The private sector will play a “greater role” either in the preparations or during the staging of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Qatar Chamber director-general Saleh bin Hamad al-Sharqi has said.
In a statement, al-Sharqi said Qatar’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup in 2022 will create an economic spillover on various sectors, particularly in the fields of hospitality, tourism, and services because of the expected large number of tourist arrivals during the event.
Al-Sharqi also noted that the World Cup will continue to provide “great economic returns” after the 2022 games, “which will contribute to strengthening Qatar’s position as a global centre for organising major sports events.”
The chamber’s director-general also said the World Cup will place Qatar on the global tourism map as an “important regional hub.” He stressed that Qatari companies have the expertise and capabilities that allow them to enter into different projects, “both in terms of implementation and investment.”
Since Qatar started preparing for the needed infrastructure to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, al-Sharqi said the private sector “has been and remains an integral partner in the implementation of these projects.”
He also noted that the private sector “has proven its strength against economic challenges,” and that Qatari companies “have succeeded in exploiting the opportunities that the government has put forward to the local private sector to increase its contribution to development.”
Al-Sharqi also congratulated His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who received the mantle of hosting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from Russian President Vladimir Putin in the presence of FIFA president Gianni Infantino in Moscow on Sunday.
According to al-Sharqi, Qatar has the capability to provide a “unique version” of the World Cup once the country hosts the games in 2022.