The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy’s volunteer initiative has been hailed an ‘overwhelming’ success after more than 140,000 people registered within the opening week.
In total 141,215 people have so far signed up to the initiative – which invites people from Qatar, the region and the world to register their interest in becoming a volunteer on the road to 2022.
It was launched on September 2 and will remain open, as excitement around first FIFA World Cup to be held in the Arab world continues to gather pace.
Of the thousands of would-be volunteers to register, more than 160 nationalities were represented, with 22 MENA nations among them, including Qatari, Omani, Jordanian, Saudi Arabian, Emirati and Bahraini – once again outlining the universal appeal the biggest sporting event to ever take place in the region brings with it.
More than 7,200 Qatari nationals were among those to put their names forward to volunteer, while over 10,000 Omanis and 9,800 Jordanians also applied. There have also been 12,000 Egyptians, 10,500 Moroccans and 8,000 Algerians, making up the highest represented North African nations.
With over 20,000 applicants, India is the best represented country by nationality – while the most common age range of applicants was among the 18-25-year-old bracket.
Mead al-Emadi, the SC’s Community Engagement Manager, said the instant success of the programme and diversity of applicants is further proof of Qatar 2022’s strong regional appeal.
“Football is the world’s game, and we have said from day one of the 2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process that this would be a tournament not only for Qatar, but also the entire MENA region and Asia.
“The incredible number of people we have seen register their interest already – and breadth of backgrounds and nationalities among them – further demonstrates this to be the case. I am pleased to say the launch has already been an overwhelming success.”
She continued: “This is only the beginning though. The portal will remain open so I encourage anyone who is interested in playing a part during these exciting years in the history of our region to visit www.seeyouin2022.qa
and get involved – I can promise it will be a wholly rewarding experience.”
Volunteers can register and contribute towards numerous Qatar 2022 milestones, including stadium launches and test events. They will support a range of functions, including event management, hospitality, marketing, communications, audience management, security, medical services and more.