Qatar: The year of glory

Qatar, under the leadership of His Highness and the solidarity and giving of the honorable people, has always been the abode of glory and goodness, always capable of overcoming difficulties, achieving miracles and dazzling the world. Writes Abdullah Ghanem Al-Bunali Al-Muhannadi

His Highness the Emir strengthened Qatar’s position and consolidated its efforts to support Gulf and Arab action. Year 2022 is a Qatari year par excellence, with unprecedented achievements, and an exceptional World Cup. A national epic in which Qatar succeeded in employing all its capabilities to consolidate its position. The 2022 World Cup is the culmination of a long journey of hard work at all levels We lived through a year of World Cup glory and a national epic that was praised and appreciated by the world.

In light of the global echoes of the exceptional World Cup achievement, Qatar bid farewell to a year full of achievements.

We lived through the year of the World Cup glory, during which the State of Qatar was the first Middle Eastern Arab country to embrace the great cosmic event. Over the course of a full month.

Qatar bid farewell to 2022, which is the center of attention and admiration of the world, with the greatness and wisdom of its leadership, the development and splendor of its renaissance, the originality, determination and morals of its people, and the richness and originality of its culture, heritage and history. The World Cup was the culmination of a long process of hard work at all levels. diplomatically, economically, athletically and culturally.

The efficiency of organization and security are the most important reasons for the success of the World Cup and the promotion of Qatari tourism

The 2023 budget reflects the state’s keenness to continue stimulating economic growth.

The international media confirmed that the FIFA World CupQatar 2022 has set new standards for the World Cup, from just a major tournament, to a civilized forum that rejects any differences, stimulates dialogue and civilized rapprochement, and establishes peace and love among people. This is the message conveyed by the speech of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the country, At the opening of the tournament: “We worked, with many of us, in order for it to be one of the most successful tournaments. We made efforts and invested in the good of all humanity. His Highness the Emir continued, saying: “We will follow, with the whole world, the great football festival, in this open space for human and civilized communication, and people of different races, nationalities, beliefs and orientations will gather here in Qatar, and around screens on all continents to participate in the same moments of excitement and let it be Inspirational days of goodness and hope. And welcome to the world in Doha, everyone.

Under the leadership of His Highness the Emir, Qatar fulfilled the World Cup promise, with diligent planning and work  over the course of 12 years, to transform Qatar during that period into a large workshop for the advancement of all facilities and services, including roads, bridges, buildings, facilities, modern transportation, new parks and museums, and a comprehensive development of Hamad and Doha ports. And the civil aviation, security, and communications sectors, in addition to the tremendous development in the sectors of health, education, tourism, culture, and other fields that witnessed a huge boom and a qualitative shift that dazzled the world.

This comprehensive renaissance was the focus of the world’s attention, and the World Cup guests who enjoyed a wonderful sports, tourism and cultural experience on the land of safety and security, so that the Qatar World Cup 2022 will remain an exceptional and historical version that will also remain immortal in the minds of billions of followers around the world, and a source of interest and pride for the people of Qatar throughout the ages.

There is no doubt that the efficiency of organization and security, and the professional performance of the members of the  security committee and the parties involved in securing and organizing the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, will remain the most important reasons for the success of the World Cup, and provide a bright image of Qatar security and safety, in addition to the role of the masses, volunteers, individuals, institutions and ministries who combined their efforts to achieve a better success World Cup version in the history of the tournament.

The success of the World Cup cemented Qatar’s position as the capital of sport, peace and noble values, during which Qatar inaugurated a new era of sports diplomacy, which presented a true, civilized and bright image of Qatar, the region and the Arabs, and dropped, through it, the allegations of all the poisonous and rabid campaigns that aimed at distorting Qatar, the World Cup and the Arabs since the announcement of the victory Qatar to host the tournament.

Qatar status

During the past year, the Qatar World Cup was present in many international visits and visits made by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the country, as well as his meetings with leaders of countries, international and international organizations and institutions, during which he emphasized the sublime messages of the World Cup, and Qatar’s endeavor for the tournament to be for the good and peace of the world.

Implementation of 22 new projects at a cost of 9.8 billion riyals. Good news in 2023.

Advancing education and linking majors to the needs of the labor market is a priority for the state.

His Highness’ participation in Arab and Gulf summits and important international conferences consolidated Qatar’s position, role and continuous efforts to support Gulf and Arab action, establish security and peace in the region and the world, and support development and international cooperation to confront economic, security and environmental issues and combat terrorism.

During the past year, His Highness the Emir made a series of visits and tours to many brotherly and friendly countries, including America, China, Iran, Turkey, the Emirates, Slovenia, Spain, Germany, Britain, France, Rwanda, Egypt, Algeria, the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan.

Peace consolidation

In 2022, Qatar continued its efforts as a platform for consolidating international peace and stability, and a reliable international mediator for resolving international disputes, through its active diplomacy, which succeeded in sponsoring the Chadian parties’ signing of the Doha Peace Agreement and the participation of military-political movements in the comprehensive and sovereign national dialogue in Chad, after negotiations in which more than of 50 groups from Chad, over the course of five months.

