The Qatar 2022 World Cup bid is one of the most talked about topics in the media and among football fans, especially now that the FIFA deadline for applications to host the competition is just a few weeks away.
Many rumors have been circulating about why countries are not putting themselves forward, with some nations expressing concern over the summer heat.
However, others have rushed to show their support for Qatar’s bid and we now know exactly why this country was chosen by FIFA as the best host for 2022. Here are 5 reasons why Qatar is the perfect host for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Hot Weather is Ideal for Football
FIFA is all about making the game accessible to everyone, no matter where they are in the world. While Qatar’s hot weather may prove controversial, it does mean that the country has an excellent climate for football.
Summer temperatures in Qatar are about 46 degrees Celsius which means that the average kick-off time should be at 18:00 local time, avoiding the hottest part of the day.
With this in mind, Qatar’s organizers could very easily schedule a tournament that starts in the evening, making games accessible to people all over the world who are not used to playing football in the midday sun.
Playing games in the evening also has the added benefit of avoiding the extreme heat, which could potentially make playing football dangerous.
Qatar Already has the Infrastructure in Place
One of the biggest issues with hosting a major sporting event is the construction required to put in place the facilities that thousands of fans need. However, Qatar has the stadiums and the hotels ready to go, making the 2022 World Cup a drop-in ready competition.
The stadiums that will be used for the football include the Khalifa International Stadium, which has a capacity of 40,000, the Qatar Foundation Stadium, which has a capacity of 60,000, and the Doha Stadium, which holds 60,000. The Hotels that are already in place for the 2022 World of Cup include the Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt Regency, W Doha, Sheraton Doha Hotel, and the Doha Hotel.
The sheer fact that Qatar already has the needed infrastructure in place to host the 2022 World Cup at such short notice is a huge plus for the country.
The World Cup will Help the Country Advance Its Culture and Economy
One of the biggest reasons why countries are hesitant to host major sporting events is the potential harm that these events might cause the economy. The cost of hosting such an event is enormous and many countries have suffered financial difficulties after staging these events.
However, this is unlikely to happen in Qatar. The country has set aside $50 billion to host the 2022 World Cup, but it is also expected to make $200 billion from the tournament as tourists visit the country. The expected boost to Qatar’s economy will be huge, with an added benefit being that the country will also make a name for itself in the world of football.
With Qatar the first Middle Eastern country to ever host the FIFA World Cup, the impact that it will have on the country’s culture and economy will be huge.
Fans From All Over the World Will Be Welcome to Visit Qatar
There have been rumors surrounding the 2022 World Cup, with many people concerned about visiting the country due to recent disputes between Qatar and its neighbors. However, the Qatar 2022 bid committee has stated that fans from all over the world will be welcome to visit.
This means that people from the Middle East as well as Israel, Iran, and all other countries will be able to travel to Qatar without any trouble. This is a great relief to many people who were concerned that they may not be able to travel to participate in the tournament, especially fans who may have families living in the region.
While the Qatar 2022 committee has not yet made any statements about the potential impact on LGBT rights in the country, many people are hoping that Qatar will make the same decision as Russia and host the 2022 World Cup without discriminating against sexual orientation.
Qatar has a Solid Track Record of Successful Hosting Events
The Qatar 2022 committee has been quick to point out that the country has a successful track record of hosting events, including the Asian Football Confederation’s Asian Cup in 2015. The Asian Cup was hosted by Qatar with matches hosted in Doha, Al-Gharafa, Al-Rayyan, Al-Shahaniya, and the Khalifa Stadium.
The Asian Cup was a huge success, with the Qatar 2022 committee pointing out that there were no major issues during the tournament, except for a dust storm that forced the cancellation of one match. With the dust storm being an issue that happens every year in Qatar, this was not considered a major issue for the committee
The Asian Cup also served as a dry run for hosting the 2022 World Cup, giving Qatar’s organizers the chance to test out the stadiums and other facilities ahead of the main event.
The Qatar 2022 committee has put forward an excellent bid to host the FIFA World Cup, with the country having everything it needs to host a successful tournament. The country has an excellent climate for football and has stadiums and hotels ready to go, while hosting the tournament will also help the country advance its culture and economy.
Fans from all over the world will be welcome to visit Qatar, while the country has a solid track record of successful hosting events. Hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup promises to be a huge success for Qatar and will make the country a name in the world of football.