Qatar reveals US$500m per week spending for 2022 World Cup infrastructure

The government of Qatar is spending as much as US$500m (€467m, £399m) a week on infrastructure ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, according to the emirate’s finance minister.

Ali Sharif El-Emadi told journalists on Tuesday that the weekly investment “will carry on for the next three to four years to achieve our goal and objective of really getting the country ready for 2022.”

While nine stadiums are being built for the tournament – with a further three redeveloped – across seven host cities, the minister said the investment would also cover infrastructure projects including “highways, rail, ports, airports and even hospitals.”

At that rate of spending, the cost of the World Cup could eventually rise to more than US$200bn (€186.5bn, £159.6bn), making it the most expensive ever held by some margin.

El-Emadi pledged that all facilities and infrastructure projects would be completed in time for the tournament, which will take place in November and December 2022 after FIFA decided to move it to the winter to avoid players facing scorching summer temperatures.

He added that Qatar has awarded 90 per cent of the design and build contracts for the tournament, with the majority of these projects to be delivered in the next two years.

Construction has been completed on the Khalifa International stadium, one of the main venues set to be used in the tournament, while work is progressing quickly on the Qatar Foundation Stadium and the Al Rayyan Stadium.

Qatar has been strongly condemned by human rights groups including Amnesty International for the treatment of migrant workers building stadiums and infrastructure, who they say have been exploited, forced to work in dangerous environments and unable to leave.

The emirate’s government revised its labour laws last year “to be fair to both employers and employees alike," but critics claim the move will have a limited impact.

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The government of Qatar is spending as much as US$500m (€467m, £399m) a week on infrastructure ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, according to the emirate’s finance minister. Ali Sharif El-Emadi told journalists on Tuesday that the weekly investment “will carry on for the next three to four years to achieve our goal and objective of really getting the country ready for 2022.” While nine stadiums are being built
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