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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.

The SC

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is tasked with delivering proposed tournament venues and projects for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ – the first to be held in the Middle East – while ensuring that its preparations align with the Qatar National Vision 2030. The SC is currently focused on achieving the goals set out in its 2015-18 Strategic Plan.

These goals include:
• Effective programme and stakeholder management to ensure the timely delivery of infrastructure and proposed competition and non-competition venues.
• Fostering the development of Qatar’s private sector and streamlining regulatory frameworks.
• Finding exceptional local and international talent.
• Integrating Qatari culture into our hosting plans to provide the best possible image of the Middle East when the world arrives for our FIFA World Cup™.
• Making Qatari football more competitive and encouraging healthy lifestyles among the local population.
• Meeting our goal of an environmentally sustainable FIFA World Cup by adopting high environmental standards on all projects.

H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi is the Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. His appointment in March 2011 as Secretary General followed on from his role as Chief Executive Officer in Qatar’s 2022 Bid Committee, in which he worked closely with the Bid Chairman, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, promoting Qatar’s successful attempt to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the Middle East for the first time. In addition to this, he also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the newly formed Local Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup™ in 2022, responsible for organising and staging the event. A lawyer by profession, Al Thawadi previously served as General Counsel for Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Qatar Holding, entities founded by the State of Qatar in 2005 to strengthen the national economy by diversifying into new asset classes and growing Qatar’s long-term strategic investments. He maintains a role at QIA as Legal Advisor.

Al Thawadi holds board positions at key national stakeholders of the SC concerned with delivering the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ including Katara Hospitality (previously known as Qatar National Hotels – a hospitality owner, manager and developer), Qatar Rail (the owner and manager of Qatar’s rail network) and Qatari Diar (established in 2005 and entrusted to support Qatar’s growing economy through coordination of the country’s real estate development priorities). He also holds roles on various boards and committees at Qatar UniversityQatar International Islamic BankMsheireb Properties and Hassad Food

In 2013, he was appointed to FIFA’s World Cup Organising Committee (the committee responsible for all matters pertaining to the FIFA World Cup™) as Special Adviser. 

Al Thawadi is a graduate in Law from the University of Sheffield and speaks four languages.

Nasser Fahad Al Khater is the Assistant Secretary General for Tournament Affairs with the SC. Previously he held the title of Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for the same organisation. In early 2015, he was also appointed Deputy CEO of the Qatar 2022 Local Organising Committee. Appointed to the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee in 2009, he oversaw both the media element and the impressive marketing campaign that led to Qatar's success in bringing the FIFA World Cup™ to the Middle East for the first time. Qatar’s 2022 Bid Campaign won and was nominated for a number of prestigious awards, including a Red Dot Award for brand identity, a GWA award for the technical design and production of the Qatar 2022 Bid Book and a EVA award for Qatar 2022's groundbreaking Legacy Pavilion. It was also a finalist in the Dubai Lynx and Benchmark Awards for brand identity. Before joining the Bid Committee, Al Khater worked with Qatari government agencies in establishing development strategies for small and medium size enterprises and on national leadership development programmes, which led to the establishment of Enterprise Qatar and the Qatar Leadership Centre. He spent five years at Shell, leading the firm's Intalaqa programme – an initiative aimed at fostering entrepreneurship for young Qatari nationals. This followed a five-year career working for international finance giant HSBC. Al Khater is a graduate of Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.

The bid & tournament

8: Number of stadiums announced by the SC to date. Construction is underway on six of these already, one of which – Khalifa International Stadium – is a refurbishment, while two stadium locations have been announced in the Ras Abu Aboud and Al Thumama areas of Doha. 6,574: Number of construction workers currently working on SC projects. 1,875,000: Number of man hours worked since last Lost Time Incident across all SC projects. 51: Number of different nationalities working for the SC. The organisation has recruited top talent from around the globe to deliver an amazing and historic FIFA World Cup™ and its diversity reflects Qatar’s commitment to a FIFA World Cup™ that is truly for the world. 15-24°C: Average low and high temperatures in December in Qatar. 170,000: The number of seats Qatar will donate to countries in need of sporting infrastructure after the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, in co-ordination with football's governing body. 50 kilometres: The maximum distance between host venues (Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City to Al Wakrah Stadium). 1: The maximum number of hours that football fans will have to spend travelling between venues during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, allowing fans, media, officials and delegates to watch more than one match in a single day while staying in the same accommodation throughout the tournament. 1981: The year Qatar stunned the football world by reaching the final of the FIFA World Youth Championships, defeating Brazil and England en route. 50,000,000: The expected annual capacity of the new Hamad International Airport in 2022. 9,520: The number of athletes who participated in 424 events across 39 sports during the Asian Games in Doha, widely regarded as the most successful to date. In hosting the FIFA World Cup™, Qatar is building on a strong tradition of hosting International sporting events, including tennis, golf and motor sport events. 1992: The year Qatar reached the quarter-finals of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games football tournament and won its first ever Gulf Cup. All figures are correct as of May 2016.

