Qatar 2022: Four years to go
Doha: Thursday marks exactly four years to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar kick-off. Preparations continue as Qatar takes every step possible to make the FIFA World Cup in West Asia the best ever.
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Population: 2.7 million
Capital city: Doha
Official language: Arabic (English is widely used)
Currency: Qatari riyal
-Before the discovery of oil in 1940, Qatar’s economy focused on fishing and pearl hunting
-Qatar has the third highest natural gas reserves in the world
-Home of Al Jazeera Media Network, Qatar Airways and Aspire Academy
-Qatar Sports Investments owns Paris Saint-Germain Football Club
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His Excellency Hassan Al Thawadi, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Secretary General.
“In four years’ time, 1.5 million fans will descend on Qatar from every corner of the globe and billions more will tune in on their TVs, smartphones and tablets to watch 28 days of football. It will be a momentous occasion for the teams participating, the fans watching, and for the whole Arab world, which is eagerly anticipating hosting the showpiece event of the most popular sport in the world for the first time ever."
Gianni Infantino, FIFA President
“The recent World Cup in Russia set a high benchmark and there are many lessons we can learn from Russia. The first one is how to welcome so many people – 1.5 million people came to Russia to enjoy the World Cup and they were all welcomed in a way that was unexpected to many.
"There were many fears about Russia, but it turned out to be a very safe World Cup, a very welcoming World Cup, in a country that made fans feel good. The whole population contributed to that and I'm sure the same will happen here in Qatar.”
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21 November 2022 – 18 December 2022
The tournament will take place over 28 days, with the final being held on 18 December 2022, which is Qatar National Day.
Seven stadiums are currently under construction, while one venue – Khalifa International Stadium – has been redeveloped and was inaugurated on 19 May 2017. Main works on all stadiums will be completed two years before the tournament begins.
The longest distance between stadiums will be just 55km (Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City to Al Wakrah Stadium). The shortest distance will be 5km (Al Rayyan Stadium to Education City Stadium), meaning fans will be able to attend more than one match a day during the group stage.
Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will be the first fully demountable tournament venue in FIFA World Cup history. It will be built out of shipping containers and other modular building blocks that will be repurposed post-tournament into smaller sports and non-sports venues.
The 80,000 capacity Lusail Stadium will host the opening match and final in 2022.
The total budget for the stadiums and training sites Qatar is constructing.
18°C to 24°C
The average temperature expected during the tournament – meaning perfect conditions for players and fans.
Fans will have a variety of accommodation options that suit every budget, including hotels, apartments, desert camps and cruise ships. Thanks to the compact nature of the tournament, fans, players and officials will only need to stay in one place throughout the tournament.
Fans will arrive at the newly-built Hamad International Airport, which will have an annual capacity of 50,000,000 by 2022. Getting around will be easy thanks to public transport, notably the new metro system.
Following the success of FIFA Fan ID during Russia 2018, Qatar is considering a similar solution for fans during 2022.
Nationals from a total of 80 countries can take advantage of visa-free entry into Qatar.
Approximately 1.5 million fans expected to visit Qatar during the tournament.
Hamad International Airport is a major transport hub and a vital link between the Americas, Europe and Asia. The extensive Qatar Airways network means passengers can fly directly to more than 150 destinations.
More than 3 billion fans across Asia and Europe will benefit from prime time viewing during the tournament thanks to convenient kick-off times.
Qatar benefits from one of the lowest crime rates in the world and is consistently ranked as the safest country in the region. Qatar is working with international experts such as INTERPOL, the Council of Europe, the UK Home Office, French Gendarmerie and other partners to ensure the safety and security of visitors in 2022.
Football in Qatar
The 12-team QNB Stars League is the top professional league in Qatar. Famous players include World Cup winner Xavi Hernandez and Dutch legend Wesley Sneijder.
Qatari side Al Sadd has won the AFC Champions League twice, in 1989 and 2011. Qatar’s national team has won a number of major honours, including the gold medal at the 2006 Asian Games, three Gulf Cup titles and one West Asian Football Federation championship. Qatar’s national team will take part in the 2019 Copa America.
Sun, beach and water
Fans will enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere in 2022, along with plenty of activities. From sunbathing at one of Qatar’s many beaches, to dune bashing and watersports, visitors will have plenty to do away from the football. Visit the National Tourism website for more information.
Visit www.sc.qa to keep up to date with the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.