The Gulf Crisis and Qatar's FIFA World Cup 2022

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The Issue

In June 2017, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and introduced an economic and trade embargo that closed Qatar's only land border and heavily restricted the sea and airspace open to Qatar-bound traffic. Which is why, the import of construction materials  to build the eight stadiums for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar have become more expensive, and they have to travel a longer route. The supply chain for the construction material has become much more complicated for Qatar to complete all their work in time. 

 

Assurance by Qatar

After people started speculating if Qatar can complete their preparations for the World Cup on time, Qatar has assured that in no way that will happen. Even though their expenses will go higher and may take a little longer for the construction materials to arrive, but this will not impair  the Gulf state's ability to complete infrastructures on time.

"There's a solution for every challenge that presents itself. We work with our contractors to ensure that we can deliver long­-term supply chain solutions and alternatives", said Hassan Al­-Thawadi, the Secretary General of the Qatar World Cup Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.

Attendance could be in jeopardy

The World Cup 2022 will be the first-ever World Cup that will be held in the Middle East. The World Cup is  expected to attract a greater number of fans from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. 

Governments in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, if they are still insistent on maintaining their boycott that involves a ban on travel and the cutting off of all land, sea and air links with Qatar, will find themselves in a tough position if they deprive their people the chance to attend the first ever World Cup held in their region and by an Arab country.

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