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Qatar is the Host Country for the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Updated on May 6, 2011

Qatar is going to host the 2022 World Cup

Qataris are shouting their joy in the capital of Doha, Qatar when the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) President Joseph Blatter proclaimed their country-state as the winner in hosting 2022 World Cup. He announced the result of the FIFA Executive Committee's vote on Thursday 2 December 2010 in Zurich, Switzerland amidst controversies regarding the voting. US Football Association head Gulati said the US lost out because of "politics and alliances".

People monitored and waited for the announcement at cafes, restaurants, TV, news and people all over the world sat down in front of their computers to wait for the much waited. It was also announced that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup.

World Cup is one big sporting event. It is in fact the second biggest next to the Olympics which is also scheduled every four years. For some countries though, soccer is the biggest sports .

The following countries also bid for the World Cup 2022 : Japan, Australia, United Sates, Korea and Indonesia (was turned down in the first round because of lack of support from their government).

The host country Qatar will be the first Arab country to host the World Cup same with Russia in 2018 who is the first to host in that part of the world.

FIFA World Cup Information

Qatar - The Road to the 2022 World Cup - Plans are Underway

The road to winning the bid seems easy to my mind for Qatar. What with their offer of a "dream hosting" it almost sweep the four round votes of voting. Qatar is vent to spend lots of its money - resources for this world sporting event for sure. One thing more, they are offering a hosting bid which nobody can't deny, it is a dream, according to some. The people in the Gulf area are an avid fans of soccer and to host the biggest sporting event for it is just awesome for them.

Qatar defeated the most favored US and Japan bids which made US Football Association head Gulati uttered in dismay --"Is this about soccer or about natural gas and oil? That's what has just won... they have just bought the World Cup,"" The voting process is not the way I expected it to be done, he said. Well, bidding as high profile as this always elicits negative rumors and gossips and I believe after a week or two the controversy will just die its natural death. Let us hope many things will come out of this.

For sure, there will be an increase of employment opportunities for international workers who for now is the source of workers in Qatar as they will spend some money building nine stadiums plus renovating three more grounds and will provide air conditioning for all of it, as it is hot during the summer in Qatar.

  • Qatar committed to spend some 3 Billion USD for the said hosting of the World Cup.

Article About Qatar - Doha, Qatar

  1. Doha - a Walk in the City
  2. The Art of Demolition in the Heart of Doha, Qatar

Facts About Qatar

  • Doha is the capital of Qatar
  • Currency is Riyal
  • Qatar is located northeast of the much bigger Arabian Peninsula and Saudi Arabia bordered it to the south. For most part, the Persian Gulf surrounds the small country with. The neighboring country Bahrain is separated from Qatar by the Straits of the Persian Gulf.
  • Its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the top three highest in the in the whole world - massive economy because of its oil and gas natural reserves.
  • Qatar is an emirate -- the head of the state is the emir who appoints the Prime Minister, and they have a monarchy.
  • They have gained independence for the Ottoman empire and has a border conflict with Saudi Arabia Bahrain but the dispute has been settled.
  • A British protectorate -- the treaty with the British government ended in 1971
  • The total area of Qatar is 11,437 square kms and the population is not exceeding 1.7 million people. It is a small country with massive finances due to its natural reserves.

Qatar - Host of the 2022 World Cup - Congratulations Qataris!

Congratulations to Qatar state for winning the bid for the 2022 World Cup, same with Russia (2018), and we are hoping that more will come out of this event. It is good to know and showcase different parts of the globe.


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    • prettydarkhorse profile image

      prettydarkhorse 2 years ago from US

      Yup, I will, promise. Take care.

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      SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Interesting post. You should write something new when you have time. What about that team you are always talking about?

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I want to visit - not during the event. I traveled to Dubai but it was business only. I really wish to return. I would take Emerites Air this time not SwissAir.

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      SpiffyD 6 years ago from The Caribbean

      I did not mind that Russia's bid won, but the Qatar bid was ridiculous. FIFA did not hold a World Cup in Australia either. Afterwards, Sepp Blatter was talking about having the World Cup in January. Qatar does not even deserve a spot in a World Cup. I believe that a host country should have footballing pedigree. Qatar cannot qualify for a World Cup on its own. Taking football to Asia was great, but at least Japan and South Korea qualified for a World Cup before that. For footballing terms and other reasons, Qatar was a great choice. Talking about giving it to other countries for its own sake is not cool. Then, FIFA might as well have a football World Cup in India.

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      A James Rodi 6 years ago

      Wow i would love to go there! This is a great hub thanks for sharing this .

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      sairakhan 6 years ago from Bombay , India

      I like your hub and i have started following you

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home

      PDH,Sounds great- Still not going.. not my area of the world I wanna visit


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      princess_31 6 years ago from Egypt

      Very interesting hub! Its nice to see that the world cup will be hosted in some new countries.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      I just love your hubs so I stopped by to jump up and down on your buttons!

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      syras mamun 6 years ago

      The total population of Qatar is just 1.7 million and the average temp. of during the summer is almost 50 degree Celsius.Despite all these drawbacks they managed to get the vote to host world cup 2022.This means they had appointed a very skilled management team to promote Qatar as a great world cup football host county.I always think about business and management, even in football :)



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      TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

      Sounds spectacular and what a spectacular hub you have put together. I really appreciate and enjoyed the list of facts. Rated up!

      Thanks a million$$$$$

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      @ Cheeky, The Philippines don't have the financial capability to host it, plus most are not fans of soccer there, take care Cheeky, Love ya girl.. Maita

      @hello, I am pleased to see you here again, Thanks, Maita

      @Kern, Thanks.

