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The strong face-off between English and Qatar Football Association takes a friendly turn.

Chief of English Football Association, Greg Clarke  signed “Knowledge sharing” memorandum of understanding with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the body responsible for the 2022 tournament, and the Qatar Football Association (QFA).

The differences between English and Qatar Football were a result of various controversies that surrounded Qatar then, ranging from violation of rights of migrant workers to voting issues for hosting FIFA 2022.

Greg Dyke, then English FA, chief described Qatar being awarded the hosting rights of World Cup as “the worst moment in FIFA’s history”. Qatar was criticised for ignoring labour rights for building FIFA stadium and was considered to be “the best of the bad options” for winning the bid.

After the investigation cleared Qatar for any wrongdoing to win the bid for hosting FIFA 2022 there has been a slight change in the sentiment. Further Qatar’s commitment to International Labour Organisation (ILO) to bring in labour reforms including freedom of workers to change jobs, minimum wages without discrimination and healthy working conditions, can be considered as the major turning point towards the change of heart.

The association is focussed around sharing of ideas experiences and expertise including grassroots football, youth development, women’s football, management and administration with the aim to promote and improve football.

British Ambassador to Qatar, Ajay Sharma, who said: “This will mark the beginning of even deeper cooperation between our two countries, and underlines the UK’s support for Qatar in delivering a successful World Cup 2022.” The association is though a friendly move but is not free from raising important questions regarding human rights.

Qatar has taken a series of steps in the direction already and has shown commitment towards achieving the reforms in spirit. Though it is still under scrutiny from Amnesty International, Human rights groups and various other organisations for successful implementation of committed labour reforms.

However this development is bound to raise both motivation of Qatar to host FIFA 2022 to best of its capabilities without compromising the rights of workers.



New trees at SCDL nursery

World Cup organizers in Qatar are urging businesses and residents to donate any trees they remove from their homes and workplaces instead of throwing them out.

The rescued trees will then be used to green stadium sites ahead of the 2022 tournament, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SCDL) announced in a statement.

The process works like this: A resident contacts the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) for help in removing a tree.

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Officials there get in touch with the SCDL, who asks the resident if they’d like to donate the plant instead.

The goal is to rescue thousands of trees in the coming years.

Qatari resident Abdulaziz Al-Taleb has donated the very first tree, which now lives at the site for the upcoming Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.

It, like all other transplanted trees that go up on World Cup sites, will sport a plaque with the name of the family who made the donation.


Since all the stadiums are not slated for completion until 2020, many of the rescued trees are being taken to the SCDL’s nursery in Al Shamal.

So far, some 5,000 trees have been granted a new lease on life there.


Tree and grass nursery for landscaping around World Cup stadiums

Another 16,000 trees are being imported from Asia and Europe in the coming weeks, the SCDL added.

Yasser Al Mulla, senior manager of the committee’s Landscape & Sport Turf Management, said:

“Our motto is give one, take one. When we receive a tree from a private home, we give a young Sidra tree in return.”

In keeping with the green theme, the nursery will also grow and harvest swathes of grass. They will be equivalent in size to around 168 football pitches each year.

These will be used by contractors on the precincts of the World Cup sites, the SCDL said last year.



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Qatar’s World Cup organizers have awarded the main construction contract for one of their final tournament stadiums.

The Al Thumama stadium will be built by a joint venture between Qatar’s AlJaber Engineer (JEC) and Turkey’s Tekfen Construction.

The venue will be located between E-Ring and F-Ring Roads, or between the Medical Commission and the under-construction Kahramaa Awareness Park.


Al Thumama stadium site

It is expected to host matches up the quarter-final stage, and will seat some 40,000 people.

Like several other Qatar stadiums, it will be dismantled to accommodate half that many people after 2022.

The selection of the Turkish firm comes as ties between Qatar and Turkey grow increasingly stronger.

In a statement, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SCDL) Secretary General Hassan Al Thawadi said:

“The stadium in Al Thumama is located in one of the most rapidly developing areas of Doha.

Once ready, the stadium and its surrounding precinct will not only become one of the capital’s central sporting arenas, but will also serve the local community as a central community destination.”

Progress report

Qatar is expected to finish eight World Cup stadiums by 2020. However, FIFA has yet to decide how many venues the country needs for the tournament.

Some, like Khalifa International Stadium on Al Waab, are almost complete, if not slightly behind schedule.

Meanwhile, work on the Al Khor Al Bayt and Al Wakrah stadiums are expected to wrap up next year.

And Al Rayyan and Qatar Foundation are slated for a 2019 completion.

But other venues remain in the preliminary stages. The design for at least three of the venues, including Al Thumama, Lusail and Ras Abu Abboud have yet to be revealed.

And the Ras Abu Abboud stadium will not have a main contractor until at least the second quarter of this year, the SCDL said.

So far, Qatar has chosen a diverse range of firms to build the stadiums, including from India, China, Italy and Cyprus.