The World Cup in Qatar in 2022 will be the first time the tournament has been held in the country and the first time for the World Cup to take place in the Middle East.
The tournament faced problems in terms of heat and all of the matches would have had to be played at night, if a summer tournament had gone ahead. In 2015 the decision was made to switch the tournament from summer to winter and the provisional dates for World Cup 2022 are now 21 November to 18 December 2022. With a minimal time difference with Europe the event promises to be perfect for broadcasters.
New stadiums will be built in Al Shamal, in the north of Qatar close to Al Ruweis, in Al Khor and in Al Wakra. The country also plans to upgrade the existing stadiums in Al Gahraffa and Al Rayyan.
The new stadiums will be the first air-conditioned outdoor stadiums - but not at a cost to the environment. Utilising solar power, carbon zero cooling technology will ensure that the temperature is never more than 27 degrees Celsius.
Overall the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar has been surrounded by controversy with doubts cast of the validity of the bidding process surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups following the suspension of FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini and the earlier arrest of several high-ranking Fifa officials accused of bribe-taking and corruption. The large number of deaths among South Asian workers building Qatar's World Cup infrastructure has also raised doubts over the wisdom of awarding the tournament to the country in the first place.
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