      @saifhayel, I agree with you, let other country host it, that was what the FIFA did. Thanks.

      Hi hubby, No, because I can't understand how it is played, LOL

      @Barry, Hmm everybody is hoping to be the host, Australia came closed to winning, isn't it?

      @angel, Thanks, Happy Hannukah, BTW, Maita

      @2patricias. Hmm well, you're right there and next year will be the wedding of Kate and Prince William isn't it, and the next year after that will be the Queens 75th bday or anniversary?, am not sure...TC, Maita

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      Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      I am glad that Qatar got the gig, and Russia too. There should not be so much politics in Sports, I feel Sports should be about Sports, and nothing else. I agree about the Bad Karma thing. Wonder will it ever be held in Manila in the Philippines? Whaddya think, Maita? Heh! Cheers! Have a great day! :)

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      I am sure everybody was surprised. Only time will tell.

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      Kern89 6 years ago from Manhattan,KS

      Great article on a very interesting topic.

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      saifhayel 6 years ago

      I think Qatar won because they have a lot of money they don't know where to spend, but with that money they have planned for a project no other country can apply because it needs a huge budget. I mean Qatar is a very small country, it's population is around 1 million only, but having environmentally friendly air-conditioned stadiums is pretty impressive, plus it's a good thing for a middle east country to host the world cup, it can benefit the whole area.

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      hubby7 6 years ago from Chicago

      Nice hub. I saw the announcement live while I was running on a treadmill at the gym. Question: Are you a golf fan?

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      We thought Australia had the best bid !

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      I'm disappointed we didn't win the bid but every country should get a chance. Nice hub about Qatar with interesting facts.

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      2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Many people here in England were disappointed by the outcome of the World Cup bid, but others were not surprise.

      I think that it is good to have the World Cup go to countries that have never before been the host. It is good for their economy and general world awareness.

      I don't think England should feel too disappointed as the Olympics will be held here in 2012.

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      Spider Girl 6 years ago from the Web

      My cousin has just arrived from Qatar today (she's been living there for past 10 years) and how excited she was while telling me all this :) They had a 3-day long celebration in Doha, and I was just watching the clips capturing those celebrations :)

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      @digital, Don't know why but my cable doesn't have BBC, Time Warner, need to change my cable so I can watch BBC.

      Ya right about FIFA plus they want countries to take turns as well. Thanks, and it is good you're back!

      @Cris, thanks there..

      @Pam, Hi there, good to see you here, let us see. It will be twelve years more, TC

      @Dave, Hi there, let us see, you are right about the cultural part thing, long way to go and we will see as time goes by...Will you be still there by then?

      @drbj, that is too much I think and after that what are they going to do with the big football arena, it is nice if it is portable LOL< thanks dr.

      Hi rotl, Yes it would be nice that they are rotating it I think.

      I would like the football to be hosted here in the US so that I can at least go and experience it. Maybe Brazil 2014 ....Thanks.

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      digitalexplorer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Football and soccer are the same... I think FIFA was affected by BBC program, Panorama by critisizing that some of the officials are being bribed. This is the reason why England failed to host the 2018 World Cup. FIFA's way of thinking is how the organization could help the country develop and promote the sport, rather than how the country will help FIFA earn more money from the sport.

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      It'll be interesting !!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Miata, It sounds like a wonderful place for the World Cup although many in the US were very hopeful but things usually work out the right way.

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      Dave McClure 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      Hi Maita - Qatar is offering something completely different, a World Cup held within a specially constructed Football City, instead of being spread out across a whole country. My feeling is that they will have the infrastructure ready in time, but will they be able to take the cultural shock of the football invasion? I'm not confident on that score!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Maita. Qatar is planning on spending $3 billion USD for the 2022 World Cup? That's an expensive price tag but obviously worth it to that small country.

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      rotl 6 years ago from Florida

      I'm glad the cups went to new places. The World Cup can have a profound affect on a region and the middle-east certainly needs all the positivity it can get right now.

      I know people in the US are disappointed, but that's no reason to belittle another country. Obviously the countries had some compelling merits to be chosen.

      If football/soccer is truly the world's game, then it needs to be shared with the world. Sorry America and Europe. There are other continents/countries in this world.

      Can't wait for the Brazil world cup!

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      In addition, I think that the FIFA organizer really want a "fresh" country to host the World Cup. It is time to give other country the chance to host it

      THE US is disappointed bec this could have been a chance to bring "soccer" closer to us.

      Everybody is sour graping but we need to move forward...

      And kharma, we don't know yet, LOL...

      Thanks again rich, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Nice point richtwf,

      I like it when you say -- "I would have liked to have seen it come to Britain but we don't always get what we want so my final word accept defeat with dignity and congrats to Russia and Qatar". Thats it.

      Thanks for the read and take care, Maita

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      richtwf 6 years ago

      Useful and informative hub Maita.

      Congratulations to Russia and Qatar. It's good to see the World Cup go to different countries and other people should be more open-minded and less selfish and bitter if they don't always get what they want for whatever reasons. Just be a good sport and show some dignity and grace in the way you accept defeat.

      I must admit the British press didn't help the British bid at all and only wrecked it but I still believe that other countries should have the opportunity to host it rather than expecting it to go to countries who have had it before. I would have liked to have seen it come to Britain but we don't always get what we want so my final word accept defeat with dignity and congrats to Russia and Qatar.

      P.S. Could there be a touch of bad karma? What goes around comes around? Iraq and Afghan invasion and British press upsetting FIFA too? Food for thought eh? It would be petty for FIFA to act unprofessionally and not make the right decision because of the recent British damning allegations against FIFA but if you're going to upset someone then this is what you might have to expect as a likely consequence.

      Cheers for sharing and God bless!