On Dec. 2, 2010, FIFA awarded Qatar hosting rights to one of the most popular sporting events on the planet – the 2022 World Cup. This was announced after the members of the FIFA executive committee had their voting in Zürich.
HH the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani and Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser attended the ceremony organized by the FIFA to celebrate the announcement of the names of countries selected to the football's biggest tournament in 2018 and 2022.
HH the Father Emir held the trophy and HE Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad Al Thani, Chairman of the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee received the World Cup host certificate from Blatter.
In a brief speech after receiving the Certificate, HE Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad Al-Thani said, expressing gratitude: “thank you for believing in us and giving us a chance … we will never deceive u and promise that you will be proud of the Middle East”.
Qatar bid file for hosting the 2022 WC is pretty convincing as regards the projected Key event facilities. The bid envisions a concentration of all the stadiums hosting the tournament in a relatively compact area within a radius of 60 kilometers except one.
In terms of legacy, there is a strong commitment to having a carbon-neutral World Cup, especially through utilization of environmentally friendly cooling technologies.
The bid States Qatar’s commitment to building nine new stadiums and upgrading 3 existing ones. Qatar also positions its bid as an opportunity to reinforce Unity in the Middle East Region and trigger a surge in economic growth and create job opportunities in the Qatari market.
An infrastructure construction and renovation budget of approximately USD 70 billion has been projected. Although most of the existing road networks have been constructed in the past ten years, the Qatari government is committed to spend USD 20 billion on its expansion until 2016.
The building of new roads linking the new Doha International Airport to all Qatari cities and of the Qatar Bahrain Causeway (also referred to as the Qatar Bahrain Friendship Bridge) by 2015 has been as well projected.