The World Cup kicks off next month and Qatar went out of its way to thank Chinese infrastructure companies for building the stadium for the World Cup final.
In a recent written interview with the Global Times, Qatari Ambassador to China Mohammed · By Abdullah · All stadiums and supporting facilities for the World Cup are ready, including stadiums, rail and road transportation, Duhimi said.
He noted that the Lussel Stadium, built by China Railway Construction International Group, was delivered in December 2020. The image of the stadium was printed on the newly issued Qatari riyal 10 note, which is the first time a Chinese company has built a landmark building on the Qatari currency. “ We thank the Chinese side, especially the Chinese enterprises in Qatar, for their contribution to the successful completion of the preparations for the World Cup. ”
The quadrennial World Cup is a must-see event for China's 289 million soccer fans, the world's largest, according to some estimates. According to statistics, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be watched by 3 billion to 4 billion people around the world, among which there will definitely be a large number of Chinese viewers, Duhimi said. Nearly 90 percent of World Cup tickets have been sold, with Chinese fans buying between 5,000 and 7,000, Duhimi said.
Statistics show that Qatar is one of the world's largest exporters of liquefied natural gas, while China is the largest consumer of LNG. According to Douhimi, Qatar has reached a number of short-term and long-term agreements with China.
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