Sport has always played an important role in the lives of Qatar’s residents, and most of Qatar’s sporting venues are open to the public in an effor t to encourage residents to adopt a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise.
Today newspaper : Gulf Times and The Peninsula Qatar mentions that Emiri decision sets National Sports Day, HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.
Yesterday, 06-December-2011 issued Emiri Decision No.80 of 2011 whereby the second Tuesday of February every year shall be observed as the National Sports Day.
All government ministries and agencies and firms and establishments in the private sector shall do the needful to organise a wide range of sports activities on that day for different age groups. It shall be deemed as an official paid holiday. This decision is issued in the light of the Labour Law No.14 of 2004 and its subsequent amendments; and the Law No.8 of 2009 on human resources.
I’m so proud to this country, Qatar has won praise in recent years for hosting a number of prestigious international sporting events, including the 15th Asian Games in December 2006.
I’m very lucky that I was selected as Torchbearer 15th Asian Games from more than 3,500 Torchbearers across the world will carry the Flame before it enters Khalifa Stadium on 1 December 2006 at the Opening Ceremony to ignite the flame and officially start the Games.
Last year Qatar has hosted the AFC Asian Cup in 2010 and also now successfully won the right to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
In preparation for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar plans to more than double the number of hotel rooms, build nine stadiums and refurbish three others, in addition to constructing a rail and metro network.
Qatar plans to spend $4 billion on a stadium construction and refurbishment programme. The rail and metro networks are expected to cost more than $25 billion. In addition, there are plans to build the longest bridge in the world that will connect the tiny oil-rich State with nearby Kingdom Bahrain. A new airport is also under construction, and is expected to be operational next year.
Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup is expected to boost the country’s economy, diversifying its investments and increasing spending on non-hydrocarbon sectors, in particular infrastructure, construction and manufacturing, reports say. Increased government spending will help maintain Qatar’s annual growth forecast of 15 per cent in 2010 and 16 per cent in 2011.