact of climate change into consideration as it prepares for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. An aspect of this policy is the creation of a solar farm that will play in making the 2022 World Cup the first carbon-neutral World Cup in history.

 

My message to the millions of fans that are looking to come to Qatar in 2022: welcome to Qatar, welcome to the Middle East. We’re excited to host you, we’re excited to welcome you and for all of us to celebrate the greatest sport on earth and the greatest event on earth.”

 

H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

 

 

 

 

(Image Source: Twitter – @visitqatar)

 

 

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