Qatar Football Association (QFA) and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) met with officials from UEFA – European football’s governing body – to outline Qatar’s progress on the road to hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022.
The UEFA delegation included members of its workers’ rights working group, who were given an extensive overview of Qatar’s progress in relation to workers’ welfare. The SC outlined the various measures it had implemented over the past decade to protect workers, including numerous health and safety initiatives, the recruitment fee reimbursement programme, innovative cooling work wear and nutrition programmes, among various other special projects.
QFA and SC representatives also gave an overview of host country preparations and led a visit to Ras Abu Aboud Stadium – the first fully dismountable tournament venue in FIFA World Cup™ history. The 40,000-capacity stadium will be inaugurated during the FIFA Arab Cup™, which will take place in Qatar later this year. The tournament will help Qatar fine-tune preparations ahead of the FIFA World Cup, which will kick off on 21 November 2022.
In addition to meetings with the QFA and the SC, UEFA members met representatives from the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO), the global trade union Building and Wood Worker’s International, and the National Human Rights Committee.
Nasser al-Khater, CEO, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC, said: “We’re pleased to have welcomed members of the UEFA working group to Doha to witness first-hand the important work being done in relation to workers’ welfare by the Government and various independent organisations that operate in Qatar. Being able to demonstrate progress in person and on the ground in Doha is always far more impactful and we look forward to welcoming the entire group back for their next visit to see further improvements and initiatives implemented. While many positive steps have taken place since Qatar was awarded the tournament in 2010, we are well aware that there is still more work to be done and are as committed as ever to ensuring labour reform will be one of the country’s longest lasting World Cup legacies.”