Qatar PM: Infrastructure "shall finish in 7 years"by Elizabeth Broomhall on Dec 16, 2010
The Prime Minister of Qatar has said that the infrastructure required for the 2022 World Cup will all be completed within the next seven years.
Speaking to Dow Jones reporters in Doha, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani said: “All our infrastructure shall finish in seven years maximum,” adding that the stadium builds “weren’t a big deal” compared with the infrastructure requirements.
However, he maintained that the government would not be issuing bonds to fund the construction.
Among Qatar’s main infrastructure projects are the new Doha airport, currently under construction, a metro system, a deep-water port, a national rail network and a series of road projects.
Whilst the successful World Cup 2022 bid has accelerated the developments, the Prime Minister insists that the projects would have gone ahead anyway, after being approved two years ago.
A number of construction firms are already pinning their hopes on winning contracts in this sector.