Qatar balancing

Qatar has also continued the path of development and comprehensive renaissance in various fields. from the legislative renaissance by issuing important laws and legislative amendments, covering all aspects of life, and laying down more facilities to encourage investment and the participation of the private sector in the development process. to the economic renaissance, which was reflected in the language of numbers by achieving the state budget. Qatar performed strongly during the first nine months of 2022. According to actual data for the first three quarters, total revenues amounted to 232.6 billion riyals, while total expenditures amounted to 155.2 billion riyals, with the budget surplus estimated at 77.4 billion riyals.

Qatar’s budget figures for the fiscal year 2023 reflect the state’s keenness to continue stimulating the growth of the economy and increasing its diversification, given the high levels of spending (199 billion riyals), and directing the surplus estimated at 29 billion riyals to pay off public debt and support the reserves of the Qatar Central Bank. Increasing the capital of the Qatar Investment Authority.

Ashghal’s achievements and the tourism boom…the most important records in 2022.

Qatar is a platform for consolidating peace and stability… and a reliable international mediator for resolving disputes.

Detailed data for Qatar’s budget for the year 2023 show that 22 new projects at a total cost of 9.8 billion riyals will see the light within the spending that is scheduled to reach 64 billion riyals of the total budget expenditures on major projects this year. Of these projects, 14 projects are based on an assessment of priorities at a value of 5.5 billion. riyals, and 8 based on new projects that have been committed to a value of 4.3 billion riyals.

The total revenue estimates in the new fiscal year budget amounted to 228 billion riyals, which represents an increase of 16.3%, compared to the estimates of the 2022 budget, while the expenditure estimates amount to 199 billion riyals, and a budget surplus of 29 billion riyals. while the state will continue to focus on the health sectors. And education, with the allocation of 21.1 billion riyals to the health sector, and this allocation constitutes about 11% of the total expenditures, while the education sector received nearly 9% of the total expenditures at an amount of 18.1 billion riyals.

Clean energy

In the field of clean energy, His Highness the Amir inaugurated in March of last year the Barzan gas project, which is the largest project after the Pearl gas-to-liquids project, which was inaugurated in 2011 at a cost of $19 billion. It also adds a high qualitative value in meeting the gas needs of the State of Qatar.

In October of last year, His Highness inaugurated the “Al-Kharsa’a” solar power plant project, which provides the equivalent of 10% of the country’s electric energy at peak time. The two stations are located in the industrial cities of Mesaieed and Ras Laffan.

Last year also witnessed the formation of Qatar Energy by eight international partnerships in the two expansion projects of the North East Field and the North South Field, which are expected to start production in 2026 and 2027, respectively. It is the largest project in the history of the LNG industry, and will raise Qatar’s production capacity of natural gas. Liquefied from 77 to 126 million tons annually.

Quantum leap

The past year also witnessed a qualitative leap and clear progress in the fields of health care and the provision of preventive and curative health services, according to the highest standards, in addition to the opening of more new hospitals and health centers, most notably the Aisha Bint Hamad Al-Attiyah Hospital of Hamad Medical Corporation, in the Tinbak region, and the Al-Maha Center for Specialized Care for Children. And the new Al-Khor Health Center and Al-Mashaf Health Center. so that Qatar will be included in the list of the best in the world in terms of the quality of health services and ease of access.

Continuing to work in the spirit of the World Cup challenge to achieve exceptional achievements.

Last year witnessed the issuance of His Highness, Emiri Decision No. 13 of 2022 to establish the Doha University of Science and Technology, to be a new academic beacon next to Qatar University and Education City universities to graduate the most efficient cadres in the various disciplines needed by the state.

Advancement of education

The advancement of education and the outputs of schools and universities, and linking them to the needs of Qatar in various disciplines, remains a priority for the state, within the framework of the investment strategy in the human element. Therefore, we are pleased with the continued success of the Scientific Excellence Day Award in its fifteenth session, and the announcement of the winners in its sixteenth session a few days ago, with what the award bears. From an important vision and goals to make excellence and excellence a well-established culture among all categories of the award, which include school and university students, teachers, master’s and doctoral students and holders.

Important indicators

During the past year, important indicators have emerged, reflected in the records achieved by many sectors, including what the Public Works Authority has done, the most important of which is the completion of more than 1,791 km of roads, in addition to 207 bridges and 143 tunnels, most notably Al Majd Road, Al Khor Road, Lusail Road, and the Ring Road. The seventh, in addition to the Sabah Al-Ahmad Corridor. These roads and other main and local roads not only link the stadiums, but also contributed to expediting and facilitating the fans’ access to move between the stadiums and the most important vital and touristic surrounding areas, in addition to their contribution to facilitating access to the various transportation facilities to achieve an experience Special for tournament fans.

Tourism in Qatar witnessed an unprecedented boom during the hosting of the World Cup, and hotel occupancy rates ranged from 90% to 100%. during the tournament.

The spirit of the World Cup

Many other entities and institutions have achieved records that qualify them for more achievements in the new year. which prompts us to say that the Qatar World Cup is just the beginning of more exceptional successes, which require everyone, institutions and individuals, the government and the private sector, to continue working. With team spirit and the World Cup challenge to achieve exceptional achievements in various fields.

Qatar, under the leadership of His Highness and the solidarity and giving of the honorable people, has always been the abode of glory and goodness, always capable of overcoming difficulties, achieving miracles and dazzling the world.

Abdullah Ghanem Al-Bunali Al-Muhannadi is the Editor-in-Chief of Al-Rayah

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