newspaper advisedThe New York Times” In her report, Western fans should read 5 books before traveling to Qatar to attend the 2022 World Cup, which is being hosted by the wealthy Gulf state.
The tournament is scheduled to start on November 20 and will continue until December 18, and when it launches, it will achieve two important achievements. This will be the first World Cup to be held in an Arab country, and it will bring the world’s favorite game to one of the regions where it is very popular.
Qatar is one of the world’s smallest countries, but the richest “small peninsula on the planet”, and has seized the global sporting and cultural event as an opportunity to announce itself on the world stage.
In preparation for the World Cup, “stadiums, hotels, roads and a completely new metro system” were designed, and Qatar spent hundreds of billions of dollars to paint a picture of a future center for sports, tourism and education, but it was subjected to unprecedented criticism throughout the period leading up to the tournament.
Human rights criticism
Rights groups have drawn attention to “unpaid wages, restrictive labor practices and unexplained deaths among low-income immigrants,” some of whom have built air-conditioned stadiums for matches.
The newspaper refers to 5 books that shed light on some of the most important aspects that help to understand “the nature of Qatar.”
Al-Jazeera.. How did an Arab news channel challenge the world?
The book was published in 2005, written by Hugh Miles, a British journalist, writer and producer specializing in the Middle East and North Africa. The book charts the beginning and development of Al Jazeera, helping to demolish myths and misunderstandings about the Arab world.
Diary.. The girl who fell to the ground
The book was published in 2012, written by Sofia Al-Maria, a Qatari-American artist, writer, and director.
The book recounts poignant and funny memoirs about the artist’s coming of age, and is one of the rare insights into the life of Qatari citizens, who make up only 11 percent of Qatar’s population and are famous for their conservatism.
Qatar and the Gulf Crisis
It is a book published in 2020, written by Christian Coates Ulrichsen, a researcher on Middle East issues at the Baker Institute at Rice University, located in Houston, Texas.
The book deals with the largest recent crisis in Qatar from 2017 to 2021.
In June 2017, Egypt severed its relations with Qatar along with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, and in January 2021, the dispute finally ended when Doha signed a declaration with the four countries to normalize relations.
The book shows how bad the boycott’s adverse consequences are and the strengthening of Qatar’s independence and global standing, according to the New York Times.
The red card.. FIFA and the fall of the most powerful men in sports
The book, published in 2018, by Ken Bensinger, a reporter for The New York Times, deals with the “massive and ongoing” corruption cases brought against many of those who run the Football Association.
Changing Qatar.. Culture, Citizenship, and Rapid Modernization
It is a book published in 2020, written by Geoff Harkness, a sociologist who used to live in Doha, during which he reveals the nature of Qatari society.
The author is sympathetic to the challenges the country faces, but touches on “issues related to freedom of expression, gender, and the treatment of migrant workers.”
Since 2017, Qatar has begun announcing labor reforms, pledging changes to the “sponsorship” system that allows employers to deport workers or prevent them from leaving the country.
Qatar signed an agreement with the International Labor Organization, entered into dialogue with human rights groups, and ratified two major international human rights treaties, albeit without recognizing the right of migrant workers to join trade unions that represent them.Financial Times“.