Qatar’s goals: Using the World Cup to diversify the economy
21 November 2022 | 5:29 am
This week, we're focusing on Qatar and asking what the economic impact of hosting the FIFA World Cup could be. Can this be a transformative event for the gas-dependent country? Or will it be a financial abyss worth an estimated $200 billion? We ask Alexis Antoniades, an economics professor at Georgetown University’s campus in Qatar.
A football fan from Saudi Arabia has finally reached Doha after walking 1,600 kilometres from Jeddah to attend the Qatar World Cup matches. Abdullah Al Sulmi, 33, an experienced trekker, arrived on Monday after 55 days. All he carried was a backpack, trekking pole and Saudi and Qatari flags.
Unpaid wages, under-reporting of migrant worker deaths and an eye-watering carbon footprint are just some of the concerns being expressed by human rights groups and environmentalists as Qatar prepares to host one of the planet's biggest sporting events. Just weeks before the opening match, we bring you a special edition on the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Former Germany captain and World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger told DW he's not sure the current crop are good enough to win in Qatar. He also said the controversial World Cup hosts should be judged post-tournament.
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The FIFA World Cup is usually a huge event for advertisers. Qatar 2022 is mired in controversy, yet it doesn’t appear to have put off too many of the corporate giants associated with the event.
The World cup, now just under a week away, is the world's most-watched sports competition. But between accusations of corruption and rights abuses in this year's host country Qatar, the 2022 World Cup is arguably among the most controversial.
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