During the bidding process for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar was awarded the hosting rights. As the host nation, Qatar will become the first country in the Middle East to host the World Cup. The country will be a new destination for fans to attend the World Cup.
The World Cup will be held in Qatar, a small country that is protruding 100 miles into the Persian Gulf. It shares one of the world’s largest natural gas fields with neighboring Iran. Qatar is about the size of Rhode Island.
The country is largely sandy in nature, with the majority of its land area being flat. Most of the population is located in Doha, the capital. The city is located along the east coast of the country. It is home to a total of 2.9 million people. In the last year, the country’s population grew by 14%.
The host country has invested billions of dollars into major European football clubs. A major part of the project has been the construction of major highways and rails. In addition, security professionals from other countries have been imported to strengthen the local police force.
In order to ensure that fans can get to and from the stadiums, Qatar has created a new tram system. It will connect the eight stadiums that will host matches during the tournament. Among other benefits, the system will enable fans to attend multiple matches on a single day.
Qatar has also invested billions of dollars into a new metro system that will connect all eight stadiums. It will also be linked by a fleet of electric buses. The city has also created a ‘Hayya Card’ that will allow fans to ride the tram and public transportation for free during match days. There will also be a dance music festival that will take place during the World Cup. The event will borrow elements from the Glastonbury music festival in England.
A new wave of migrant workers has arrived to help staff the hotels and stadiums. Human rights groups have highlighted the toll migrant workers have taken on the country. Some have been injured, and others have not received promised pay. Others have returned home sick.
The city of Doha will be overwhelmed by fans for the month-long tournament. More than a million fans are expected to make the trip. Many hotels and apartments have not yet completed in time for the kickoff, which raises questions about fan experience.
During the bidding process for the World Cup, Qatar was accused of discriminating against LGBTQ people. This has remained a major point of controversy. In the years leading up to the World Cup, human rights groups have revealed the toll migrant workers have taken in Qatar. The Qatar Sports Council has made an effort to promote a more inclusive World Cup.
Qatar will host the World Cup in November and December. The tournament will be played in eight stadiums spread across five cities.