Thursday, December 2, 2010
Today Qatar became the first Arab country to host the world cup, a tremendous achievement that deserves recognition. The cup will be hosted in 2022, that's 12 years from now but Qatar has a lot to do, and even more questions to answer. It's a country that has a population of 1.7 million people and is 11,437 Km2 large, most of which is desert.
There is a huge construction boom going on at the moment, but how much can they really build in 12 years? Who will build it all, and will this small nation be able to fund it? If so, is it really worth the return on investment? A lot of questions to be answered in a relatively short period of time. However, the biggest question lingers in my mind, one that doesn't involve construction or money, but politics. Qatar is an Arab state technically doesn't recognize the existence of the state of Israel. Assuming that Israel qualifies for the World Cup of 2022, will Qatar be forced to allow the Israeli team to attend the event? What will this mean for Qatar's relationship with neighboring Arab states? Will Israeli tourists be allowed to attend the World Cup even if their nation doesn't qualify?
Only time will tell...