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Qatar Government backs massive investment in sport and related infrastructure
The Emir of Qatar has approved Qatar's biggest ever annual budget with unprecedented spending planned on infrastructure projects including World Cup stadiums.
Total annual expenditure of US$60 billion, based on projected national revenues of US$62 billion, has been endorsed by Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The spending plan for the 2014-2015 fiscal year is up 3.7% on the previous year.
The increase in expenditure is accounted for by a major ramp-up of infrastructure projects prioritised for national development, which include venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
US$24 billion has been allocated for key projects including sports-related infrastructure in advance of the country hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The investment is necessary to start construction of new stadiums in Al Khor, Al Rayyan, Al Whakra, Khalifa and Lusail.
In related news, an international academic research team from Stenden University Qatar (SUQ) and Edinburgh Napier University will collaborate on two-year research project into the sustainability of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The first phase of a US$235,000 (QR856,000) research project funded by the prestigious National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) - the flagship funding program of Qatar Foundation’s Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) – will investigate the promotion of a sustainable and positive legacy for Qatar’s FIFA World Cup in 2022.
The two-year research project, entitled Leveraging the 2022 Qatar World Football Cup for the promotion of green and active living: a multiple stakeholder evaluation of strategic options will focus on promoting healthy, active lifestyles as well as green initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint in Qatar.
This is the first Stenden research project to have been awarded QNRF funding, and signals a new emphasis on research at SUQ as the university’s academics gear up to initiate a number of tourism research projects to help realise the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy.
SUQ Lecturer Dr Dan Musinguzi, a research specialist in tourism impacts, residents’ perceptions of tourism, service quality and cultural heritage, and Stephanie Bourne are collaborating with Edinburgh Napier University experts Dr Eleni Theodoraki, Dr Jane Ali-Knight and Dr Maktoba Omar. Dr Theodoraki is an international events expert recently involved with UNESCO in preparing the sports policy agenda for the World Congress of Sport Ministers.
The team of researchers will liaise with event organisers, public health experts, physical educators, city planners and environmental agencies in Qatar to develop findings that will be shared with the Qatar Government and world football governing body FIFA.
Initially, researchers will contact event organisers in Qatar across multiple sectors including sports, health, education, banking, retail business and technology to assess through an online questionnaire what green and active campaigns and messages are currently being promoted in Qatar via events. The project aims to be a knowledge-sharing platform, setting up a network for all organisers to ensure their events promote positive social habits. Recycling and low carbon use are amongst these as well as increased physical activity and sports participation, all of which will help to create a positive legacy from the 2022 World Cup.
Dr Muzinguzi explains “this is a fascinating and highly topical issue, not only in Qatar but for the organisers of many international events throughout the world – how they can create a sustainable legacy from events to benefit those living in the country for years to come.
“We are grateful to QNRF for their generous funding and to our partners at Edinburgh Napier University. As Stenden continues to strengthen its research capabilities, this will be the first of many new research projects our academic experts will be working on to support sports’ tourism development and diversification of Qatar’s economy.”
Stenden University Qatar (SUQ) is the Arabian Gulf’s only vocational hospitality and international business management college and the leading institution for hospitality and tourism training. Click here for details.
8th March 2014 - QATAR MOVES INTO NEXT STAGE OF 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP DEVELOPMENTS
21st September 2012 - QATAR SECURES 2016 WORLD ROAD CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
12th May 2012 - QATAR TO INVEST $17 BILLION IN TOURISM
3rd December 2010 - QATAR WINS 2022 WORLD CUP BID
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