Qatar prepares for World Cup 2022 ruling from Fifa

02/10/13

Football's world governing body Fifa is meeting this week to talk about moving the 2022 World Cup.

The host nation Qatar may have to hold the tournament in the winter or they could even see it taken from them.

European football chiefs want the competition moved because of fears over player and fan safety.

Temperatures in the Middle Eastern country can rise to 50C (122F) in summer months, when the World Cup is normally held.

Man and woman in Qatar
Image caption The national dress for men in is the Thoub and women wear a Djelabia

However, the Qatari Football Association claims its stadiums and public transport will all have air conditioning.

As well as the heat, there are concerns over some of the country's Islamic laws.

There are strict laws on public displays of affection, intimacy in public can lead to arrest and homosexuality is illegal.

Alcohol is illegal too, unless you have a permit which must be approved by a worker's employer.

Qatar

Designated alcohol zones have been suggested in Qatar during the World Cup.

Qatar has been criticised recently after the Guardian newspaper reported that 44 Nepalese labourers had died as a result of poor working conditions while working on the World Cup site in the country's capital city, Doha.

I will only stay for the World Cup if my employer pays me more money
Nepalese worker in Doha

One worker, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: "I will only stay for the World Cup if my employer pays me more money."

Saleh Al Khulaifi, the Qatari labour Minister, responded by promising more inspectors to check companies are following labour laws.

More interpreters will also be hired to speed up how complaints from foreign workers are handled.

Worker in Qatar

Qataris have been talking about the cultural differences and the 2022 World Cup.

''The culture here is conservative," said Saleh Al-Mohamad.

Qatar: The facts

    • 1.9 million people live in Qatar
    • The country is smaller than Yorkshire at 11,586 sq km
    • Qatar's oil and gas exports make it one of the richest nations in the middle east
    • 17,500 British nationals live in Qatar
    • The country is governed by a mix of Shia and common law

"This is an Islamic country but we have a mix of people here.

"We have people who have lived here for 30 or 40 years from all over the world so there is no difficulty with expats. ''

It is not considered appropriate for females to show too much flesh and westerners visiting the state are advised to cover their knees and shoulders.

The leader of Qatar Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Khalifa Al Thani, who has been in charge since June this year, has taken steps to liberalise some of the laws.

Women can now vote and stand for municipal council elections.

Fifa's decision on whether Qatar will still host the 2022 World Cup and when it will be held is expected to be announced on Friday.

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