Football fans around the world have their eyes on Qatar, where the World Cup has started, with the host nation losing its first match on Sunday. The tournament is highly controversial, and expensive.
The costs have already exceeded 200 billion dollars and could go even higher. The scale of Qatar’s investment is unparalleled. Previously, the most expensive World Cups were the 2014 tournament in Brazil and Russia in 2018, which both cost less than 15 billion dollars. The 2006 World Cup in Germany cost just 4.3 billion.
Why the high cost? Infrastructure doesn't come cheap. That includes new stadiums at a cost of 6.5 billion dollars: Sevem of the eight World Cup venues have been built from scratch. Then there's non-football infrastructure. Qatar built a new metro system, an international airport, roads, hotels and leisure amenities. Much of it is part of the Gulf state's wider public investment project, known as Qatar National Vision 2030.
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