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Qatar stadium design critics: it ‘looks like a vagina’

AECOM Technology Corporation posted a short video animation of the design for Qatar’s new Al Wakrah sports stadium Saturday, which under almost immediate criticism for its resemblance to female genitalia. Buzzfeed’s Matt Kiebus noted that the $120 billion project bears little resemblance to an ancient dhow boat “that Qataris traditionally…

Qatar denies treating World Cup workers like slaves

The Chairman of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) on Monday denied claims by the Guardian newspaper that the 2022 World Cup organisers were treating Nepalese construction workers like ‘slaves’. Ali Al-Marri said the allegations, made last week, were totally erroneous. “There is no slavery or forced labour in Qatar,”…

Qatar announces its first MERS coronavirus death

A woman has died in Qatar after contracting the MERS coronavirus, becoming the first recorded fatality from the SARS-like virus in the Gulf state, local press reported on Wednesday. The 56-year-old Qatari victim, who already had chronic illnesses, died on August 31, a week after she was admitted to intensive…

Weather could force 2022 World Cup to be played in the winter

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke on Saturday confirmed the 2022 World Cup in Qatar could be moved to the winter if research shows holding the tournament in the region’s intense summer heat would be dangerous for players. Since being awarded the right to host the event, Qatar’s tournament organisers have…

Taliban Guantanamo inmates can be sent to Qatar: Afghanistan

The Afghan government will not oppose the transfer of five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar, a spokesman for President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday. Spokesman Aimal Faizi told AFP that the prisoners had expressed their willingness to be moved to Qatar, and the Afghan government would not oppose…

Qatar?

By know, I’m sure you’ve heard… 2018 in Russia, 2022 in Qatar. Golly, playing football in 50C heat always brings out the best, doesn’t it? Your thoughts?…

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