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Qatar learns mega-event bidding lessons from 2022 World Cup Campaign

Qatar is expected to spend a staggering $150bn on hosting FIFA World Cup 2022," said Robin MCcall, group CEO of Al Khaliji, noting that the major projects included development of Metro Rail, state-of-the-art stadiums, hotels as well as other infrastructure schemes.

Qatari Diar rail project chugs on

The 340 kilometers freight railway will run from Ras Laffan to the New Doha port at Mesaieed. The railway will also include a line that will run to the gas processing facilities in Dukhan in the west. When complete, the freight railway will be able to transport 11 million tonnes of cargo a year. The freight and passenger lines will form part of the wider GCC rail network. Doha will have four long-distance stations for these lines that will also be integrated with the Doha Metro.

Qatar set to host this month's Asian Cup

Tens of thousands of soccer fans will stream in for the 16-team tournament that features Asian heavyweights like Japan, South Korea, Australia and Saudi Arabia. They are counting on a transportation network with no metro system and a haphazard fleet of buses and taxis.