‘Qatar 2022 is an achievement for all Arabs’ : Khalid Al Mawlawi
01 February 2023, 12:00 AM
28 February 2023, 12:00 AM
Qatar’s FIFA World Cup journey was showcased during the second edition of the Municipal Investment Forum (FURAS) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy’s (SC) Khalid Al Mawlawi gave a speech at the event outlining the bid process, infrastructure development, test events and legacy programmes for the tournament, which was the first mega sporting event to be staged in the Middle East and Arab world.
Qatar hosted the most compact edition of the FIFA World Cup in modern history. The longest distance between stadiums was just 75km, meaning fans, players, officials and the media were always in the thick of the action. Public transport was free during the tournament, with most fans using the Doha Metro, which was directly connected to five stadiums.
Al Mawlawi, the SC’s Deputy Director General, Marketing, Communications & Event Experience, described Qatar 2022 as an achievement for all Arabs.
“I am pleased to reiterate what Qatar promised at the start of this journey – which is that 2022 would be a tournament for all Arabs. These were the words of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, during the inauguration of Khalifa International Stadium in 2017,” said Al Mawlawi. “There is no doubt that what the world witnessed in Qatar is an achievement for every Arab – and I hope it becomes an inspiration to everyone to strive for seemingly impossible dreams.”
Hosting the FIFA World Cup allowed Qatar to showcase the region in a positive light, said Al Mawlawi.
“We believed the time was right to bring the World Cup to the Arab world for the first time – to shed light on our culture and heritage, and change negative perceptions about the region. We provided a platform which united fans through their passion for football and offered a golden opportunity for a beautiful exchange of cultures.”
The tournament also accelerated the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030, which aims to develop a knowledge economy and reduce the country’s reliance on hydrocarbons.
Looking to the future, the infrastructure developed for the tournament will continue to benefit local communities for years to come, said Al Mawlawi.
Qatar Municipal Investment Forum