Qatarstrophe or Success? The 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Abstract

Qatar has received much attention since winning the bid to host the 2022 World Cup, and not all of the attention has been positive. A major component of Qatar’s winning bid to host the World Cup was the small nations emphasis on sustainability. In order to achieve this vision for sustainability many innovative technologies have been proposed to deal with issues of heat and energy production. While stadium construction is still in its infancy, controversies over human rights violations, expenses, and cultural aspects have already erupted. Qatar is also in the midst of constructing many other projects besides the stadium, all as a part of the Qatari government’s Qatar National Vision for 2030. The issues Qatar is faced with raise an important question: What are the social costs of sustainability in the case of Qatar?

This case study is part of a series of cases designed for the course "Case Studies in Sustainable Development" at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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