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Qatar officially submits World Cup bid in Zurich today

14 May 2010
ZURICH, Switzerland: Qatar officially submits its World Cup Bid file at the FIFA headquarters today. The Bid file is to be handed over by Qatar 2022 Bid Committee Chairman H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani to FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

The 20-chapter bid book contains the details of what would be the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East. No Arab country has ever bid for the World Cup.

FIFA's Executive Committee will vote on the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals on December 2, 2010, in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Bid file details 12 proposed stadiums, five of which were unveiled in Dubai last month. Qatar 2022 will be a carbon neutral World Cup, utilising sustainable technologies and groundbreaking cooling systems for stadiums, fan zones and training grounds. Fans, players and officials will be able to enjoy cool and comfortable open-air conditions, not exceeding 27 degrees Celsius.

Chairman of the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee, Sheikh Mohammed said in a statement: "The submission of our bid book today in Zurich is a historic moment for Qatar and its people. Today, I am here not only on behalf of the government of Qatar and all those involved in the game of football, I am here to represent the dream of each and every single boy and young girl of Qatar, to express and share with you the passion of our athletes and our fans who have supported our Bid from the very beginning, to manifest the desire of every family in our region who has shared our ambitions and hopes to bring the World Cup to the Qatari people"

The statement added: "A World Cup in Qatar will be a new World Cup, bringing people and different cultures together in the name of football. Our bid book sends a clear message: Qatar is ready."

The Qatari bid is underpinned by strong support from the government and ties in with the official 'National Vision for 2030.'

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Transportation systems in Qatar will be revolutionised with a new Doha International Airport and the new Qatar Metro Network System linking all 12 stadiums. Qatar's Bid is also on behalf of the entire Middle East where support has been strong. This was first demonstrated with the pledge of support issued by the Arab Soccer Federation in Riyadh in December 2009 and at the beginning of April in Beirut, when the region's Youth and Sports Ministers offered their backing for Qatar's ambitious plans to bring the World Cup to the region for the first time in the history of the event.

© The Peninsula 2010

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