Qatar may allow LGBTQ flags, protests during World Cup: report
Doha, Qatar (CNN) – The ongoing protests in the Middle East have seen the cancellation of the 2022 World Cup, but there is an alternative option for Qatar and the country’s neighbors: the inclusion of the country by hosting the 2020 Olympics.
In the meantime, Qatar has been working hard to prepare for the upcoming soccer tournament. Ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, we’ve looked at the plans for the upcoming event in Qatar and the country’s plans for the 2026 games.
Here is what we know about the country’s plans so far…
The 2022 World Cup and Olympics
The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar from June 26-July 13, 2022.
The FIFA has said that the tournament is not expected to have any significant impact on the current economic and social developments in Qatar, in particular the ongoing protests in the country and how they have affected local sports.
“A World Cup in Qatar will not cause a decrease in the level of economic activity,” FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke told reporters in February. He also said the decision of the Qatari government to host the FIFA tournament was not influenced by “a desire to attract investment or an increase in the population.”
If Qatar hosted the 2010 European Championship, some estimates say it would have brought in more than $10 billion in economic benefits to the country, much of which could have helped the Qatari economy.
The Qatari government hopes to generate 20,000 full-time equivalent jobs in construction of new stadiums, housing, hotels, infrastructure and infrastructure, and transportation.
Qatar’s government is expecting the tourism sector to be worth $14 billion. To help the tourism industry, the country has said it will build 5,000 hotels and build another 3,500 for sale.
In November, the government pledged to build 2,500 affordable housing units and provide free education for all students.