As the countdown to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™ accelerates, preparations are increasing in Qatar to provide an exceptional experience that allows football fans from all over the world to enjoy the magic of the Middle East and get to know its distinctive culture.
As for the development of project work for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the infrastructure for the tournament is 90% complete; Three of the eight stadiums have been declared ready, and major works on the other two stadiums have been completed, and all stadiums should be completed more than a year before the start of the tournament, allowing their readiness to be tested well before the event.
The three declared stadiums – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium and Education City Stadium – hosted more than 100 matches this year under strict precautionary measures imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, raising awareness among organizers to resort to innovative alternatives to encourage football activities. Return.
The development of infrastructure and construction works carried out by the State of Qatar for the purpose of the championship are also proceeding according to plan. The modern Doha metro is now operating at full capacity and the country is nearing the end of local and expressways, and the expansion of Hamad International Airport is on track, as the airport is expected to meet the needs of more than 50 million passengers a year by 2022. .
Infantino praised the very important work reforms recently announced by the Qatari government and said: “Qatar has made progress in building the stadium, while ensuring strict measures are taken to protect workers’ health, and the AFC Champions League matches in Qatar show their flexibility and ability. in difficult conditions. “
The FIFA President continued: “During my brief visit to Doha a few weeks ago, I witnessed first-hand the impressive progress in the preparations and look forward to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™ in the light of the positive transformation it has brought at local and regional level. , as well as the unique experience it will provide. The tournament is intended for fans from different countries to watch the best version of the World Cup ever. “
For his part, His Excellency Mr. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Heritage, expressed pride in the progress that Qatar has made over the past ten years and said: “The championship and infrastructure projects have developed remarkably is planned, so that we can witness together. And that long before the start of the whistle in the World Cup, announcing the readiness of all stadiums for the tournament. “
“The inherited tournament programs have started to leave a positive impact on people’s lives in areas like workers’ rights, education and entrepreneurship, ”Al-Thawadi said, noting that this edition of the tournament is of great importance to Qatar and the region as a whole.
Al-Thawadi stressed that during the tournament, billions of people will be able to get to know the Middle East and the Arab world up close, noting that “this will be the first time for many to learn about our culture.”
Al-Thawadi expressed his aspirations to make the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™ a “gathering place where everyone is welcome”, and the tournament will contribute to “widening bridges of mutual understanding between cultures from around the world and presenting an honest picture of the Arab world and region The Middle East. “
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™ is expected to be the closest tournament in the modern era. The longest distance between the stadium and the second stadium does not exceed 75 km, while the shortest is 5 km, which offers players numerous advantages, including increased rest, training and restriction of movement, avoiding the hassle of domestic flights, accommodation and training in one place throughout the tournament period , in addition to the ability to watch more than one match a day in the group stage, in light of the tournament schedule, which is packed with four matches a day.
It is worth noting that the opening date of the World Cup was announced last July at the stunning Al Bayt Stadium, which has a capacity of 60,000 spectators. The design of the stadium is inspired by a traditional poetry house that symbolizes hospitality and welcome, while the final match will take place at Lusail Stadium. Which can accommodate 80,000 spectators on December 18, 2022, and coincides with the State Day of the State of Qatar.