Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
The bid and tournament
Following a decision made by the FIFA Executive Committee in March 2015, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will take place over 28 days from 21 November to 18 December 2022, with the final being held on Qatar's National Day.
1: Maximum number of hours that people will have to spend travelling between venues during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, allowing fans, media, officials and delegates to watch more than one match in a single day while staying in the same accommodation throughout the tournament.
8: Number of stadiums announced by the SC to-date. Khalifa International Stadium, the first FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ ready venue, was launched in May 2017. Al Janoub Stadium, the first FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ host venue to be built from scratch was inaugurated in May 2019. Main contractor works on all other venues will be completed by 2020.
15-24°C: Average low and high temperatures during November and December in Qatar.
49: Number of different nationalities working for the SC. The organisation has recruited top talent from around the globe to deliver a historic FIFA World Cup™ and its diversity reflects Qatar's commitment to deliver a tournament that bridges cultures, breaks down social barriers and unites the world.
1st title: Qatar will compete in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ as the reigning champions of Asia after winning the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in January 2019. Qatar defeated three Russia 2018 qualifiers – Saudi Arabia, Korea Republic and Japan – en route to winning the title in the UAE.
1981: The year Qatar stunned the football world by reaching the final of the FIFA World Youth Championships (now the FIFA U-20 World Cup), defeating Brazil and England on the way.
1992: The year Qatar reached the quarter-finals of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games' football tournament and won its first ever Gulf Cup.
9,520: Number of athletes who participated in 424 events across 39 sports during the 15th Asian Games (XV Asiad) in Doha in 2006, widely regarded as the most successful to-date. In hosting the FIFA World Cup™, Qatar is building on a strong tradition of hosting international sporting events, including tennis, golf, gymnastics and motorsport.
40,000: Seating capacity of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, the first fully demountable tournament venue in FIFA World Cup™ history.
1,500,000: Number of fans expected to visit Qatar during the FIFA World Cup 2022™.
53,000,000: annual capacity of Doha's Hamad International Airport in 2022.
All figures above are correct as of August 2019.
Yes. Cooling technology was an important commitment of Qatar's bid, not only for the success of the 2022 tournament, but also as a legacy for Qatar and the region. By building stadiums that incorporate cooling technology, we will ensure that our facilities can be used all year round. The same technology could be adopted by other countries with a similar climate. Furthermore, the cooling technology is being developed for a number of different uses that will leave a legacy well beyond 2022.
Qatar's ground-breaking cooling technology was showcased for the first time when Khalifa International Stadium was successfully inaugurated in May 2017. The temperature inside the stadium was just 25C, while the outside temperature was 43C.
The unique compact nature of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ means there will be an Olympic Village feel in Qatar. The SC is implementing a range of concepts to ensure fans travelling to Qatar in 2022 have a variety of options. Whether that is a 3* or a 5* hotel, a room on a temporarily moored cruise ship or a Bedouin-style tent under the stars, fans will be offered some truly unique accommodation options as well as more conventional ones so there will be something to suit every visitor. The SC bid included a promise of 100,000 rooms and this will be exceeded.
The compact nature of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is a unique feature of the tournament, and it will have a positive impact on players and fans. Not only will fans be able to watch more than one match in a single day, they will also avoid the long journeys to other matches seen in previous FIFA World Cups™ – where some games were played thousands of miles apart.
Due to massive infrastructure investment currently underway in Qatar, which includes a brand-new metro system, fans will be able to commute easily. Qatar provides a great base from which fans can explore the region, with Hamad International Airport able to handle 8,700 passengers every hour during peak times.
It is the players who will benefit from the compact nature of the 2022 tournament more than anyone else. With their accommodation being permanent for the entire tournament, training pitches only minutes away, and stadiums a short coach journey away, no matter which stadium they find themselves playing in, teams will enjoy ideal game preparation, with more time spent on rest and training and less time spent on travel.
The SC is currently working to a budget of around QAR 23bn (approximately US$6.5bn) on stadiums and training sites over 12 years, which is comparable to recent FIFA World Cup™ tournaments and Olympic Games. It is important to note that the vast majority of national infrastructure development will not be financed by the SC. Road network expansions and the metro system are two examples of projects being delivered as part of Qatar National Vision 2030, and would have been implemented regardless of Qatar's successful bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2022™.
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will be a family-friendly tournament, combining traditional Qatari and Arab hospitality with innovative fan and player experiences to ensure a truly unique experience in 2022.
