“In dreams begin responsibilities,” wrote the well-known Irish poet WB Yeats. Literary works, identical to music and different types of artwork, are immortal. They stay related for many years and centuries. I used to be reminded of those traces once I just lately visited Doha, the capital of the Arab nation Qatar. This nation has been harbouring a dream for greater than a decade, which is to appeal a world viewers when it hosts the FIFA World Cup within the final two months of 2022. It actually is an onerous accountability and the small peninsular nation is placing its finest foot ahead to make this sporting extravaganza successful.
The Dress Rehearsal
The event for our go to was the Lusail Super Cup, in some ways a remaining gown rehearsal to test Qatar’s readiness to host the World Cup. The match between the reigning league champions of Saudi Arabia (Al Hilal) and Egypt (Zamalek) was held on the Lusail Stadium, the venue for the ultimate of the World Cup on December 18. The stadium, which may host 80,000 spectators, was choc-a-bloc as followers drove in from neighbouring Saudi Arabia and different middle-eastern international locations, together with worldwide journalists and prime delegates of soccer’s governing physique.
The occasion helped the organisers check not simply the amenities on the stadium but additionally their transport system, which features a newly constructed state-of-the-art metro rail, that’s anticipated to bear the burden of facilitating communication when greater than two million followers go to the nation in round ten weeks’ time.
The stadium in itself is a murals. Its design is impressed by the interaction of sunshine and shadow that characterises the ‘fanar’ lantern. Its form and facade echo the intricate ornamental motifs on bowls and different vessels attribute of the golden age of artwork and craftsmanship within the Arab and Islamic world.
Ever because the 2022 FIFA World Cup rights have been awarded to Qatar in 2010, there was loads of criticism and scrutiny. But with the occasion simply days away, the organisers are hoping to vary the notion of the world.
“Journalists and members of the media know that Qatar has been facing a lot of criticism from the beginning. We have always maintained the fact that those who have not visited Qatar will have a different perception when they do visit Qatar,” Nasser Al-Khater, CEO of FIFA World Cup 2022, stated in a press convention forward of the Lusail Super Cup.
“We believe that lot of the criticism has been unfair and based not on factual reality. Whatever we thought was fair criticism we have taken on board. Qatar has developed a lot in the last 10 years and this has led to significant changes that Qatar is proud of today,” he added.
One of the most important query marks was concerning the local weather as gamers may wrestle on the sector regardless of the temperatures staying within the mid-20 levels (celsius) within the winter months. But these fears have been allayed because the stadiums have been outfitted with an air-conditioning system that may maintain the taking part in space in addition to the stands cool. We encountered this primary hand throughout the Lusail Super Cup, and the expertise was fairly snug on an evening when warmth and humidity was fairly excessive.
The different huge concern for travelling followers was concerning the availability of alcohol throughout the occasion as ingesting in public areas just isn’t permitted in Qatar. The organisers fielded loads of questions on the alcohol coverage for the event and so they knowledgeable that sale of beer shall be permitted in choose areas, which embrace the ‘fan zones’. But in addition they knowledgeable that nobody may usher in alcohol into the nation from outdoors.
“I think alcohol will not allowed through the airport and suitcases. There are locations where alcohol will be sold throughout the country,” Colonel Jassim Abdulrahim Al Sayed from the Safety and Security Operations Committee stated.
With a watch on households, the organisers additionally knowledgeable that the primary fan zone will permit sale of alcohol after 6:30 pm.
“We are working like any other World Cup, like usual.
“Very merely, we’ve all the time acknowledged that the sale of alcohol obtainable in Qatar and can make it obtainable in particular zones.
“The fan fest will serve from 6:30pm, but it will attract a lot of families and children and we want to give them opportunity to be in alcohol-free zone for certain parts of the day. Later, the fans will have alcohol readily available,” CEO Al-Khater stated.
While the World Cup is certainly a momentous event for the Qatar and Qataris, it’s actually only a stepping stone for the nation. They plan to make use of this occasion as a launch pad to current the county as a serious vacationer vacation spot.
Doha as a metropolis is an amalgamation of the traditional Bedouin traditions and modern-day structure and dwelling. On one hand vacationers and followers shall be floored by the futuristic structure of the various skyscrapers, they will even be transported to medieval occasions after they step into the slender by lanes of the outdated market, the Souq Wakif.
The West Bay that edges the Persian Gulf is house to resorts and motels and their little marinas, which give an opulent escape and has a number of eating places the place vacationers can pattern the native delicacies.
The desert gives tenting and camel using points of interest whereas a journey on the dhow boats at sundown could possibly be an ideal approach to unwind for the guests.
The National Museum, housed in a constructing that’s impressed by the intricate design of a desert rose crystal present in Qatar, is an architectural marvel from the surface. The museum itself is a repository of plentiful details about the nation’s historical past and its achievements and presents all of it in an interactive method.
The 3-2-1 Sports Museum is one other unbelievable place to go to particularly for sports activities followers. It at present homes the Olympic torches and memorabilia from 100 well-known sports activities stars, which embrace Indian legends Major Dhyan Chand, Sachin Tendulkar and MC Mary Kom.
All in all, Qatar is opening its arms and asking the world to come back expertise its distinctive tradition and panorama when it hosts the FIFA World Cup.
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