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Jelili Adekola Opadijo
Al Thawadi said major legacy projects had impacted the country well in advance of the kick off. “We have transformed the country’s infrastructure, including the Doha Metro, Hamad International Airport, new roads, hotels and other facilities -- which will all contribute significantly to our long-term economic growth far beyond the final whistle on December 18,” he added.“Our tournament infrastructure is visually stunning, meticulously functional and grounded in legacy. Like Birmingham 2022, it is driven by extensive community engagement to ensure every stadium and training site will be used long after the tournament has finished.”Al Thawadi highlighted key sustainability and social projects, and also focused on the labour reforms introduced by Qatar over the past decade.“By working closely with stakeholders, including institutions, trade unions and NGOs, Qatar is ensuring the health, safety and well-being of every worker on World Cup projects. At a national level, the measures introduced - from a non-discriminatory minimum wage to the reimbursement of recruitment fees paid by workers - are setting new benchmarks across the region and around the world, and have been widely praised by even our fiercest critics.”Al Thawadi mentioned the strong relationship between Qatar and the UK and ended by saying modern sporting events must realise their enormous potential to improve people’s lives.“Our dream is rapidly speeding towards reality,” said Al Thawadi. “We’re doing everything within our power to ensure it leaves its mark as a rallying point in the history of our region. And we look forward to sharing that moment with everyone.”
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