Qatar Everything is missing in Qatar. They save gas (they are the third world reserve) and therefore money (they have the world's largest income per inhabitant on the planet). There is also plenty of heat: now, almost winter for them, 25 degrees in noon and in summer between 40 and 50 degrees (which means that air conditioning is always the freezing point for hotels, businesses and cars). But there are very few people, about 250,000. The remaining 2,700,000 are foreigners, mostly from India, Iran and African countries.
Some local men have stood out in their long white clothes thobe or khandura, a kind of shirt that gets into the floor impeccable clean and ironing, well-known and expensive designers, sleeveless sleeves and accessories ghutha, the handkerchief over the head of the complex folds, attaching a kind of black double rope called AGAL. Feet, sandals.
They greeted each other by supporting their foreheads by shaking hands or kiss three times on the same cheek.
Women are carrying abayas, black tunic feet. Some are exposed to the face, others just the eyes and even less. Huntu is called a hijab. It's a tradition: there is nothing to prevent them from dressing the West, though yes it is forbidden to use bikinis and even solid eyes on public beaches.
Two traditional friends (AP Photo / Kamran Jebreili).
It is also considered a disadvantage to sit in such a way that the bottom of the shoe is visible.
Qatar has a total of 11,000 square kilometers, half as in Tucumán Province. It is a peninsula surrounded by redwood, which borders the south with only Saudi Arabia. Almost everything is a desert sand and the only important city is the capital city of Doha with 970,000 inhabitants. In Doha everything looks new. This country, which was a British protectorate until 1971, and which until the mid-1900s was only "easy-to-see" build skyscrapers and highways without stopping. In Doha you will not walk and not have much knowledge except the traditional market, Souk, and the Islamic Museum.
They are Wahhabis, Islamic purity, though they are more liberal than their Saudi neighbors. And even though they have a "secular" legal system, the Shari'a Islamic law still applies to some family and inheritance issues. They speak Arabic, but more English is spoken. There is no uncertainty or poverty.
The head of the government is Emir Thamim bin Amad al Thani, 38 years old. The image of the absolute monarch is obvious. They even hang on great gigantografias of their buildings, either in the Big Brother style (in Orwell's 1984 book, not in a TV show). His family governs the land almost 200 years ago. There are no political parties in Qatar. No alliances.
This is the Lusail stadium when it is ready in 2020.
Nor does it sell alcohol either, except for hotels with tourists. The World Cup was announced on Saturday at a ceremony involving some 600 people, including journalists from 21 countries (toot it was the only one in Argentina), Secretary General of Qatar, 2022, Hassan al Zawadi, places special places for sale so that Western fans can stay in their thighs. They do not yet know what they are doing in the stadium because the FIFA pressures must be taken during the matches because Heineken is one of its main sponsors.
One more: In Qatar, citizens do not pay taxes. Right, not evacuated.
Qatar Emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. He is an absolute ruler: Qatar does not have political parties or trade unions. Payments are also not paid (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP)
Currently, Qataris is concerned about two issues. One is the bulk of the Arab world since June 2017: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and Maldives broke diplomatic relations with Qatar accusing him of creating instability in the region by supporting terrorist groupss. Its flagship airlines, the Al Jazeera network and its airline Qatar Arways, suffered from the attack but opposed.
Qatar depends on imports, so the embargo is worrying for them. They responded by increasing gas production, expanding the port, bringing cows to airplanes and approaching Iran, the second great power in the region. And expand into the world. Argentina can really take advantage of it: the Emir was in Buenos Aires in October and Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie visited a few days ago in Doha to look for investment and trade agreements.
Secretariat of the World Cup Organizing Committee Hassan Al Thawadi, who was held at the Loha Stadium on Saturday, December 15 in Doha. (Photo by – / Managing Director / AFP)
Another great question, which is located in Qataris, is the 2022 World Cup, and for just four years, December 18, 2022, the final is played at the Lusail Stadium, whose construction progresses at full speed.
The country won the place in 2010, with less controversial votes. And since then, they've been working on a mega tournament where the whole world is seen in a place where there is no football association: Cup is another way to show the world. Pure Marketing And Expensive: The investment will reach $ 6,500 million.
The cup has several special features. One is that it is played in December with heat: in June-July, the summer of Qatar brings the temperature to 50 degrees and it is clear that it is not possible to play.
But the most significant feature is that eight stadiums (of which 7 are under construction from scratch, whose names make it harder for almost everyone) is no more than 55 kilometers apart, less than Buenos Aires to La Plata. And at least 5. Great, including by subway and train. That is, fans can move for more than one game per day for the first time. And they should not travel by their choice by changing their headquarters. After installation, you can stay in the same place throughout your stay. The same goes for the teams: they do not have to worry about different levels or suffer from matador journeys between the party and the party.
Tickets are sold using a Fan ID-like system used by Russia 2018, and with them you can enter a field with a mobile phone. The phones also receive live information about the game they are watching.
Qatar 2022. This is how the city of Lusail will be built in the World Cup
Part of the investment was momentum for the local league, which was the 12 teams they produced veteran stars such as Spanish Xavi Hernández (who will certainly retire as a Qatar team coach at the World Cup) or with Dutch Wesley Sneijder.
Argentines do not need a visa to enter Qatar. Only patience requires 20 flight hours From Buenos Aires to Doha.
So far, it is still a difficult road, that is true, after which Muhammad does not know how the dollar will lend in four years. We must categorize our choice as a technician with almost debutant, questionable numbers and an organizational environment that worries the most disruptive. In fact, here in Doha, sports journalists gathered to announce the Lusail stadium are two of the favorite topics of discussion: the Club World Cup and The role of Libertadores, which comes with the British, Mexicans, Spaniards and Brazilians, although it does not tell them where it comes from.
(Special Envoy in Doha, Qatar)