Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, addresses the UN, September 2023.
Qatar has built goodwill – and business connections – around the world in recent decades.
Saudi Arabia looks set to host the 2034 men’s FIFA World Cup.
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Saudi Arabia is on track to host the football World Cup in 2034, raising concern among human rights campaigners.
Countries like Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Qatar all have a stake in the outcome of the war – but none want to be actively involved in fighting.
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at the UN General Assembly on September 22, 2023.
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Is the much-heralded Israel-Saudi peace deal now dead? And how is Iran likely to respond? An expert in Middle Eastern politics explains
On its face, the decision to deny Qatar 21 flights into Australia suggests Australia is making decisions about international rights in order to protect the profit of an airline it hasn’t owned since 1995.
The government has not been able to convincingly explain its decision to refuse Qatar Airways’ bid to expand its flights to Australia.
On 13 September 2017, Paris was named as host city of the 2024 summer games. Two days later, visitors to the city visited the games’ iconic rings, displayed by the Trocadero.
One year away from the 2024 Olympic Games, the grim reality of climate change is impossible to deny. How do we make the mega-event sustainable and avoid the pitfalls of greenwashing?
Tottenham Hotspur play Arsenal in a Premier League match in 2023, kit heavily branded.
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Many feel the money could be better spent developing local sport.
The Qatar World Cup has attracted criticism of the country’s human rights. With Australia set to host the women’s world cup next year, there’s some work we need to do in this area, too.
Argentina’s Lionel Messi is honored with a cloak prior to receiving the World Cup trophy at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, on Dec. 18, 2022.
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A scholar of Middle Eastern cultural traditions explains the history and significance of the bisht.
Argentina’s football players celebrate with the World Cup trophy after winning the final match with France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar.
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During the 2022 FIFA World Cup, many highlighted the controversial and politicized climate of the tournament, but sport and politics are rarely, if ever, separable.
But who will go down as the greatest?
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The World Cup is drawing to an end. Will the tournament be remembered for a Messi moment to rival that of Maradona’s? Or as a breakthrough yeah for African nations?
The European Parliament is at the centre of a corruption case that has already resulted in the indictment of several people, including one of its vice-presidents.
The ongoing corruption scandal in the EU Parliament casts a harsh light both on the practices of Qatar and on some of the flaws in the EU institutions.
Rising above Spain is one thing … but can Morocco repeat the feat again and again and again?
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Shock results happen, but that doesn’t make it any easier for lower-ranked nations to rise up the ranks, a soccer economist explains.
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Starry-eyed claims such as “the World Cup brings down cultural barriers” simply do not stand up to scrutiny.
Freedom House ranks gap year favourite Vietnam lower than Qatar on political rights and civil liberties.
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Some tourist destinations are very good at distracting from their questionable approach to civil liberties.
South African supporters at the 2010 men’s football World Cup.
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Studies show South Africa did a lot right when it hosted the football World Cup. Qatar can do the same if it learns from South Africa.
Hakim Ziyech celebrates after scoring for Morocco against Canada.
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This could just as well be the year that an African team is crowned champion.
A construction site in front of a building with a Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s portrait in downtown Doha, Qatar.
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Cities vie with each other to present global sporting events as a way to position themselves as world-class cities. However, this marketing often exacerbates social inequalities.
Spotlight on Qatar.
The mighty power of football across the globe.