2022 World Cup hosts Qatar spending $500 million a week – finance minister
ESPN FC’s Stuart Holden and Shaka Hislop discuss the latest decision made by FIFA that will see the first winter World Cup final set for Dec. 18 in Qatar.
Qatar is spending $500 million a week on the country’s infrastructure to ensure it is prepared to host the 2022 World Cup.
The country’s finance minister Ali Shareef Al-Emadi said that over $200 billion will be spent in total on stadiums, roads, a new airport and hospitals.
“We are spending close to $500m per week on capital projects,” he told journalists.
“And this will carry on for the next three to four years to achieve our goal and objective of really getting the country ready for 2022.
Al Bayt Stadium will be a host venue at the 2022 World Cup.
“Ninety per cent of the 2022 contracts have already been awarded.
“That doesn’t mean the stadiums only, we are talking about highways, rail, ports, airports, those are really underway, even hospitals and everything.
“We are really giving ourselves a good chance of delivering things on time and we don’t want to get in a place that we start painting while people are coming to the country.”
Qatar has come under fierce criticism over living and working conditions for workers since being awarded the 2022 World Cup in a contentious vote six years ago.
World Cup 2022 labourers in Qatar are to be given “cooling” hard hats which reduce their body temperature as they build football stadiums in the fierce desert heat.
The innovative technology uses a solar-powered fan to reduce the skin temperature by up to 10 degrees, said the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the body overseeing the controversial tournament’s organisation.
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“We are confident that this technology will create more comfortable and safer working conditions,” said Saud Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Ghani, an engineering professor at Qatar University, where the hat has been developed.
The cooling hat scheme could be rolled out by next summer, officials said.
Summertime temperatures in Qatar regularly approach 50C (122F).
“Our objective was to reduce heat stress and heat strokes for workers in Qatar and the region during the summer months,” said Abdul-Ghani.