We maintain that we conducted our bid ethically and with integrity, strictly adhering to all rules and regulations for the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup™ bidding process.​ We have not been contacted by the US Department of Justice or the office of the Swiss Attorney General in relation to their investigations. We co-operated fully with Michael Garcia's Ethics Committee investigation and intend to do the same should there be any request from the American or Swiss authorities.
We strongly believe that hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the Middle East is more necessary than ever considering the global political climate. People from all corners of the world will come together on Arab soil, to celebrate and enjoy the world's greatest sporting event and we consider this a precious opportunity to enhance cultural understanding between people of different cultures and backgrounds, coming together through a shared passion for football.

Following a decision made by the FIFA Executive Committee in March 2015, the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ will be played in November and December 2022, with the final taking place on 18 December 2022 – Qatar’s National Day – and with the objective, in principle, of staging the tournament in 28 days. A working group will meet in due course to finalise the international match calendar for the 2019–2022 cycle.

Cooling technology was a key commitment of Qatar's bid, not only to host a successful tournament but also as a legacy for Qatar and the region. By building stadiums that incorporate cooling technology we will ensure that our facilities can be used all year round, and the same technology could be used by other countries with a similar climate. Furthermore, the cooling technology is being developed for a number of different uses that will leave a human and social legacy well beyond 2022.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) was officially registered and established in 2010, and will become increasingly involved in all matters related to tournament operations as the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ draws closer. The LOC held its last official board meeting in December 2015 and continues to work closely with FIFA.

The compact aspect of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ is one of the most unique features of the tournament, and it will have a profound impact on players and fans. Not only will fans be able to watch more than one match in a single day, they will also avoid long journeys to other matches as seen in previous FIFA World Cups™ with large host countries, where some games were played thousands of miles apart. Due to massive infrastructure investment currently underway in Qatar, which includes a brand new metro system, fans will be able to commute with ease. Qatar provides a great base from which fans can explore the region, with Hamad International Airport able to handle 8,700 passengers every hour at peak times. It is players who will benefit from the compact nature of the 2022 tournament more than anyone else. With their accommodation being permanent for the entire tournament, training pitches only minutes away, and stadiums a short coach journey away, no matter which stadium they find themselves drawn to play in, players will enjoy ideal game preparation during the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.

Specific FIFA World Cup budgets for stadiums and precincts will not be released at this time due to the ongoing tender processes for stadiums and related infrastructure.

It is important to note that the vast majority of national infrastructure development will not be financed by the SC. Road network expansions and the nationwide metro system are two examples of projects being delivered as part of the Qatar National Vision 2030, and would have been implemented regardless of Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Yes, fans arriving from around the world will be able to choose how they enjoy the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. Alcohol is not part of Qatari culture, and may not be available everywhere, but it will be available in designated areas. FIFA will work with the LOC, as it does with all FIFA World Cup™ host nations, to find a solution that satisfies external and internal stakeholders.

Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ included 12 stadiums. As is the case with any FIFA World Cup™, once a country is chosen as host, a review of the bid plans is made with the LOC to propose the final host city and stadium projects, for approval by the FIFA Executive Committee. This is the same process that all FIFA World Cup™ host nations undergo.

For Qatar, the process of selecting the final line-up of proposed host venues is ongoing. In due course, the final proposal for stadiums will be submitted. The requirement is a minimum of eight and a maximum of 12 stadiums.

As with stadiums in Innsbruck and Basel during the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, the SC will build several 'modular' stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, which will have demountable top tiers. One proposed stadium may be completely demountable.

The demountable grandstands will total approximately 170,000 seats and Qatar’s proposal is to donate these seats to countries in need of sporting infrastructure, thereby supporting the creation of a strong legacy of football development across the globe. Beneficiary countries will be confirmed in due course.

Qatar believes this proposal will ensure that Qatar is left with stadiums fit for purpose beyond 2022, while simultaneously creating a significant legacy of international football development.

