This year’s hosts have reportedly spent $300bn on the event, making Qatar’s World Cup the most expensive World Cup to date. Russia’s 2018 World Cup (which had its own share of political controversy) spent $11.6bn in comparison. Prior to winning the bid, Qatar had one stadium that had received approval by FIFA regulations. Qatar has built an additional seven stadiums to host the World Cup. Due to Qatar’s climate, all stadiums must have an air-conditioned pitch, in which the hosts proudly announce that their Lusail Stadium received a five-star sustainability rating. Qatar has made bold claims that this year’s event is carbon neutral, which has since been disproved.
This year’s World Cup has been projected to bring in significant revenue for Qatar breaking Russia’s sales. However, extravagant spending poses the question, what is the motivation behind this spend?