The FIFA Inspection Group has concluded its visit of Qatar, which was the ninth and final stop on the FIFA Inspection Tour of countries bidding to host either the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™. The Arabian Peninsula emirate is, along with Australia, Japan and Korea Republic, one of the four candidate nations campaigning exclusively for the right to stage the 2022 event.
The six-strong party, headed by Harold Mayne-Nicholls, spent three days in Qatar, where they made trips to the Aspire Dome and Al Sadd stadium, and watched a domestic league match in a fully climatised venue. They also met members of the Qatari royal family, including Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and members of the government such as Yousef Kamal and Sheikh Jassim Bin Abdulaziz, the Minister of Finance and Minister of Business and Trade respectively.
"From an organisational point of view, Qatar has the potential to host an international sports event such as the FIFA World Cup, but it would pose a number of logistial challenges,“ said Mayne-Nicholls.
Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the chairman of the bid, added: "We have tried to cover every angle, from green technologies to infrastructure to the legacy of greater understanding that a World Cup in Qatar will leave. And I can assure you we will be ready by 2022."
The FIFA Inspection Tour began on 17 July and took in Japan, Korea Republic, Australia, Belgium/the Netherlands, Russia, England, England, Spain/Portugal, the USA and finally Qatar.
The decision on which countries will host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups will be announced at the FIFA Executive Committee meeting on 2 December.