FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar Prepares to Host the World’s Largest Sporting Event

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Being partway into October, it’s only a matter of days before November rolls in. While most people might be eager for Christmas, or winter – for us football fanatics, this season means only one thing: FIFA World Cup 2022!

Football’s first Winter World Cup will take place in a tight circle of eight stadiums in and around Qatar’s capital, Doha, making it the most compact World Cup in history. In a recent event, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that Qatar is ‘more than ready’ to host the largest sporting event on earth.

FIFA World Cup 2022: FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that Qatar will deliver the 'best world cup ever'
FIFA World Cup 2022: FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that Qatar will deliver the ‘best world cup ever’

They always played the World Cup in July, but as Qatar received the rights to host FIFA World Cup 2022, officials concluded that a summer World Cup in 120-degree temperatures might bring unneeded problems (like, say, fans and players dying).

The cooling technology did not exist at the time that Qatar got the rights to host the World Cup. Thereby, they agreed to move the tournament to the relatively cooler months of November and December, making it the first world cup to be held in Winter.

As The Times wrote on the day of the vote in 2010:

“Qatar’s bid overcame concerns about heat that can reach 120 degrees there in the summer. Officials say they will build air-conditioned stadiums, spending $4 billion to upgrade three arenas and build nine new ones in a compact area connected by a subway system.”

Qatar’s Infrastructural Preparations

However, they have equipped the stadiums with air-conditioning facilities regardless to control the temperature. Hence, it will also be the first time when there will be air-conditioning in full stadiums.

The country currently has only one football stadium. To cater to the needs of the event, officials are building 7 more stadiums at full pace. However, this is the first time when the matches will take place in only 8 stadiums.

The Education City stadium in Al Rayyan, one of eight built or remodeled for FIFA World Cup 2022
The Education City stadium in Al Rayyan, one of eight built or remodeled for the 2022 World Cup

To ease the problem of commutation, they have connected each venue with the Qatar Metro network. They have assigned different venue to each of the 8 stadiums where the event will take place. For accommodation, the country has signed deals with cruise liners to ensure the stay of 40,000 visitors.

Apart from this, organisers of the music festival Glastonbury, have been roped in to provide tents in the desert for the comfortable stay of fans. Now, you see why we are eager for FIFA World Cup 2022?!


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