Qatar spending $500M a week on 2022 World Cup preparations

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While the global fluctuation of energy prices has effected Qatar recently, the country with the world's third-largest collection of natural gas and oil reserves is spending lavishly to overhaul its entire infrastructure for the event.

The Emirate is expected to spend more than $200 billion in total by 2022.

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is reported to have cost $11bn (£8.8bn) to host, while Russian Federation increased government spending on the 2018 World Cup by $321m to $10.7bn.

To put that into perspective, Qatar is looking at spending $200 billion by the time the tournament kicks off, which is 19 times more than Russian Federation is projected to spend ($10.7 billion) and 18 times more than Brazil spent ($11 billion).

Qatar is spending more than NZ$680m a week on infrastructure to ready the Arab country for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

At the same time, the impetus for the rapid development of the infrastructure is the 2022 World Cup.

BBC has reported that in 2014 World Cup, Brazil was reported to have spent about $11 billion. The next World Cup is set for 2018 in Russian Federation. The extreme temperatures became a concern after Qatar became the host and the tournament was moved to November - December 2022. But the report from the Qatari government suggests that Qatar had already awarded 90 percent of the contracts for the 2022 World Cup projects.

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil went on without any major problems but the country did struggle to have all of its stadiums ready by the start of the event.

In 2016, Amnesty raised the alarm about conditions for workers refurbishing the stadium, and accused Qatar of using forced labour and putting profit before safety. Of those 12 stadia, nine of them are being built from scratch, with the other three being redeveloped. For that tournament, 48 teams will compete in the group stage and 32 will advance.


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