Qatar’s vast wealth: $200billion FIFA World Cup  

The world’s greatest football event will take place on November 20 as billions tune in to watch the 22nd quadrennial Men’s FIFA World Cup. What makes the 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup special is that not only is it a Winter event, but it will be held in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar.   

The four-week-long event is expected to see hundreds of thousands visit Qatar as well as billions of viewers watching and streaming across 200+ countries.  

Ahead of the world’s most-watched sporting event, we take a look at the staggering investment by Qatar to host this incredible tournament. What’s more, we’ll share top trading opportunities for all traders at the end of this article.  

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   Qatar's vast wealth $200billion Fifa World Cup

One of the biggest questions on fans’ minds is “how much is Qatar spending on the FIFA World Cup 2022?’. Qatar is a small nation with a tiny population of just 2.8 million residents. Due to the country’s size and vast oil reserves, it is the richest in the world in terms of per capita wealth.   

Yet even for a country as rich as Qatar, the 2022 FIFA World Cup required massive investment; so far, the country has spent about $200 billion. That’s a mind-boggling amount when you consider that Russia, the previous host of the soccer tournament, spent $11 billion back in 2018.  

 FIFA World Cup spending: Year, hosts, total spending  

2018 FIFA World Cup – Russia – $11.6 billion  

2014 FIFA World Cup – Brazil – $15 billion  

2010 FIFA World Cup – South Africa – $3.6 billion  

2006 FIFA World Cup – Germany – $4.6 billion  

2002 FIFA World Cup – South Korea/Japan – $7 billion  

 Where has the $200 billion been spent? Well primarily in huge infrastructure and construction projects. Qatar has built a new city, Lusail, to host the finals of the World Cup. According to the Qatar government, the country is spending the equivalent of $500 million each week leading up to the tournament on creating new hospitals, hotels, airports, and, most importantly, several new stadiums.   

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Fueling the economy  

   

The country is expecting 1.2-1.5 million fans, that’s more than double its current population. The tournament has created more than 1.5 million jobs in key sectors such as construction, real estate, and hospitality. The country is also expecting a huge increase in tourism as millions stream into the nation ahead of the tournament.  

   

The major investment could pay off economically as Qatar’s GDP is set to rise by 4.1% by the end of 2022. According to FIFA officials, the tournament will generate $20 billion pumped back into Qatar’s economy.  

2022 Qatar World Cup: Numbers you should know  

   

$20 billion: The estimated revenue Qatar will generate for hosting the World Cup. FIFA is expected to generate $7 billion in revenue for the event.  

3 million: The number of FIFA World Cup tickets sold. The top 5 ticket buyers by country are – Qatar, the USA, Saudi Arabia, England, and Mexico.  

1.2 million: Qatar estimates 1.2 million visitors during the tournament, that’s more than half its current local population.   

4468: The size of Qatar is square miles making it the smallest country to host the World Cup yet.  

1300 – The expected number of daily flights throughout the World Cup.   

84: The average high temperature (in Fahrenheit) in Qatar in November.  

26 – 21: The average temperatures (in degrees Celsius) in Qatar during November and December respectively.  

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World Cup to boost GCC economies  

The world cup will also benefit neighboring middle east nations.   

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) economies are predicting a boost from the Qatar event, reports Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings report.   

In a report, the S&P said: “We also foresee a post-World Cup slowdown in economic activity in Qatar. Oversupply in the hospitality and real estate sectors could somewhat moderate their performance, although we don’t expect this to materially affect banking sector asset quality.   

“We estimate real GDP growth of 4.8% in 2022, a sharp increase on 2021 (1.5 percent), partly due to the additional economic activity associated with the World Cup, but also reflecting the ongoing recovery following the removal of COVID-19-related restrictions. We estimate non-oil GDP growth in 2022 at 8 percent, compared with close to 3 % in 2021.” 

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