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The eyes of the sporting world have been on the State of Qatar since it controversially won its bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, never having previously qualified for the finals. Since then seven new stadiums, an airport, metro, roads and 100 hotels have been built, mostly using foreign labourers.
With less than 50 days to go until the first match (20 November), Qatar is the first Muslim country in the Arab world and the smallest country (smaller than Yorkshire) to hold the tournament.
Fewer than 3 million people (of whom only 350,000 are Qataris) live there, but 1.2million fans are expected. The final will be played on Qatar National Day (18 December).
Despite there being strict controls on alcohol, beer will be available at each of the 64 matches, before and after, but not during.