Top-drawer security standards for Qatar 2022


Security in Qatar for WC on its highest level Image: Qatar 2022

With less than six months to go until the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ kicks off at the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium in Qatar, the Safety and Security Operations Committee (SSOC) of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) organized the Security Last-Mile Conference in Doha, Qatar, recently. The event, which has attracted international participation, aims to outline Qatar’s readiness to host a safe and secure tournament, and promote greater cooperation between law enforcement bodies in Qatar and around the world.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup™ is scheduled to be the 22nd running of the FIFA World Cup™ competition, the quadrennial international men’s football championship contested by the national teams of the member – associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Qatar from November 21st to December 18th, 2022.

Established in 2011 by the State of Qatar, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is responsible for the delivery of the required infrastructure and host country planning and operations for Qatar to host an amazing and historic 2022 FIFA World Cup™ which accelerates progress towards achieving national development goals and creates a lasting legacy for Qatar, the Middle East, Asia, and the world.

The ‘Qatar 2022’ stated that participating in the opening event was Helmut Spahn, FIFA’s Director of Security, who stressed that the level of integration and partnership that has been achieved with the FIFA Security and Safety Operations Committee for Qatar 2022 reassures that the tournament will be delivered to the highest safety standards.

Spahn added that the State of Qatar has spared no effort in building comprehensive international cooperation, something that FIFA has been very supportive of from the start.

The ‘Qatar 2022’ further stated that Spahn explained that the establishment of the IPCC is a major achievement, and that data-sharing agreements have also been signed to prevent troublemakers and hooligans from entering the country. Additionally, training and capacity-building partnerships have been strengthened through a number of memoranda of understanding signed between Interpol, the European Union and a number of other parties.

He also pointed out that FIFA’s human rights requirements have been integrated within all SSOC work mechanisms as part of a comprehensive working relationship with the FIFA security team. Spahn also reiterated that the plans put in place between tournament organizers have been adopted by key partners.

When taking all the efforts made by Qatar into account, Spahn confirmed that FIFA is confident that the country will deliver a safe and secure tournament for all participants.

Since being established in 2012, the SSOC has been working closely with FIFA, said Spahn. He praised the teamwork and tireless efforts made by the State of Qatar. He also pointed out that none of the achievements would have been possible without the high level of preparedness from the authorities in Qatar, and without the collective work of international law enforcement bodies.

Spahn confirmed that participating in this conference less than 200 days before the start of the tournament confirms the importance of coordination and cooperation between international law enforcement bodies. He also pointed out that each host country faces its own set of security challenges as was seen in recent tournaments in Germany, South Africa, Brazil, and Russia. In conclusion, Spahn expressed his gratitude to the SSOC for providing this opportunity to be under one roof with such a large number of representatives from Governmental and international bodies.

Added Eng. Al Ansari, SSOC Chairman, “The State of Qatar is ready to host the largest sporting event in the world. Our country enjoys the highest levels of security, bolstered by a world-class police service. Qatar ranks first in all global security indicators, including an exceptionally low crime rate. Our ability to host safe large-scale events was proven most recently during the COVID-19 pandemic, when we were able to successfully manage a number of health and security measures simultaneously.”

Continued Al Ansari, “Our security abilities were proven in exemplary fashion when Qatar hosted the FIFA Arab Cup in 2021. During the tournament, we proved our security, logistical and organizational readiness by testing our abilities to organize a safe and secure World Cup,”

Qatar’s readiness to host the FIFA World Cup™ was also proven during the ‘Watan’ simulation exercise which saw security, civil and military authorities from Qatar engage in a number of dummy exercises and training programs in participation with regional and international countries.

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