Qatar is only an eight-hour flight from two thirds of the world's population, meaning it will be one of the most accessible tournaments ever. It is also a base from which, after the tournament, fans can easily explore the rest of the region.
Alcohol is not part of Qatari culture, and may not be available everywhere, but it will be available in designated areas. FIFA will work with Q22, as it does with all FIFA World Cup™ host nations, to find a solution that satisfies everyone concerned.
The number of stadiums announced by the SC to-date is eight. Qatar's bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2022™ included 12 stadiums as per FIFA's requirements. As is the case with any FIFA World Cup™, once a country is chosen as host, a review of the bid plans is made to propose the final host cities and stadium projects for approval by FIFA. This is the same process that all FIFA World Cup™ host nations undergo.
As with stadiums in Innsbruck and Basel during the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, the SC is building several 'modular' venues for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, which will have demountable top tiers. Ras Abu Aboud Stadium in Doha will be the first fully demountable FIFA World Cup™ stadium.
Qatar's proposal is to donate demountable grandstand seats to countries in need of sporting infrastructure, thereby supporting the creation of a strong legacy of football development.
The SC believes this proposal will ensure that Qatar is left with stadiums fit for purpose beyond 2022. We plan to have no so-called 'white elephants'.
Qatar is consistently ranked as the safest country in the region and in the top 20 globally. Qatar already hosts more than 90 major sporting events annually and the country's planning with international partners for these events has ensured their successful and safe delivery every time.
Qatar has also formed a National Security Committee to focus on security at the tournament.
The Security Committee has already signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with the UK Home Office, French Gendarmerie, the ICSS, the Council of Europe and INTERPOL, and has attended dozens of major sporting events around the world to gain additional hands-on experience.
We are pleased to say that there has been no impact on the delivery timetable and it is very much business as usual. Progress has been a testament to the resilience of the SC team, but also the contingency plans that were in place before construction began in 2014.
Progress will continue as planned and absolutely everyone will be welcome for the tournament in Qatar in 2022. The tournament is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the region. We have always maintained that this FIFA World Cup™ can and should leave a legacy not just for Qatar, but for the whole Middle East and Arab world.
Tickets are the sole responsibility of FIFA and will be available for purchase from FIFA's website. The schedule for ticket sales will be announced by FIFA in due course.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) was established by the State of Qatar in 2011 to deliver the infrastructure and host country planning and operations required for Qatar to host a historic FIFA World Cup™ which accelerates its progress towards achieving national development goals and creates a lasting legacy for the country, region, Asia and the world.
In early 2019, Qatar and FIFA announced the launch of a new joint venture to organise the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC (Q22) was unveiled as the body responsible for the planning and delivery of the tournament, with H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi serving as Chairman of the Board and Nasser Al Khater as Chief Executive Officer. The new joint venture will benefit from the vast knowledge and experience Qatar has gained since winning the bid in 2010 and FIFA's extensive tournament delivery expertise.
In addition to H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi and Nasser Al Khater, the management board of the new entity is composed of FIFA's Secretary General, Fatma Samoura; FIFA's two Deputy Secretary Generals, Mattias and Alasdair Bell; FIFA's Chief Tournaments & Events Officer, Colin Smith; FIFA's Chief Legal Officer, Emilio Garcia Silvero; Chairman of the Operations Office and Vice Chairman of the Technical Delivery Office at the SC, Eng. Yasir Al Jamal; and Qatar Football Association (QFA) Vice President, Saoud Al Mohannadi.
H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi is the Secretary General of the SC. His appointment in March 2011 as Secretary General followed on from his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee, in which he worked closely with the Bid Chairman, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, promoting Qatar's successful attempt to host the FIFA World Cup™ in the region for the first time.
In addition to this, he serves as the Chairman of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC, which is responsible for organising and staging the event.
A lawyer by profession, the Secretary General previously served as General Counsel for the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Qatar Holding, entities founded by the State of Qatar in 2005 to strengthen and diversify the national economy. He maintains a role at QIA as Legal Adviser.
The Secretary General also holds board positions at key national stakeholders concerned with delivering the national infrastructure necessary for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. These include Katara Hospitality (previously known as Qatar National Hotels, a hospitality owner, manager and developer), Qatar Rail (the owner and operator of Qatar's rail network) and Qatari Diar (established in 2005 to support Qatar's growing economy by coordinating the country's real estate development priorities).
In 2013, the Secretary General was appointed to the FIFA World Cup Organising Committee (the Committee responsible for all matters pertaining to the FIFA World Cup™) as Special Adviser.
