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World Cup 2022

A-listers to splash cash on extravagant World Cup parties

A star-studded line-up is set to splash out on after-parties at the Qatar World Cup, according to the region’s event planners. F1 champion Lewis Hamiliton, supermodel Bella Hadid and singers Usher, The Weeknd and French Montana are among the celebrities flying out for the winter tournament, said Bally Singh, founder of the Rich List Group. […]

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Hotelier recruiting 12,000 workers for World Cup

Hotel operator Accor is recruiting 12,000 temporary overseas employees to operate 65,000 empty rooms in apartments and homes in Qatar as temporary fan housing for the 2022 soccer World Cup, its chairman and CEO Sébastien Bazin told Reuters. Qatar is working to avoid an accommodation shortage during the tournament and has hired Accor, Europe’s largest […]

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Most lavish World Cup package costs $1.6m – hotel not included

UAE residents have bought 7,500 hospitality packages for the Qatar World Cup, with the most expensive option costing an eyewatering $1.6 million. Football fans wanting to attend Qatar 2022 matches have two routes: FIFA's ticket lottery, where prices start at 40 riyals ($10.99) for Qatar residents or 250 riyals for international supporters, or one of the official hospitality packages, which begin at $950.

Qatar is hoping to appeal to fans from all generations

Qatar 2022: A smart investment or a $200bn folly?

Doha is banking on long-term economic gains from the World Cup to offset the negative attention it has received since it won the hosting rights  When Qatar won the right to stage the 2022 FIFA World Cup in 2010 it shocked much of the footballing world.  By beating Australia, South Korea, Japan and the US, the […]

Lusail stadium, Qatar

FIFA: ‘We have not lied about Qatar emissions’

FIFA has rejected a report that claims Qatar 2022 will rely on “flimsy” offsets to meet its pledge to host the first carbon-neutral World Cup. The report, compiled by climate advocacy group Carbon Market Watch, alleges that Qatar, the world’s largest producer of natural gas, is omitting some greenhouse gas emissions from its calculations and […]

Flydubai will operate up to 60 daily flights from Dubai, the region's tourism hub, carrying up to 2,500 fans

Gulf airlines to operate over 180 daily Doha flights for World Cup

Qatar Airways said today fellow Gulf Arab airlines would operate more than 180 daily shuttle flights to Qatar during this year’s soccer World Cup, allowing fans to fly in from nearby cities and easing accommodation pressure in Doha. Akbar al-Baker, Qatar Airways CEO, told a news conference that United Arab Emirates airline flydubai, Oman Air, […]

Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani

Some still can’t accept Qatar hosting World Cup, says emir

Qatar’s ruler, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, has told Davos the Middle East has suffered discrimination for decades, in a speech addressing critics of the emirate hosting the World Cup. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, the emir said there were still those who were unable to “accept the idea that an […]

Qatar, the reigning champions, would have the infrastructure to host the Asian Cup thanks to this year's World Cup

Qatar may tackle Asian Cup as replacement host for China

The 2023 Asian Cup could be shifting west to the Gulf, where new infrastructure has made the region a magnet for international tournaments, after China withdrew as host. China had planned to hold the Asian Cup across 10 cities in June-July next year, but has dropped the 24-team tournament because of “exceptional circumstances caused by […]

Qatar looks to Iran for World Cup support

Qatar’s emir is planning to use his visit to Tehran tomorrow to discuss ways Iran can help with the staging of the FIFA World Cup, including increasing flights between the two countries. “Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will travel to Iran tomorrow to follow up on recent agreements and expand bilateral ties, notably cooperation […]

Qatar scores as World Cup host but may not net long-term goals

Tucked behind Doha’s $300-million Lusail Boulevard, where construction workers are toiling to transform desert into a Champs-Elysees-inspired commercial thoroughfare before the 2022 soccer World Cup, sits a sole convenience store. With the main stadium, four skyscrapers and apartments designed for some 200,000 people all in Lusail, its manager Younes waits somewhat anxiously behind his till, […]