Approximately 2 billion people watched and celebrated the biggest sports event in the world in Russia this year and as the curtains close for 2018, only five letters are in every football fans' mind right now—QATAR.
Football, or soccer, is the world's most loved and widespread sport. And since 1930, when the first World Cup in history happened, the popularity that the sport gained worldwide was since massive, with the number of teams growing from 16 to 24, and now, 32.
Qatar, just like South Africa—the host nation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup—will make its first appearance in a World Cup tournament by virtue of being the host nation.
Roughly 8 years ago, when Qatar won the honor to host the 2022 World Cup, it also vowed to use the golden opportunity to bridge the gap between the Arab world and the West. With 65 matches and a maximum of 12 stadiums all planned for the epic 2022, there's not a single thing that could stop Qatar from getting itself more well-known globally and sports-wise.
There really is no question why Qatar deserves to be awarded the well-fought title to host the ambitious and much-awaited 2022 FIFA World Cup games.
We've listed 10 of the most EPIC reasons to see Qatar in 2022, so keep scrolling!
One obvious reason why Qatar won the glory to become the first Middle Eastern country to host the World Cup is due to its relatively young age—it has only been an independent nation since 1971—making it an effortless standout from its more well-known competitors Australia, Japan, Korea, and the US. When you experience Doha's newness first hand, you'll surely be in awe to see a city that is designed for the present.
Not just that. Qatar is tiny. Russia is 1,478 times bigger. It is by far the smallest nation to host the tournament and it has also never qualified for one. But that diminutive size is what makes it perfect for the cost and time-conscious traveler. Also, Qatar’s two most remote stadiums, Al Bayt and Al Wakrah, are 90 miles apart. Which means that in Qatar, fans will not face the typical problems of being hamstrung by geographical factors. In theory, any game on any given day is a possibility. Or more than one.
The aim is for it to be the most accessible World Cup for those with disabilities and the environmental aspect is at the forefront of the planning. And we can't wait to see how accessible Qatar will look and feel like especially now that another ambitious project, the Qatar Rail, is already on its way and is reported to be 100% fully-functional by year-end.
Set to start operations by 2020, the new Doha Metro, part of the nation’s ambitious Qatar Rail project, will have four lines with an approximate overall length of 300 km and 100 stations. It’s estimated to ferry around 1 million visitors during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as all stadiums are connected through the Metro network.
To get a quick update on how the construction of the Qatar Rail is going, click here.
Qatar is believed to spend around $200 billion USD on infrastructure and other projects in-line with the 2022 World Cup. The Supreme Committee has revised the number of stadiums from 12 initial stadiums to 8. If FIFA accepts Qatar's proposal, the 2022 World Cup will be played in the fewest stadiums since Argentina hosted the tournament in 1978 across just six stadiums.
We have the figures for you and you can check them out here:
To familiarize yourself with the eight futuristic and sustainable football stadiums set to be erected in Qatar in 2022, click here.
If you have the time to check out and scrutinize the world map, then you might stumble upon the realization that maybe, another surprising reason why the World Cup is happening in Qatar is because its location is very ideal as it's strategically—and literally—situated at the center of the Earth! Moreover, Qatar is expecting a whopping 1.2 million visitors to attend the games in 2022. This is double the estimate of people that visited Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. Analysts believe the number could go even higher as Qatar’s central location means football fans from Europe, Africa, Asia and the MENA region are expected to make the journey.
If you're planning to visit Qatar for the first time in 2022, you might want to read through these helpful and worth-knowing travel tips.
Moving away from the summer due to the extreme heat of Qatar, 2022 will be the first winter World Cup in the Northern Hempishere, with all World Cups played in June and July in the Southern Hemisphere being during their winter season, just like Brazil in 2014. It's not quite clear just yet how it will impact the club seasons throughout the world, but the weather in November and December will be fantastic in Qatar—and we're stating it confidently this early.
To know the 10 ways on how to stay healthy during Qatar's cold winter months, click here.
From approximately 400,000 people only a few years ago, Qatar's population has now grown to over 2.7 million. This development is a living testament to Qatar's commitment of being not only a well-maintained sanctuary for its massive expatriate population, but also a perfect setting for football lovers where they can easily converse and make friends with almost everyone as English is the premier language of the country apart from Arabic.
For the Top 10 updated statistical figures on Qatar's sharply rising population count, click here.
It was reported that Qatar Airways—voted by Skytrax as the second best airline in the world for 2018—and the posh Hamad International Airport (HIA) are set to receive more than 1300 flights a day during the games that will last for one whole month. Also, Qatar Airways just introduced new destinations for 2017 and we won't be surprised if they add a few more bunch before the year ends!
Furthermore, we've reported just recently that the HIA has served a total of 7.8 million passengers in the second quarter of 2018 according to second quarter results. HIA has handled 53,517 aircraft movements in the second quarter of 2018, achieving an increase of 2.42 % compared to the previous quarter. HIA has also handled 540,357 tonnes of cargo in the second quarter of 2018, which is 5% more than the amount of cargo handled in the first quarter of the year.
Drool over the all-new Qatar Airways destinations by clicking here.
We all know how safe and secured Qatar is both from crime and natural disasters. But were you informed that it is also one of the happiest countries in the world? The truth is, from 35th last year, Qatar has been ranked 32nd happiest country in the world in the World Happiness Report 2018 released by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)—a United Nations (UN) global initiative. In 2016, Qatar was placed at the 36th position, making the jump 4 slots higher from 2 years ago. The leap also made Qatar the second happiest country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
For the twelve reasons why Qatar is a happy place to live in, click here.
Everything in Qatar, from the doors you walk through, the malls you shop in, to the cabs you hail are all designed for convenience, safety and aesthetics. And with all the futuristic infrastructure projects coming up, shortage of hotel rooms won't surely be a problem for the tournament. Statistics say that Qatar is expected to have over 65,000 hotel rooms required by FIFA at the end of 2021—this is apart from outdoor accommodation, cruise ships, etc.
To make things more exciting, a host of malls will surround the World Cup stadiums, with globally-renowned brands and restaurants catering to over 2 million visitors.
How massive are all these plans?
Yes, you read it right. We're including the GCC embargo on this list simply because the people and government have completely moved on from it and it has brought mostly—we never expected that—positive effects to the country's overall development. One reason why Qatar was able to survive the setback imposed by its neighbors is because of its multinational people who were there to support the government and stand by the Emir's words since the sudden breakout of the now more than one-year-old GCC rift.
Which leads us to #10...
To know the positive effects of the blockade to Qatar and its people, click here.
To know the expats' views on the blockade, click here.
His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the father Emir, once said in the bid book: “Hosting the world’s most prestigious sporting competition here in an Arab country for the first time would make incredible strides in further uniting the Middle East with the rest of the world and forging links between people of all backgrounds.”
And did we mention that Qatar's Amir is also a BIG football fan? You can know more about him by clicking here.
We'll be posting more on the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, so make sure to always keep a close eye on our website! For comments and suggestions, just leave us a line and also, don't forget to like and share this article—it keeps us going!
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