Qatar is racing against time to complete the facilities for hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022, as the first Arab and Middle Eastern country to host the largest tournament in the world of football.
In 2019, Doha made great strides in its preparations for the World Cup, which in 2010 won the right to host it between November 21 and December 18, 2022.
In May 2019, Doha officially opened Al Janoub Stadium, the second World Cup stadium, by hosting the Amir Cup final between Al Sadd and Al Duhail.
This is the first fully built stadium for the tournament, and it opened three and a half years before its launch.
In May 2017, Doha opened the Khalifa International Stadium, after it was reconstructed according to standards set by the International Football Association (FIFA).
Doha intends to complete the stadiums, projects and logistics related to the World Cup, sufficient time before the tournament, to allow them to be tested.
The year 2019 was an exceptional year in the preparations map, as it witnessed more than an important stop on the championship road.
Doha announced in July 2019 the completion of 75% of the championship facilities plan, and the passing of 200 million hours.
The Higher Committee for Projects responsible for the preparations revealed that work had been completed on 3 other stadiums, namely, Education City, Al Bayt, and Al Rayyan, in addition to the completion of work at Al Thumama Stadium, and that work on the remaining two stadiums, Lusail and Ras Abu Aboud, had reached advanced stages.
Education City Stadium was on the verge of the official opening of the FIFA Club World Cup, which Qatar hosted earlier in December 2019, but the opening was postponed to a later event to allow more opportunity for the stadium test.
Qatar is preparing in 2020 to unveil 4 stadiums at once, which are Al Thumama, Al Bayt, Education City and Al Rayyan, that is, half of the championship stadiums.
In February 2019, Qatar announced a partnership with FIFA under the name “FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022”, to form a single entity with the aim of facilitating the mechanism of operating and hosting the tournament.
In 2019, Qatar witnessed tournaments that tested its ability to organize the World Cup, including the World Athletics Championships, in late September and early October.
The tournament was praised thanks to the high levels of competition and the good organizational level of the tournament, which was held at Khalifa International Stadium, one of the 2022 World Cup stadiums.
Qatar also hosted two successive football tournaments in late 2019, namely the Gulf Cup “Gulf 24”, with the participation of the eight teams that qualified for the tournament, as well as the FIFA Club World Cup.
Among the stadiums that co-hosted the two tournaments, Al Janoub Stadium and Khalifa International Stadium, which put them to the test, as well as logistics, volunteers and transportation.
In 2020, Qatar will host the seventeenth edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, which is a new opportunity to test the readiness of some facilities and services in order to improve organizational issues.
For the first time since the first World Cup in Uruguay in 1930, the close distances between the stadiums in Qatar will allow fans who want to watch two or three matches per day from the stadiums during the group stage.
The longest distance between two stadiums is the distance between Al Bayt and Al Wakra, which is about 56 km, while the shortest distance is between Khalifa International Stadium and Education City, which is 5.6 km.
This is achieved through a metro network built by Qatar in record time, to reduce the expected congestion in Doha, with the arrival of about one and a half million visitors to follow the most prominent football event in the world.
The new network connects the heart of the city with the airport, important residential areas, stadiums and sports facilities.
Quoted from Anatolia