The Secretary General is a law graduate from the University of Sheffield in the UK and speaks four languages.
As per Amiri Decree No. 2 for 2018, the SC Board of Directors is chaired by H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, with H.H. the Personal Representative of the Amir serving as Vice-Chairman.
Members of the board includes H.E. the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; H.E. the President of the Qatar Olympic Committee; H.E. Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad Al Thani as Managing Director; H.E. the Minister of Finance; H.E. the Minister of Culture and Sports; H.E. the Minister of Development Planning and Statistics; H.E. the Minister of Transport and Communications; H.E. the Minister of Municipality and Environment; and H.E. the President of the Qatar Football Association.
The SC has always believed that Qatar's hosting of the FIFA World Cup™ can be a catalyst to accelerate positive initiatives already being undertaken in Qatar, leaving a legacy of meaningful and sustainable progress with regards to workers' welfare.
Please visit our dedicated Workers' Welfare website for a comprehensive and up-to-date breakdown of the steps the SC has taken, and continues to take, to improve and protect the welfare of people working on SC projects. These include details about the work the SC does with independent third parties such as Building and Wood Worker's International (BWI), Impactt Ltd. and Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar.
The health and safety of our workers remains our number one priority. The SC has an accident frequency rate (AFR) of 0.03, a rate that is lower than that of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, considered to be one of the most efficient mega events ever hosted from a health and safety perspective.
Tragically however, there were three work-related fatalities in the first four years of construction. Details of every significant accident on site are included in our regular Workers' Welfare Progress Reports.
The Qatari Government has introduced a number of labour reforms to the country's Kafala sponsorship system and launched and implemented a variety of other initiatives aimed at ensuring workers' rights are respected. For more information on the Government's reforms, please visit the website of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs. The Arabic language website can be found here.
The SC is taking all necessary precautions for workers, in line with the COVID-19 preventative measures and interim guidelines recommended by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). We have utilised our existing network of medical clinics across all sites and accommodations, immediately implementing the following actions:
- Awareness sessions delivered on construction sites and accommodations to educate workers on the importance of prevention.
- Workers’ temperatures taken twice daily.
- Masks and sanitisers distributed on SC projects.
- In case of shortage of masks, personal scarves used by workers were advised for use. Disinfection measures have been applied to these scarves using separate washing machines.
- Non-essential visitors to SC construction sites prohibited.
- Isolation rooms established on all SC sites and accommodations.
- Interim disinfection protocols have been implemented at site and accommodation medical facilities.
- All healthcare professionals following MoPH interim measures to control COVID-19 outbreak issued on 1 March 2020.
- Workers with chronic disease and those above 55 years have been temporarily demobilised from site due to them being more vulnerable to COVID-19. The SC is ensuring that they stay in SC compliant accommodation and they continue to receive salaries.
- Carried out inspections of existing caterers’ kitchen facilities and based on risk assessment, identified caterers that either need to (i) upgrade their kitchen operations; or (ii) be replaced with a caterer that is equipped with better facilities, to ensure in both cases that higher standards are in place to mitigate against COVID-19.
- Consulted with the SC Workers’ Welfare in-house doctor to identify a list of food items that are recommended for consumption as well as those that should be prohibited (as these items make them more vulnerable to COVID-19). The same has been circulated to all the caterers serving food on SC sites.
- Developed a Task Specific Inspection checklists and conducted inspections across all SC construction sites' mess halls, to identify if all requirements with respect to hygiene and sanitation are met.
- The SC is currently evaluating the possibility of relocating workers residing in non-SC accommodation to a centralised SC compliant and managed accommodation.
We have carried out a risk assessment across all SC projects including work sites and accommodation sites to determine which workers are most at risk of contracting COVID-19. This assessment allows us a greater chance to control the virus spreading to our workforce and Qatar’s wider population. Workers with chronic disease and those above 55 years have been temporarily demobilised from site due to them being more vulnerable to COVID-19. The SC is ensuring that they stay in SC compliant accommodation and they continue to receive salaries.
The SC is screening workers where applicable. All workers with upper respiratory tract symptoms are examined by our work site doctors and nurses following the Minstry of Public Health Minstry of Public Health (MoPH) Visual Triage screening. Only suspected cases are reported as per MoPH Reporting Guidelines. As per MoPH protocol, testing for COVID-19 is only permitted to take place within Hamad Hospital and and Communicable Disease Center assigned hospitals.
