Qatar reportedly spending $200 billion to build infrastructure necessary for 2022 World Cup

Brooks Peck
July 9, 2013

While millions of Brazilians riot in the streets in part because their government decided to squander $14 billion on the 2014 World Cup, Deloitte has put a price tag on what Qatar is doing to host the 2022 World Cup: $200 billion. But that's only a drop (of oil) in the bucket as the world's richest country builds an entire infrastructure capable of accommodating a major international event almost from scratch.

From the AP:

The report, released on Tuesday, said $140 billion of that will be for transportation infrastructure including a new airport, roads and a metro system to deal with the 400,000 fans expected for the month-long tournament.

Another $20 billion will go to tourism infrastructure as the Persian Gulf nation expects the number of tourists to reach 3.7 million annually by 2022.

The other $40 billion will probably be used to build stadiums, lure the players necessary to field a competitive team and build an animatronic statue of FIFA president Sepp Blatter made out of solid platinum that will be visible from space.