Arab World Cup Qatar impresses teams - sets a flawless stage for FIFA 2022 and new Qatar investors
As we write this, the Arab World Cup in Qatar 2021 draws to an end, with Tunisia just entering the finals after an incredible own-goal by Egypt.
Spirits are high for the 16-nation tournament, which committees see as a crucial opportunity to refine preparations for Qatar's 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Peninsula says players, coaches, fans, and even the head of the Moroccan delegation, Noureddine El Baide, have quickly praised the ambitious Gulf nation for its outstanding efforts to organise a safe event in environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art stadiums.
The key outcomes of the event were a more strengthened vision of Qatar's new infrastructure, what to expect from the immense FIFA tournament next year, its rich and diverse culture, rising confidence and demand to buy property in Qatar by local and overseas investors alike.
Magnificent new infrastructure
Fans were welcomed to six of eight new architecturally-striking stadiums, all within a 30-mile radius of Doha: Al Bayt, Al Thumama, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Stadium 974, Education City and Al Janoub.