In a long interview with the weekly PointSheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani confided in PSG, which he has owned for ten years. “Sport is not a business like any other, believes the emir of Qatar. If you want to invest, whatever the sport, it is necessary to have a passion for this sport. Otherwise, you’re wasting your money. But if managed properly, the value of the project grows. This is what happened with PSG. The Qataris are proud of the decade spent with PSG. sport is a key part of our DNA. »
The Qatari leader was also asked about the World Cup which will take place this fall (November 20-December 18) in his country. “We are the first Arab country to organize such a global event, he reminded […] Everyone, whoever they are, whatever their origin or culture, will be welcome. We want these visitors to learn the differences between cultures, to discover the culture of Qatar and we hope that they will want to come back. »
Regarding the air-conditioned stadiums, the Emir of Qatar justified himself by explaining that the organizers had used “state-of-the-art technologies to minimize water and energy consumption during the World Cup, in order to make it a more sustainable event. »
He also reacted to the criticisms aimed at his country, in particular on the working conditions of immigrant workers on the construction sites of the stadiums and the infrastructures of the World Cup (more than 6500 people would have lost their lives there). “There are two kinds of criticism. Most of the time, we see it as advice or a warning, and we take it seriously, said Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
“Thus, we understood that we had a problem with the work on the construction sites, and we took strong measures in record time. […] And then there is the second category of criticisms, those that continue no matter what we do. These are people who do not accept that an Arab Muslim country like Qatar hosts a World Cup. They will find any pretext to denigrate us.” concludes the emir.