How much is Qatar spending for the World Cup?

At what cost is the GCC state building stadiums and developing key infrastructure projects

Construction workers on Khalifa International Stadium ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Construction workers on Khalifa International Stadium ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

The Khalifa International Stadium has the much-talked-about cooling technology that was central to Qatar's bid for the World Cup.

But it has been refurbished at what cost?

Khalifa is the scene of one of Qatar's major sporting triumphs, the 1992 Gulf Cup victory.

It was also the stadium where Saudi Arabia secured their first World Cup qualification, with a thrilling 4-3 win over Iran.

It will house 40,000 fans during the World Cup, hosting matches played up to the quarter-final stage.

Nasser Al-Khater, a senior figure at World Cup organising body, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, would not give a figure for the redevelopment of Khalifa, though one estimate puts the cost at $90 million (82 million euros).

Qatar is spending up to $10 billion on stadiums and training grounds, officials have said previously.

However, Khater denied reports this year that the country has slashed its budget by up to 40 per cent, claiming the original figure needed for stadiums was an estimate only.

In February, Qatar's finance minister Ali Shareef Al-Emadi said the country was spending almost $500m every week on major infrastructure projects for football’s biggest tournament.

Khalifa's rebuild has not been without tragedy though.

In January, it was announced that Briton Zac Cox died in a fall at the stadium. 

One of Qatar's strongest critics over labour conditions for migrant workers, Amnesty International, claimed in 2016 that workers at Khalifa suffered "systematic labour abuse", a claim it repeated on Thursday.

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Posted by: Desertfox

I believe it is time for Qatar to re-think their World Cup ambitions and investment! The millions of football fans wishing to visit and participate deserve an exiting tournament hence, don't restrict them to Qatar only! It is time to get Dubai and Abu Dhabi involved as possible venues, maybe even Oman and Saudi. Spread it out and have the regional airlines create a commuting taxi service Uber style, all the tools are in place and ready to be used. The fans would love you for it since the entire region has so much to offer. It will certainly increase the number of visiting football fans and may even encourage them to come back with family thereafter. On the other hand, it would also dramatically reduce the total overall cost for Qatar, too! Not even mention ongoing maintenance for the next thirty odd years even if the infrastructure is no longer used after the World Cup!

Thank you for trying, signed a lifetime football fan

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