A number of staff and workers on SC sites have tested positive for COVID-19. The SC’s response is guided by the procedures and advice from the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), which is leading on the treatment of those diagnosed with COVID-19 in Qatar.
Those that have tested positive are being treated in isolation by MoPH at their designated medical facility and monitored on an ongoing basis by medical professionals. The period of isolation is dependent on the progress of each case. Those who came into close contact with the confirmed cases of COVID-19 are being quarantined at a designated area in the relevant accommodation for a period of 14-days as a precautionary measure and will continue to be monitored.
These workers will continue to receive their salaries whilst in isolation in line with Qatari government policy. Free COVID-19-related healthcare for all is also guaranteed by the Government.
The SC’s clinics are reporting criteria for suspected cases fulfilling the requirement of MoPH for reporting on a daily basis. This reporting is taking place through unified confidential software, the SystmOne software, introduced by the SC in partnership with The Phoenix Partnership (TPP), which offers an integrated electronic records system for workers – a first of its kind in Qatar.
SystmOne is supporting the clinics by ensuring uninterrupted anytime, anywhere access to workers medical information. TPP has also created several clinical decision support tools to enable clinicians to correctly record and manage suspected COVID- 19 cases in accordance with MoPH guidelines. The SC has further established isolation rooms at all of its workers’ accommodation sites to test suspected cases and provide appropriate medical care. .
The SC is regularly screening workers where applicable. All workers with upper respiratory tract symptoms are examined by our work site doctors and nurses following the MoPH Visual Triage screening. Only suspected cases are reported as per MoPH Reporting Guidelines. As per MoPH protocol, testing for COVID-19 is only permitted to take place within Hamad Hospital and CDC assigned hospitals.
The SC has a comprehensive medical framework on all projects and accommodations, including dedicated nurses, doctors and clinics. The SC’s Workers’ Welfare department has its own doctor who is responsible for coordinating the work of all healthcare professionals connected to our projects.
The SC is on alert for any COVID-19 symptoms and, if detected, will follow Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) protocol. The SC also has a robust contingency plan in place, with adequate resources ready to provide sufficient medical care if conditions worsen.
All COVID-19-related healthcare is provided free of charge by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). Treatment for any other medical condition is provided by HMC or provided by our contractors, as per the SC’s mandated Workers’ Welfare Standards.
Assuming necessary flight restrictions do not impact routes to the home countries of workers, anyone can travel to their home countries in the case of an emergency. Any further changes to the State of Qatar’s evolving travel policy will be strictly adhered to by the SC and its contractors.
The SC will work with its contractors to ensure workers that are currently on leave will be able to report to duty once airports reopen.
The SC has established isolation rooms in separate blocks and/ or buildings on all of our accommodations and will continue to follow MoPH protocol. We will continue to test where relevant, with any suspected cases reported to the relevant authorities with the appropriate action taken.
The SC has also worked closely with specialists at the MoPH and the Mental Health Service of Hamad Medical Corporation to develop a mental health awareness campaign targeted at workers, available in eight languages. The campaign focuses on areas considered high-risk to any person during such times, including general well-being, depression, anxiety, managing quarantine and social distancing, and the importance of physical activity.
On 31 March 2020 the Ministry of Administrative Development Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) announced that workers in quarantine and isolation will be paid full salary without any deduction and it is mandatory for employers and companies to follow the policies. As much as QAR 3 billion has been earmarked to pay the salaries of workers and rents of employers.
Under article 82 of the Qatari Labour Law, employees are entitled to sick leave with pay for each year of service, unless within the first three months of employment, and provided the employee can provide a medical report issued by a competent physician approved by the employer.
Employees are entitled to full sick pay for two weeks, reducing to half pay thereafter for a further four weeks. Sick leave can be extended for a maximum of six weeks beyond this period until the worker either resumes his duties or is unable to return to work due to health reasons.
If an employee chooses to resign from his job during the first six weeks of sick leave, his or her employer is liable to settle the balance of all financial entitlements. This provision shall also apply in the event of death by reason of sickness before the end of the aforementioned six weeks. If an employee takes sick leave for the full 12-week period, this does not constitute an interruption of continuous service and will not affect any end of service gratuity which is owed.
Companies may provide benefits beyond the law at their own discretion. The SC remains in constant dialogue with all of our contractors and will engage with contractors on a case-by-case basis if any issues directly relating to salary payment occur. As we have no confirmed cases, this is not currently an issue.
The SC is reviewing the situation on a continuous basis and will take the necessary measures to protect the health and safety of all construction workers and direct staff, which may include temporary suspension of work as and when required.