Workers’ Welfare

As of June 2016 there were 6,921 workers, of 42 different nationalities, working for the SC and engaged on FIFA World Cup™ projects. At the height of preparations in 2017, there will be more than 36,000 people working on 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ projects.

The SC firmly believes that all workers engaged on its projects, and those working on other infrastructure projects in Qatar, have the right to be treated in a manner that ensures their wellbeing, safety, security and dignity at all times. We have taken concrete steps to protect workers.

In March 2013, we released a Workers’ Charter to all potential contractors and sub-contractors to ensure that delivery of their projects will comply with the principles of the Charter as well as relevant Qatari laws.

In February 2014, we released the first edition of our Workers’ Welfare Standards. Developed in consultation with NGOs, FIFA and other relevant stakeholders, these standards – which are aligned with Qatari law and international best practice – set clear guidelines that protect the rights of workers throughout the entire chain of contracting, from recruitment to repatriation.

In 2016, we took another step forward by publishing an updated set of Standards and by issuing our first Workers’ Welfare Progress Report, which outlines our successes and new areas of focus for the future.

We hold our contractors, sub-contractors and ourselves accountable for ensuring the highest standards for health and safety are upheld on SC construction sites and in worker accommodation. Compliance with our standards, which are incorporated into every contract we sign, is vigorously enforced through a comprehensive, four-tier auditing system, implemented with the support of our independent third-party auditors, Impactt Ltd.

In all, a total of 26 companies tendering for SC projects have failed to meet the SC’s workers’ welfare requirements and were disqualified from the tender process. Two companies have been banned from working on further SC projects and one company has been stripped of its eligibility to be considered as a sub-contractor on 2022 FIFA World Cup™ projects.

Our Workers’ Welfare Standards include prescriptive requirements relating to the accommodation our contractors and sub-contractors provide for their employees. Where our four-tier auditing system identifies shortcomings in workers’ accommodation, we provide a Rectification Plan for the contractor in question, which must be completed before the next ad-hoc inspection or the contractor faces a penalty.

Over the last 12 months, thousands of workers employed on SC projects have been relocated to purpose-built, Workers’ Welfare Standards-compliant accommodation at Barwa Al Baraha and Labour City. In some cases, our contractors relocate their entire workforces to SC standards-compliant accommodation, even though only a fraction of their employees are employed on SC projects.

We strictly prohibit contractors from working with recruitment agents that engage in unethical practices such as charging workers recruitment or processing fees or offering contractual terms different to those offered in a worker’s country of origin. Because of the complexity of labour migration, our approach to ethical recruitment involves building solid working relationships with companies, NGOs and Qatar's Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs to develop an index of both ethical and unethical recruitment agencies.

In October 2015, H.H. the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani signed Law No. 21 of 2015 into law, amending Law No. 4 of 2009 on exit permits, No Objection Certificates and sponsorship, fulfilling a promise to reform the kafala sponsorship system. These reforms will enter into force in December 2016 and represent the latest example of the government’s commitment to the safety, security and dignity of all expatriate residents, and follow other landmark actions taken, such as the introduction of the Wage Protection System in February 2015.

The government carried out over 1,800 inspections of Qatar-based recruitment agencies in 2015 to ensure they are not charging migrant workers recruitment fees.

The government has signed bilateral agreements seeking to prevent “malicious recruitment practices” with 35 countries from which migrant workers originate.

The government employs 375 labour inspectors to investigate housing and working conditions. These inspectors carried out over 56,000 inspections in 2015, resulting in 923 companies being banned from doing business in Qatar.

The International Labour Organisation recommends that national governments employ one labour inspector for every 10,000 workers – Qatar has one inspector for every 5,000 workers.

December 2010: Qatar wins the hosting rights to the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.

March 2013: The SC adopts a Workers’ Welfare Charter, outlining the principles and values that will define its work.

February 2014:
First Edition of the SC’s Workers’ Welfare Standards is released.

May 2014:
Qatar’s Ministry of Interior announces intention to reform the Kafala system.

February 2015
: H.H. the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani approves new wage protection law.

July 2015
: Advisory Council unanimously approves a law regulating expatriates' entry, departure, residency and sponsorship.

July 2015:
Ministry of Interior introduces new requirements mandating that large passenger vehicles install air conditioning.

October 2015
: H.H. the Emir signs Law No. 21 of 2015 into law, amending Law No. 4 of 2009 on exit permits, No Objection Certificates and sponsorship.

November 2015
: Wage Protection System becomes active.

Media contacts

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy media team
media@sc.qa