2022 World Cup 'will set the benchmark for future events'
September 11 2018 09:57 PM
Hassan al-Thawadi during the panel discussion
Hassan al-Thawadi during the panel discussion

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be a benchmark for future events from a legacy perspective, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) secretary-general Hassan  has stressed.

He made the observation while speaking at a panel discussion during the recently held Qatar-Germany Business and Investment Economic Forum in Berlin, Germany, in which the SC participated.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani opened the event, announcing plans for investments worth €10bn in Germany over the next five years in recognition of the strength of the German economy and its preeminent position in Europe.
Al-Thawadi further recognised Germany’s “principled” support for Qatar since the onset of the illegal blockade.
The forum sought to develop commercial relations between Qatari organisations and businesses and their German counterparts.
During the event, al-Thawadi participated on a panel titled 'Tourism, Health and Sports: The Road to World Cup 2022', sc.qa reported.
He spoke alongside HE the Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) acting chairman Hassan al-Ibrahim, FC Bayern Munich executive board member Andreas Jung, German Hotel and Catering Association Berlin president Christian Andresen and Marc Nolla Harvey, director, Digital Transformation Office — SAP EMEA South.
The SC secretary-general discussed the lessons Qatar has taken from previous mega-sporting events, including World Cups and Olympic Games, among others.
He said, “Germany 2006 was particularly inspirational for us because the legacy of that tournament is still being felt today. We adopted the same approach with our preparations: planning for legacy begins the moment you win the right to host the tournament. From demountable stadiums to promoting healthy living, I’m confident the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be a benchmark for future events from a legacy perspective.”
The SC secretary-general also discussed the vital role that over 30 German companies have played in Qatar’s World Cup preparations to date.
German firms have been involved in the development of major tournament infrastructure, including five of the eight stadiums planned for the tournament, he noted.
He concluded his remarks by emphasising the positives offered by Qatar’s compact hosting concept, which will provide players with more time for rest and recovery between games while enabling fans to enjoy the tournament from one accommodation location.
Alongside the SC, numerous public and private sector Qatari organisations participated in the forum, including QTA, Qatari Diar, Qatar Petroleum and the Qatar Free Zones Authority.
It was the ninth Qatar Business and Investment Forum organised to highlight the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts’ commitment to economic diversification, according to the sc.qa report.
By promoting outward and inward investment into industries such as sports, tourism and manufacturing, the forum plays a vital role in diversifying Qatar’s economy in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.

Last updated: September 11 2018 10:00 PM

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