Qatar Aims To Build $20 Billion Sports Sector Ahead Of World Cup | 10/16/2018 | Staff
DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar wants to attract more sports companies to the Gulf state, aiming to develop a $20 billion sports sector ahead of the 2022 World Cup, a senior official said on Sunday.

Qatar Financial Center (QFC) – which licenses foreign companies, mostly in the finance sector, to exempt them from local ownership laws – aims to license about 150 sports companies by 2022, including around 25 this year, QFC’s CEO Yousuf Al-Jaida said at an event to announce the strategy. He did not give any names.

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The drive to attract sports-related multinationals and facilitate the commercialization of sports-related services in the state is part of plans to become a regional hub for sporting events in the run-up to Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 soccer World Cup, he said.

This month FIFA established a joint venture in Qatar to help run the tournament.

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“A lot of the value chain is moving to Qatar as we speak for the World Cup 2022,” Jaida said.

Qatar will this year stage the World Championships in Athletics, a biennial even organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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“We’re looking at sports service companies, legal companies, education and training, sportswear and...
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