DUBAI (Reuters) - Qatar on Thursday won the right to host the World Cup finals in 2022, the first time the world’s largest soccer tournament will be held in an Arab country.
Doubts linger over whether Qatar will be able to handle an influx of about 400,000 fans, plus the 32 competing teams and a huge media presence.
To ease concerns about a lack of infrastructure, Qatar is looking to spend some $100 billion over the next five years, according to some estimates.
Following are facts about the Gulf state’s construction plans as it prepares for the tournament.
* Qatar will build nine air-conditioned outdoor stadiums and renovate three others in a country where summer temperatures can exceed 50 degrees Celsius. Total construction and renovation cost is estimated at around $3 billion.
* Qatar will be the smallest host nation to stage the finals since Uruguay hosted the first World Cup in 1930. Ten out of its 12 stadiums are located within a 25 to 30 kms radius. No stadium is expected to require more than one hour of commuting time.
* Lusail Stadium, which has yet to be built, will host the opening and final match.
* Lusail will have a capacity of 86,000 and will be surrounded by water. It will take four years to build and is expected to be completed by 2019.
* $25 billion rail network
* $20 billion on new roads
* $11 billion new airport expected to open in 2012, with capacity to handle around 50 million passengers a year
* $5.5 billion new deep water seaport
* $1 billion crossing linking new airport with mega-projects in northern part of capital, Doha
* World Cup award will also likely speed up work on $3 billion Qatar-Bahrain Causeway
* Qatar has around 10,000 hotel rooms which is set to rise to 17,000 by the end of 2011, according to Colliers International
* The Gulf state will need 60,000 rooms to meet the requirements of FIFA
* Bid leaders have promised 95,000 rooms will be available by 2022.
* Local firms most likely to benefit from World Cup-related contracts include developer Barwa Real Estate Co, steel producer Industries Qatar and Qatar National Cement.
* Analysts have tipped other regional beneficiaries to include Dubai’s Arabtec, already well established in Qatar, Drake & Scull International, Egypt’s Orascom Construction Industries and Bahrain’s NASS Corporation.
(Sources: Qatari government, Colliers International, Global Investment House, UK Trade & Investment)
Compiled by Jason Benham and Matt Smith; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter