Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) H E Hassan Al Thawadi said that the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar will be the first global event that gathers everyone after the coronavirus pandemic, especially after Qatar succeeded in organizing major sporting events while implementing a firm health protocol to ensure protection from the virus.
Addressing a panel discussion entitled “World Cup 2022 and Beyond” during the Qatar Economic Forum, Powered by Bloomberg, Al Thawadi assured Qatar’s ability to safely organise the World Cup 2022 in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
He added that everyone might soon celebrate the recovery from this pandemic as there are signs that life has started to return to normal and that the vaccine may provide the masses with a unique opportunity to celebrate the event in Qatar.
Despite the pandemic, Al Thawadi said, the 2022 World Cup will be the first in the Middle East, and it is distinguished by the close proximity of its venues so that the fans can attended two matches in the same day. Qatar 2022 will be the first real global event following the COVID-19 pandemic and it will exceptional.
Al Thawadi noted that vaccination is the only way to recovering from this pandemic. The UEFA European Championship and the Copa America are currently in full swing, and they follow a strict health protocol.
During the past year, Qatar organized many events such as the FIFA Club World Cup and others, following a strict health system that included followup and examinations.
Qatar was at the forefront of countries adopting a protocol to deal with the pandemic in order to make progress in a safe way for all. Secretary-General of SC reiterated that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be safe, and expressed pride that this major event will be celebrated in the State of Qatar.
He noted that there are a number of people who are currently in Europe to learn about the health protocols applied in the UEFA European Championship, as well as in North America for the Gold Cup competitions, in order to learn about the best ways to preserve the safety of everyone.
On the other hand, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy Hassan Al Thawadi underlined, “We have repeatedly emphasized that the 2022 World Cup will be Arab, Gulf, Middle Eastern, and our doors will remain open to all. The World Cup in Qatar will also be an opportunity to build bridges and enhance diplomacy between peoples. We are a hospitable people and welcome everyone.”
Secretary-General of SC, Al Thawadi noted that the World Cup 2022 will be an opportunity for the peoples of the world to learn more about the State of Qatar, its people and its culture, especially that the tournament will perhaps be their first-time visit to the Middle East.
He underlined that many people who visited Qatar take into consideration its culture and customs. The best evidence of this is the Club World Cup 2019, where fans from Britain, Mexico and others were contacted to make them feel comfortable, and they are now impatiently waiting for the World Cup to start again in Qatar, because of the warm reception and the distinguished experience they found.
Furthermore, he said that the 2022 World Cup will be an important opportunity to dispel inaccurate fears about Qatar and the entire region.
“We have been subjected to many criticisms from trade unions regarding the situation of some workers in Qatar. We have made many reforms and we continue to work through the accumulation of experience. The commitment we have made in the past years determines our progress well today,” he stressed.
Al Thawadi added that no country in the world has an ideal system for dealing with workers, but Qatar is making remarkable progress in this field. “We are spearheading the measures and reforms that we are undertaking, as we have global standards.
We rank second after “Apple” is committed to ensuring the re-payment of recruitment fees for workers who come from their countries, and this is linked to our commitment to our values, which state that everyone living in Qatar should be treated with dignity and the commitment continues even after the World Cup.”
In conclusion, the Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy Hassan Al Thawadi said that the World Cup is a major event and will undoubtedly affect the economy and various sectors.
“Today, we expect an economic contribution of 20 billion dollars, this is the assumption, and we will do another study and another evaluation... We are talking here about the sectors of construction, tourism, hospitality and knowledge transfer in hosting major events, and this will affect the management and organization of events and hospitality, and the matter here is related to how to exploit this. We have previously said that the 2022 World Cup will transform our directions, and this is not imposed on development plans, but it will constitute the engine of advancing many of the initiatives that the government has committed to.”