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For Qatari residents: Do you prefer a summer or winter World Cup 2022?

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Written by  Author |   Fri, 26 August 2016 05:05

1) $30 billion a year on infrastructure
“Qatar has invested $30bn annually since 2010 on infrastructure, industry and housing,” said Minister of Municipality and Environment H E Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi during Singapore International Water Week 2016 (SIWW) that was held between July 10 and 14.
The Minister also highlighted Qatar’s main strategies regarding the environment and water, as part of Qatar National Vision 2030. He said Qatar has three main challenges —  water, environment and development. 
Qatar is located in a desert area that poses a challenge when it comes to the production of water and increasing the agricultural land. Qatar’s production of water will reach 500 million gallons a day by 2019, he added.
He mentioned the new highways, economic areas and new cities and stadiums that will host World Cup 2022.
Infrastructure development is a focus area for Qatar. In its budget for 2016, the government has made higher allocation for major projects and infrastructure, health and education sectors. The allocation for major projects in Qatar went up to QR90.8bn in the fiscal 2016. Qatar is implementing mega projects in the railways, roads and highways, ports, sewage and power sectors.

2) Qatar to get through 5.7Mt of cement in 2017 
Saudi Arabia's decision to lift its cement export ban may help to meet Qatar's growing demand ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Official data suggests that the peak demand for cement from Qatar's thriving construction and infrastructure industries is expected to reach 5.7Mt in 2017. Due to its population of around 2.2 million, this represents an incredible 2600kg/capita.

The Saudi government previously imposed a ban on cement exports in 2008 to push prices down and accommodate demand from large government-funded infrastructure projects, although some companies were allowed to export at prices lower than those in the local market.

According to market analysts, strong infrastructure spending by the Qatar government on infrastructure development will continue to boost demand for the cement sector. Huge projects are in the pipeline, including the Doha Metro, World Cup stadiums, roads and flyovers and sanitary works.
3) Qatar set to reap $11.9 billion from tourism by 2020 
Qatar tourism revenues are expected to hit $11.9 billion by 2020, while inbound arrivals are expected to reach 3 million this year, Fitch Group company BMI Research reported. The report describes the anticipated rise in tourism receipts as healthy attributed to Qatar becoming better known across the world as a holiday destination.

International receipts are expected to rise in line with a predicted 5.4 percent rise in inbound arrivals by the end of 2016 compared to 2015 – to 3.1 million, the report says. And growth will remain strong until 2020, when inbound tourism numbers are expected to reach 4 million.

Qatar is increasing investments in tourism infrastructure, such as retail facilities and hotels, ahead of its hosting of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. This is expected to attract a growing number of high-spending tourists from both regional and international markets.

4) Two buildings designed by Zaha Hadid in Lusail
Qatar will construct two buildings designed by late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, including a tower shaped like a desert flower close to the site of the 2022 soccer World Cup final. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, commissioned Hadid in 2013 to create the structures, one a 38-story hotel in the form of a hyacinth and featuring a nine-pointed base to shield visitors from the Gulf sun.
Sheikh Mohammed's Al Alfia Holding said in a statement it would construct the tower "designed in response to current and future environmental challenges" by 2020 in the city of Lusail, 23 km (14 miles) north of the capital Doha.

5) Final arch placed at Qatar’s Khalifa Stadium 
The last piece of arch has been installed at Qatar's Khalifa International Stadium. This marks the start of the countdown towards the completion of the renovation and upgrade works at the stadium in preparation to host 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. Khalifa International Stadium arch is now complete with last 22-m segment at a height of 120-m.
It used to have one single, iconic arch. During its overhaul, that was removed and replaced with two arches. All materials used were made of steel and fabricated locally at Eversendai’s factories in Qatar and in UAE.
6) Total acquires 30% interest in Al-Shaheen field in Qatar 
Total has won a 30 percent stake in a new 25-year contract to operate Qatar's largest offshore oilfield, officials said, in the second major upstream development deal for the French oil firm in the Gulf region in as many years. State-owned Qatar Petroleum (QP) will keep the remaining 70 percent in the new joint venture for the Al-Shaheen field, which is 80 km (50 miles) off Qatar's coast and currently produces around 300,000 barrels per day (bpd). Six international oil firms including BP and Royal Dutch Shell Plc have bid to operate the oilfield.
7) Qatar uses 3D printers to make World Cup stadiums ‘desert-proof’ 
Scientists at Qatar University are testing 3D-printed models of football stadiums that Qatar is building for the 2022 World Cup to see if they can endure the state’s desert climate.
Qatar has sought to allay concerns about its summer heat and moved the competition to the cooler month of November. It also announced details of five stadiums with built-in air conditioning.
But Qatar still experiences sand and dust storms in winter months. It also wants the stadiums to be used all year round beyond the 2022 tournament. For this, the team from Europe and the Middle East are exploring how the stadiums can be adapted to handle sand storms and searing heat.

The 3D-printed stadiums, which take about a month to assemble, are placed in a wind tunnel that blows smoke-filled air tracked by laser beams across the design to measure turbulence inside.
The impact of sand storms, which occur occasionally in Qatar during the winter months, could be mitigated by raising or lowering the stadium height by a few meters. The idea is to stop hot wind getting in. Like an open-top car, you want air flying over not swirling inside.
Qatar has announced details of five of at least eight stadiums it must build or renovate for the World Cup at an estimated cost of $8-10bn.
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