According to Delloite, Qatar, hosts of the 2022 World Cup, is preparing to spend a the sum of $200 billion (£134.3bn) to host the World Cup when the circus comes to their country in nine years time.
The Deloitte report claims that $140 billion of that will be for transportation infrastructure including a new airport, roads and a metro system.
A further $20 billion will be spent on “tourism infrastructure”
The population of Qatar is under two million but they expect 400,000 people to visit the country during the World Cup.
FIFA’s decision to award the World Cup to Qatar was controversial for a number of reasons – not least because temperatures in the tiny gulf state can reach more than 40 degrees Celsius in the summer months.
Historically, the World Cup has always been held in June and July and any change could lead to a major scheduling headache with the major European leagues normally playing through the winter.
Qatar’s right to stage the 2022 World Cup if the event is moved to the winter months would also be open to a legal challenge.
The country is racing to develop efficient solar-powered cooling technology to counter the searing heat in their stadiums.
Qatar plans to construct its stadiums with modular technology so it can downscale them after the tournament, and donate seating to countries with little sports infrastructure.