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Football World Cup to add up to $17bn to Qatari economy

Football World Cup to add up to $17bn to Qatari economy

The Gulf country is set to attract 1.2 million visitors, within its earlier estimated range of between 1 million and 1.5 million

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Qatar expects November’s soccer World Cup to add as much as $17bn to its economy, lower than a previous estimate of $20bn.

The Gulf country is set to attract 1.2 million visitors, within its earlier estimated range of between 1 million and 1.5 million, Nasser Al Khater, chief executive officer of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, said in a Bloomberg Television interview on Wednesday.

Qatar wants to use the tournament to showcase its rapid expansion from a small pearl-diving enclave to Gulf metropolis, energy-exporting power and transit hub. Still, the tournament has been beset with controversies. Al Khater said the criticism was overlooking progress Qatar had made, pointing to legislation including minimum wages for workers and setting their employment hours.

Insufficient accommodation for fans has been another area of concern. To meet expected demand, Qatar has leased two luxury cruise liners, encouraged homeowners to rent their properties to visitors, and set up a system of shuttle flights so fans can stay in other nearby countries.

Thousands of rooms in many luxury hotels have been set aside for FIFA officials and players, and Al Khater said the country will provide more for visitors.

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