British Ambassador backs Qatar World Cup 2022
Country can gain from London 2012 Olympics
British Ambassador Nicholas Hopton has backed Qatar to host a fantastic World Cup in 2022.
And he has offered support from the UK, suggesting the country could gain from London's experience of hosting the 2012 Olympics.
Hopton also dismissed criticism Qatar was facing in the light of preparations for World Cup-related infrastructure.
“I am confident that the amount of experience and international intelligence being put towards the success of the World Cup will eventually overcome all the challenges,” he said.
Based on the UK’s experience of hosting the 2012 Olympics, the ambassador said his country was “very well-placed to advise and support and help Qatar realise its vision of the World Cup”.
The envoy termed Qatar National Vision 2030 as “one of the most extraordinary and ambitious documents published in recent history by any country”.
He also praised HH the Emir and HE the Prime Minister for acknowledging the need for British expertise to meet the challenges.
“Qatar likes working with the UK and UK is very comfortable working with Qatar,” he added.
Richard Ward, head of Construction Middle East, Eversheds, gave a presentation on project security at the conference. He spoke on the need for project security, the resources to help get the job done, advance payment mechanisms, negative cash flows and bonds. “It is unarguable that you need project security,” he stressed.
Qatar National Bank’s David Sullivan gave a bank’s perspective on bonds. He gave an example where international arbitration mentioned in a bond clause between two disputing parties did not apply in Qatar and revealed that banks were bound by the local Qatari courts.
Ahmad Ali al-Ansari, private construction contracts adviser for a government agency, spoke on the importance of “collaborative partnering” and said everybody benefited from collaboration.