The impact of the first World Cup in the Middle East

Interview with Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-General, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, WEF. In 2022, Qatar will host the first ever World Cup in the Middle East. Organizing the world’s most viewed and followed sporting event is no small task. Planning and organizing the infrastructure, investments and logistics begins 12 years before the event, and organizers must also take into account how those investments will benefit the country long after the World Cup has finished. In this interview, Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-General, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, WEF, and Special Adviser of the FIFA’s World Cup Organising Committee, talks about the challanges, investment, economic impact and legacy of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. What are the challenges of […]

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