20.04. - Qatar Stars League
Qatar is under a $500m weekly transformation as Doha's streets change forever for the sake of world football.
While the budget for Qatar 2022 has been slashed in half to abide with financial responsibility, the Khalifa International Stadium (shown in the photo above earlier in its development) looks likely to be the first insight into how Qatar will present itself to the world in five years time.
While fractious relations between Qatari and FIFA officials continue to fill the newspapers, controversy has also reigned regarding working conditions of those prepping for the World Cup.
The turf that will likely grace some of the world's greatest talents was laid in a new world-record time of 13-and-a-half hours smashes their own previous record set across the city at Al Sadd. Taking nine months to grow to the desired length, a team of dozens frantically installed the 7,848 square-metre pitch.
Abdullah Nasser Al Naim, Director General of Aspire Logistics, told sc.qa: "This achievement should be attributed to the state of Qatar. It demonstrates the innovative human and technological capabilities, which are helping position Qatar at the forefront of the global sporting industry."
Qatar officials proposed to build a catalogue of iconic stadiums for their showcase event. Other stadiums around the 800,000 populated capital city of Doha remain uncompleted, with multiple structures rising from the desert terrain in a city that can be crossed within the hour.
Working conditions in Qatar come under constant scrutiny and a recent report commissioned by Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) found that construction workers building stadiums ahead of 2022 were working up to 148 consecutive days in extreme cases. Qatar continues to outlay an eye-watering $500m a week in overall development.