In Doha, as Qatar plays its last World Cup match on Tuesday, November 29, its face is visible everywhere. On buildings, shopping malls and even cars. He is the sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, is one of the men behind the controversial FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Since assuming the throne in 2013, he was not going to get it (he is only the second son of his father’s second wife), this former tennis player has not stopped sporting a diplomatic weapon.
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The goal: to use the huge income from the sale of gas to buy clubs like Paris Saint-Germain or organize competitions like the World Cup to be present on the international stage, to establish alliances and thus protect themselves. Qatar is a rich country, though hardly larger than Corsica, and is surrounded by the two regional powers, Saudi Arabia and Iran. The prince told reporters from Pointe that at the age of 11, he was shocked by the images of Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. From this perspective, making Doha a central crossroads for the world of sports seems to be an existential goal.
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