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Qatar was able to restore its image and did not win.

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The World Cup has just ended. A 22e A version of the World Cup without obvious clashes, with final selections between Argentina and France, which seems to have – almost – forgotten all the disputes over Qatar, Bill Mill accused of mocking workers’ rights, discriminating against women or women. LGBTQ+, disproportionate environmental impact… Not to mention the so-called “Qatargate” corruption case within the European Parliament.

Qatar World Cup: A behind-the-scenes journey

An Analysis of the World Cup’s Impact on Qatar’s International Image by Nabil Al-Nasri, Doctor of Political Science and author, with Raphael Le Majoric, of “Qatar Empire, the new game master?”And the published Published by Les Points sur les i.

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Was this World Cup a complete success for Qatar?

Nabil Nasri In general, no. But for the most part, yes. We must recognize that throughout the entire time the competition has been going on, in terms of flow management, traffic flow, access to stadiums, and security, there have been no notable incidents. On the part of the fans, there was no surplus, except for the thousands of Moroccan fans who were promised free tickets by Qatar, which they did not receive in the end, causing some chaos in the area around Al-Wakrah Stadium. With regard to the women, there was no incident, a first for a World Cup.

Qatar was able to restore its image, and it did not win in relation to the hiccups of last September, during a match between the Egyptian and Saudi teams that was a rehearsal: no access to drinking water, crowded metro, difficult-to-reach stadium … The Qatari authorities were a bit hesitant at the idea of ​​failing in front of the world and miss its main objective: to show the entire planet that Qatar can be a credible actor in international relations and in the geopolitics of sport and not just an oil and gas windfall.

In this, is it a success?

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Qatar succeeded in its bet: to become an important and influential partner in the “game”. And it was far from finished. Logistically, managing such a large influx in such a limited time in an area scarcely larger than Corsica, all this in a critical unfavorable context, there was reason to fear the worst. On the sports front, it is also a great achievement: the catastrophe of the Qatari national team was overshadowed by the brilliant successes, the victory of Saudi Arabia over Argentina, which was celebrated from Riyadh to Rabat, as well as the brilliant path of the Atlas Lions. , the Moroccan national team, which broke a glass ceiling by reaching the four rounds of the World Cup, which is a wonderful precedent for an African or Arab team.

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On the geopolitical level, the embrace of the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, at the end of the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup, shows that the Saudi blockade. What Qatar suffered from is, at least symbolically, buried. It was also the first official visit of UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed to Qatar since the return of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 2021 after four years of interruption.

If the Gulf states are able to show their conciliation, what about the rest of the world?

Qatar has been criticized very much over the past few years: too rich, too religious, homophobic, slavery, and so on. These criticisms forced Qatar to question itself. The country adopted the labor law to improve the living conditions of its workers and is the first Gulf country to do so. However, we are starting from a very far distance, and despite its reforms, the country is still a long way from international standards. And then, of course, as long as there are no foreign inspectors, these reforms will not be of much value if they are not implemented. Therefore, Qatar has no choice: it will have to continue the train of reforms if it wants to maintain itself at the level of a leading country and continue to host sports competitions such as the Asian Games in 2030, and perhaps the Olympic Games in 2030. 2036.

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After the World Cup surplus, is it possible to organize international green competitions?

What is the benefit of Qatar to bet on international sports competitions?

Dubai and Abu Dhabi have already captured culture and tourism, and sports have remained. He has to bet on the Qatari authorities to exist outside the gas and develop their economy at the same time that they are internationally recognized. From now on, Qatar has somehow trapped themselves because of their aggressive policies: if they expand their airport, build a new metro, a new environmental zone, or if they build stadiums, new roads, it is not just to spend their money, but with the aim of hosting new competitions and turning into International sports center. And that is, even for smaller sports like table tennis or paddle tennis, and of course Formula 1. In a global context of budget cuts where fewer and fewer countries are stepping up, those in the Gulf have the financial basis to bear the costs of such competitions and seek to occupy the field.

What will happen to the thousands of workers who worked on World Cup sites? Will they be sent home?

Qatar will not lose its workforce overnight. Road, hotel and airport infrastructures will always need to work. Several stadiums will have to be dismantled. And the pharaonic development of Qatar will not stop at the World Cup if it wants to position itself as a competitor to Dubai and be able to welcome, by 2030, more than 6 million international visitors annually. In any case, this is provided by its detailed plan “Qatar National Vision 2030”.

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However, even if it is planned to achieve greater autonomy for the country and the gradual “distillation” of its know-how, we should not forget that the Qataris are only 10% of the total population. For now, we are still in a system where all private and public economic sectors are controlled by Qatari families passing business from father to son. I cannot imagine native Qataris becoming laborers, servants, taxi drivers or junior employees overnight.

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