Two years to go: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 countdown draws closer

Two years to go: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 countdown draws closer

By QLSports

Saturday, November 21 marks exactly two years until the next and ground-breaking edition of the FIFA World Cup begins in Qatar.

The compact nature, modern landscape, and fascinating culture offered by the first edition of the event to be held in the Middle East and Arab world will guarantee a unique experience in 2022.

Among the many distinctive features, traveling fans will have the opportunity to potentially attend more than one match a day during the group stage, which will feature an exciting schedule with four daily fixtures.

Infrastructure planned for the event has reached 90 percent completion, with the three stadiums that have already been finalized – Khalifa International, Al Janoub and Education City – safely hosting more than 100 matches in 2020 in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three more tournament venues are in the final stages of construction: Al Rayyan, Al Bayt, and Al Thumama.

The main works at the remaining two stadiums, Ras Abu Aboud and Lusail, are expected to be finished in 2021.

Countrywide infrastructure is also being delivered at a rapid pace, including the state-of-the-art Doha Metro – which was successfully utilized by fans during the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 – new roads and the expansion of Hamad International Airport, which is planned to cater for more than 50 million visitors a year by 2022.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino commented, "2020 has surely been a challenging year for the entire world, and football was no exception. Despite the difficulties, steady progress was made in the last few months, showing yet again Qatar’s strong and continued commitment – under the leadership of the Amir, whom I personally thank – to hosting an unforgettable FIFA World Cup in two years’ time, which will no doubt build a legacy long beyond 2022."

“Besides the very important labor reforms recently announced by the government, progress has also been made on stadium construction, along with the implementation of strict measures to protect workers’ health. During my short visit to Doha a few weeks ago, I witnessed first-hand how well preparations have advanced, and I am looking forward with confidence to Qatar 2022, for the transformative impact it is already having on the country and the region, for the unique experience it will provide fans from all over the world and, of course, for witnessing the best World Cup ever," he added.

Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Hassan Al Thawadi, said, “We are immensely proud of the progress we have made over the last ten years. Both tournament and national infrastructure projects are well advanced, with everything on track to be completed well ahead of the big kick-off. Our legacy projects, meanwhile, are already having an impact on people’s lives in areas such as workers’ rights, education and entrepreneurship."

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