Qatar’s World Cup

As Qatar kicks off the World Cup, the world and AGSIW are watching. As the first Arab country to host the World Cup, Qatar has prepared cultural attractions, infrastructure, and more to accommodate over a million expected players and fans. AGSIW’s Qatar's World Cup series explores the arts and cultural initiatives, logistics and planning, and implications of this major international event for Qatar and the region.

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The 2022 World Cup is a Win for GCC Cooperation

For many of Qatar’s neighbors, the World Cup has been an economic boon, potentially paving the way for future cooperation.

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2022 FIFA World Cup: Tourism Springboard or Critical Spotlight?

Despite subjecting the small Gulf state to criticism, over the long term, hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup enhances Qatar’s brand recognition and can help accelerate the country’s tourism agenda.

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The Security Side of Qatar’s World Cup

Qatar is relying on a robust injection of security capabilities and training from partner countries to help it cope with the challenges and potential risks of hosting such a large international event and has worked to take advantage of this security response to drive its national security strategy.

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Qatar’s World Cup Increases Gulf Cooperation Despite Recent Rift

Easing away from its embrace of controversial regional political positions, Qatar refreshes its regional and international branding with soft power tourism, sports, and labor reforms.

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Qatar's World Cup and Public Art: Expanding the Field of Dialogue

As Qatar gears up to host the FIFA World Cup in November, Qatar Museums is ensuring that visitors get a taste of the country’s cultural scene through new public art installations.

A Flurry of Activity in Bahrain-China Relations

Recent developments in Bahrain-China ties reflect less alignment and more coincidence of interests.

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