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World Cup 2022 is not far off, and Qatar has a lot of riding on the event as a catalyst for tourism in the future. Not having enough hotel rooms to house visitors to Doha could be a disaster ahead of the showcase event.

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On the outskirts of Doha, low-rise apartment blocks are starting to take shape that will house many of the soccer fans due to descend on the Qatari capital next year for the World Cup 2022.

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Qatar, which has been in the spotlight for its treatment of migrant workers on construction sites, hopes the tournament will attract 1.2 million visitors, roughly a third of its population.

Organizers told 442gh.com World Cup correspondent – Kissi Stephen Owura, that they expect to add up 5,000 rooms or more before the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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The number of hotel rooms and well established apartments is expected to rise to 45,000 ahead of the World Cup with this additional development by the end of September.

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Tourists arriving from the Jewel of the Sea Cruise and watching the cultural Qatari Dance at Doha Port yesterday.
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“It is expected that 5,000 new hotel rooms will be completed before the FIFA World Cup in November. This new supply, combined with the existing hotel supply and serviced apartments, will provide approximately 37,000 or 45 000 rooms,” says the “Q1 Real Estate Market Review” report.

According to data from the Planning and Statistics Authority, hotels of all classifications, from five stars to two and one stars, have seen their occupancy rates and revenue per available room increase.

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At the end of last year, there were around 30,000 hotel rooms available. Even after the World Cup, the hospitality industry will continue to grow. The overall supply of hotel rooms is expected to reach 50,000 by 2026, according to the estimate.

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“The hotel room supply in Qatar reached 29,386 at the end of 2021, reflecting an average compound growth rate of 6% per year since 2015. By 2026, the overall hotel room supply is expected to reach 50,000,’ per report gathered.

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Hotels are expected to perform better in the future as the number of tourists visiting Qatar will increase in the coming months as the country approaches hosting the most-anticipated FIFA World Cup. This will help the country’s tourism economy to revive.
Qatar’s hotel and apartment sectors have performed well, with an overall occupancy rate of 56% in February 2022.

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Last year, the hospitality industry remained robust. In 2021 alone, approximately 1,980 room keys were added from eight hotel properties. In the fourth quarter of 2021, the Steigenberger Hotel Doha with 206 rooms and the Zulal Wellness Resort with 180 rooms were inaugurated.

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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 CEO Nasser Al-Khater in an interview with SunSport, has assured supporters that the event will be “as affordable as possible for everyone who wish to come”.

Two cruise ships, one still under construction in France, and shared villas and apartments, including those at Madinatna, would provide at least another 64,000 rooms, most of them to be managed by Accor, Europe’s largest hotel operator.

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The cost of staying in some apartments is around $80 per night, while buying a room in a luxury floating hotel with restaurants and leisure activities costs around $180 per night.

FIFA organizers have also set a limit on the room fees that hotels can charge fans. The price of a three-star hotel is capped at around $120.

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Stay away from alcohol and women this off-season – Kobby Mensah to Karela United players

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Head Coach of Karela United Bismark Kobby Mensah has advised his players to stay aware from alcohol and women among others this off-season.

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In an send off address to the team, Kobby Mensah charged them to be discipline as they go back to have their break before the football season resumes.

“The season has ended and as you head home, this is a time of rest not indiscipline. Not a time for food, alcohol and women. Time of rest, especially to players who stay up late on Tik Tok + other social media platforms.’

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Karela United finished the Ghana Premier League season as high as 4th on the table with 52 points.

The Ghana FA has announced September 9-12 as the kick-off date for the 2022-23 Ghana Premier League season.

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The new season will start on a Friday September 9 with matches played across the various league centers.

Fixtures for the new season will be released on Tuesday July 26, 2022 to enable clubs prepare adequately for the season.

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2022 FIFA World Cup: FIFA Council gives approval for countries to present 26 players

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The Bureau of FIFA Council has given approval for qualified countries to proceed to the 2022 FIFA World Cup with 26 players.

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This is contained in an official communique published on the website of the world football government.

The squad size of 26 will be an increase from the usual 23-man squad used by national teams at the mundial in the past editions.

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Find more from the FIFA statement on the new amendment below:

The Bureau of the FIFA Council – composed of the FIFA President and the six confederation presidents – has addressed a number of key topics and taken the following decisions:

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73rd FIFA Congress

The 73rd FIFA Congress will be held in Kigali, Rwanda on 16 March 2023. The 2023 FIFA presidential election will take place at the 73rd FIFA Congress, the call for which was approved by the FIFA Council during its meeting on 30 March 2022.

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Kigali already hosted a meeting of the FIFA Council in October 2018.

Amendments to the Regulations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

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Given the need to retain additional flexibility due to the unique timing of the FIFA World Cup 2022™ in the global calendar, as well as the broader context of the disruptive effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on squads before and during tournaments, the Bureau has decided the following: • The maximum number of players on the release list has been increased from 35 to 55. • The number of players to be included on the final list has been increased to at least 23 and a maximum of 26. • The final matchday at club level for the 23 to 26 players nominated on the final list will be 13 November 2022. • No more than 26 people (up to 15 substitutes and 11 team officials – one of these officials must be the team doctor) will be allowed to sit on the team bench.

Equipment Regulations for FIFA competitions

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Following an in-depth review of the 2015 edition of the FIFA Equipment Regulations, which considered best practices in football and selected sports industry regulations, whilst also taking into account relevant provisions of the Laws of the Game and other FIFA regulations, the Bureau has decided to apply changes for the 2022 edition. The updated Equipment Regulations are available on FIFA.com.

FIFA U-20 World Cup Indonesia 2023™

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In December 2020, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau decided to cancel the 2021 edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup™ and appointed the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) to host the competition in 2023. Following discussions with the PSSI, as well as consultations with all confederations, the Bureau has confirmed that the tournament will be played from 20 May to 11 June 2023.

Credit: FIFA

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AshGold’s Yaw Annor ranked 7th player with most Goals in World Football in 2022

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Ashanti Gold forward Yaw Annor has been named among players with most Goals so far in 2022.

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The winger is ranked 7th among a list of players around the World who have so far netted more goals for their Clubs.

Top on the list is PSG star Kylian Mbappe who is on 27 goals.

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Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema follows with 25 goals.

Robert Lewandoski, Thiago Azulao and Germain Cano completes the top 5.

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Newly signed Bayern Munich and former Liverpool star Sadio Mane is 6th with 21 goals with Annor and Brazilian Hulk tied up with 20 goals each.

The Ghanaian has thus scored more goals in 2022 than Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jnr.

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Annor finished as the top scorer in the Ghana Premier League with 22 goals to his credit.

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