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Qatar and the World Cup – Questions and Answers

Logo for the blog Tabsir with black and white photos from the Middle East.

CMES Phd researcher Joel Abdelmoez has written a Q & A on Qatar and the World Cup on the blog Tabsir.

In the blog post, Joel describes Qatar politically and economically and discusses the controversies surrounding Qatar acting as host to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. One issue is the fact that Qatar and FIFA have been accused of corruption and irregularities in relation to the election process. Another key critique has to do with worker's rights, health and safety as Qatar prepared for the World Cup. As Joel writes: "It is estimated that around 6500 migrant workers have died during the constructions of the many football stadiums built in Qatar since they won the host election, although many believe that the real number is even higher". Joel concludes the Q&A by discussing what it means to accept Qatar as the host and what demands should be put on Qatar ahead of the World Cup.

Link to the Tabsir blog post (published on 24 May 2022)

Joel Abdelmoez's research profile