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Fifa World Cup 2022

On the 2nd December 2010 Qatar was named as the host of the 2022 Fifa World Cup. Qatar got the better of Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States. The decision was made following a secret ballot of Fifa's 22 executive members in Zurich, and was made at the same time as Russia was chosen to host the Fifa World Cup 2018. It'll be the first time Qatar will host the Fifa World Cup finals, as well as being the first time an Arab nation hosts the World Cup. In reaction to the announcement there were celebrations on the streets of Doha. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatar's Emir, was in attendance in Zurich, and thanked Fifa for "believing in change".


Voting was done using a multiple round exhaustive ballot system, with the candidate receiving the least votes in each round being eliminated until a single candidate was chosen by the majority. Qatar obtained an outright majority of 14 in the 4th round of voting


Under its proposal to FIFA, Qatar will build 9 new stadiums and renovate 3, with the 12 venues divided among 7 host cities (the longest distance between stadiums is 70km). See Qatar World Cup stadiums. The proposed Lusail Iconic Stadium is scheduled to host the opening and final matches, and will be situated in a whole city (Lusail) that is yet to be built. Construction is due to begin in 2014 or 2015.

Qatar's bid organisers say that the stadiums will be zero-carbon emitting and climate controlled (The Fifa World Cup is always held in Europe's off-season in June and July, and during this time Qatar's average daytime high is in excess of 40 °C).

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