Football fever has invaded our homes. One such evening, watching a particularly intense match, and observing the frenzied, crazed football fans, I could not help but imagine this scenario in a rather different setting, eight years from now. Visualise scan
According to a report which appeared recently in a local newspaper, many expatriates respect the traditions and laws of the country. But when there is football fever around, and when fans around the globe follow the game to the country, can we expect the tourists to respect the culture of the host country and act accordingly? Or will the moral police stop their patrolling around this time? Will the country tone down its moral stance and allow the fans to enjoy a good game of football with all the usual accompaniments?
These are not the most important questions that have been asked about Qatar holding the 2022 World Cup. The others are more controversial in nature, with the World Cup sponsors Sony and Adidas voicing concern over new allegations of bribes paid to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup. Qatar has responded to the allegations by saying that it won the bid on its merits and is confident that the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar will stand. A FIFA investigation into Russia and Qatar's winning bids is set to be presented this month, a week after the World Cup final.
While there have been some doubts cast on Qatar and its policies, there has been a unanimous vote for the regional airlines which are vouched for their service, safety, world-class technology and equipment with most of the airlines plying the latest of available aircrafts. While the regional airlines stand less competition on a global scale, they are pitted against each other in a limited airspace. It is this competition that Qatar Today focuses on in our July cover story.
Another area that the country is taking a leap on is ICT. While Singapore took the lead as the first Smart Nation in the world, Qatar intends to look into the best practices and apply them here. Qatar Today was in Singapore for the landmark announcement of the country being the first Smart Nation and we give our readers a feel of this super-connected city.
In the same era that we speak of a new-age currency that is redefining centralised and controlled money, we also speak about children who have no access to quality primary education. Qatar Today finds out more about both these diverse subjects in the July issue. The holy month of fasting is here and is the best time to reflect on all these contradictions that the world throws at us. We wish all our readers Ramadan Kareem.