Qatar Airways will operate three weekly flights to Abuja, Nigeria via Lagos from November 27th. The city becomes the sixth new destination added by the carrier since the start of the pandemic.
Qatar Airways has been named Official Partner and Official Airline of Fifa as part of a sponsorship package lasting until 2022. Upcoming events sponsored by Qatar Airways will include the Fifa Confederations Cup 2017, the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia, the Fifa Club World Cup, the Fifa Women’s World Cup and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will provide an economic boost to not just Qatar but the entire region, according to a new report by the National Bank of Kuwait. Neighbouring countries in the Gulf can also expect a financial boon from the tournament, the report argues, with Qatar’s significant construction programme expected to have a knock-on impact on other countries in the Middle East.
With the announcement that Qatar will become the first Middle East nation to host the Fifa World Cup, the entire region is set for sport tourism windfall. From the Burj Al Arab to Ferrari World, BTN gives a rundown of the hotels and attractions set to reap the rewards from hosting the tournament.
With FIFA deciding who will host the 2022 World Cup, Australia and Qatar are both seeking to bring the tournament to their home continent for the first time, while Japan and South Korea are hoping to repeat alone what they achieved together in 2002.
Football Federation Australia has confirmed it will no longer compete to host the 2018 World Cup, with momentum now swinging behind a potential European host. Australia will now focus on winning the race for the 2022 tournament, and will face opposition from Japan, Qatar and South Korea.