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Qatar still under suspicion of having bought the World Cup

Moscow. A few hours before the final of the World Cup in Russia, President Vladimir Putin has symbolically handed over the business to the organizer of the next tournament 2022, the Emir of Qatar. The Kremlin leader symbolically presented Sheikh Tamim with a football in Moscow on Sunday. He is convinced that Qatar will host the World Cup just as well as Russia, Putin said. Well, that is doubtful. The fact is that the final round in four years’ time will take place under completely different circumstances. And whether it will actually be hosted in Qatar seems by no means certain.

Infantino thinking about increasing the number of teams to 48

The desert state is still suspected of having bought the World Cup. Among other things, the US judiciary is investigating this case according to the anti-mafia law Rico. Should there be any tangible evidence of corruption in the World Cup awarding process in the coming months or years, the world federation Fifa around President Gianni Infantino would have to react in order to manoeuvre itself out of the line of fire. A re-allocation does not seem to be out of the question.

Even if the tournament were to take place in Qatar, the 2.7-million-population state might not remain the sole organiser – at least if Infantino is the place to go. The Swiss is still thinking out loud about increasing the number of teams from 32 to 48. Whether a country that is smaller than Schleswig-Holstein could meet this logistical challenge alone is doubtful.

Fifa boss recommends cooperation

Qatar could cooperate with Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates, Infantino recently recommended. A proposal that seems almost cynical given the political tensions, as Qatar is isolated from its neighbors because of its supposed proximity to terrorist networks. Infantino, on the other hand, is said to be remarkably close to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. It was only in March that he received a 25 billion dollar offer for the Club World Cup and Nations League. The driving force behind it: Saudi Arabia.

For the time being, however, everything is going according to plan in the FIFA cosmos. World Cup 2022 in Qatar, with four arenas in Doha and four other stadiums a maximum of 35 kilometres from the capital. Due to the enormous heat in the Persian Gulf, the tournament will take place for the first time in winter (21 November to 18 December), so that the game calendar must be turned completely to the left. The Bundesliga will also have to take a much longer break in winter than usual. Conditions that have always been viewed critically.

Organizers are nevertheless optimistic, of course.

The World Cup will be “unique and quite different than ever before”, according to the euphemistic description of Qatar. “We have no doubt that many fans will also come to Qatar from Europe,” said Vice-President Nassir al-Chatir, who dares to host a field of 48. The first World Cup in the Arab world will “arouse the curiosity of every fan”. Unless the judiciary first satisfies their curiosity about the supposedly corrupt machinations of FIFA.

Qatar: Travel and safety information

The tourism of the capital Doha is well developed. There is a sufficient number of international hotels of different standards and price ranges. Outside of Doha the offer is minimal.

It is recommended to book a hotel in advance, as the number of hotels in Qatar has increased, but is seasonally limited, especially for sporting events.
Travel within Qatar is not subject to special restrictions.
Means of transport are primarily taxis, limousine service or rental cars. Public transport is unreliable and not recommended.

Road traffic in good road conditions is characterised by high speeds, undisciplined driving behaviour and many accidents. In the event of an accident, it is forbidden to leave the scene of the accident until the police arrive and permit this.
Tourists should only travel into the desert and into areas that are difficult to access, especially in the north and west of Qatar, with an off-road all-wheel-drive vehicle and in a convoy or with the help of a local tour operator or acquaintance familiar with the area, and with ample supplies of petrol and drinking water. It is recommended that information about the planned route and a return time be deposited with the hotel or host.

Telephone calls while driving, drink driving and even insulting gestures are punished with sometimes heavy fines.

Driving licence

With an international driving licence, which is always valid in conjunction with the national German driving licence, a rental car can be rented for a period of up to seven days.

Special instructions for use

In view of continuing tensions and events in some countries of the Near and Middle East, travelers to Qatar should be cautious in their public appearances, consider Qatar’s religious, cultural and social traditions in their behavior, and refrain from demonstrations or protest events.

Qatar’s customs and laws are strongly influenced by Islam and its beliefs and values.

Women are not subject to any particular restrictions or prohibitions. They are allowed to drive a motor vehicle as well as to move in public even without male company. With regard to clothing, however, restraint is required. Shoulder-free tops and very short skirts or trousers do not correspond to local values and can lead to unwanted and unpleasant attention from third parties.

 

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Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have broken off diplomatic relations with Qatar since 5 June 2017. Other states, including Yemen, Mauritania, Chad, the Comoros, the Maldives and Mauritius have followed suit.
Saudi Arabia has closed its land, air and sea borders with Qatar and interrupted land, air and sea transport, and air and sea transport with Qatar has also ceased from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. These states are also denying Qatar Airways landing and overflight rights and have banned their own airlines from flying to Qatar. This has implications for air and maritime transport, particularly in the Gulf States.

Since November 2017, Bahrain has required Qatari nationals and foreign residents with residence permits to hold an entry visa, which must be applied for electronically in advance, see Bahrain Travel and Security Information.
German citizens who intend to travel from Doha via Oman or Kuwait to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain or the United Arab Emirates should inform themselves in advance about the current entry regulations of these countries.
Travelers via Doha HIA International Airport are advised to contact their airline or tour operator directly regarding their travel connections

 

Qatar wants to help Turkey out of crisis

The Emir of Qatar, who has a good relationship with the Turkish president Erdoğan, wants to help Turkey with investments of 15 billion dollars. According to him, the money will be used to finance economic projects – but according to Turkish government circles, the money will mainly flow into the financial markets.

Turkey is receiving support from Qatar in the midst of the severe currency crisis: the emir of the Gulf state, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, has promised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan direct investments of 15 billion dollars. Qatar said the emirate would make a number of investments and finance economic projects. According to information from Turkish government circles, however, the money will mainly flow into the financial markets and go to banks.

Turkey and Qatar have traditionally maintained good relations with each other. The government in Ankara also held to the leadership in Doha when Saudi Arabia, among others, cut its diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar last year. A spokesman at Erdoğans advertised on Twitter for the cooperation announced on Wednesday. He emphasized that the Turkish economy is on safe ground and will be strengthened by recent developments. Experts on the financial markets had taken a completely different view in recent days and weeks.

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