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Five Books on Qatar’s Sports Landscape

Five Books on Qatar's Sports Landscape

5 Books to Read About Qatar Before the World Cup

Qatar has hosted the World Cup four times in succession, back-to-back in 1990 and 1998. Yet after a two-year break before the fourth edition, a country with the world’s highest per capita income will host the game again in 2022.

The Gulf nation has a unique blend of oil, gas, and petrochemicals and its petrochemical complex—known as Al-Jouf, in Arabic—is the largest in the world. And despite being an extremely small country compared to other Gulf emirates, Qatar’s citizens enjoy the highest living standards in the Gulf region.

But with all that wealth and high-quality living comes a lot of work, and in many ways Qatar looks no different to other countries.

So before Qatar hosts the World Cup again in 2022, what topics would be worthwhile reading about Qatar in general—for your own research and learning in preparation for the next World Cup?

This Qatari article on the World Cup in the Gulf is a must-read (and yes, we made fun of the article title).

But it is a bookish and scholarly article, not one that features the glitz and glamour of Qatar’s national soccer team. We’re talking about a far more sober read, even if it will still get you ready for the next round.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of five Qatari books that cover the country’s sports landscape, its past, and more.

1. The Emir of Qatar

As the only Emir of a nation of 1.5 million-plus, Qatar’s most powerful man is its ruler. That makes him the only non-national author to have penned a book on the country’s national soccer team. His “My World in Soccer” has been a regular feature in the Al Jazeera English website, and if you want to know more about Qatar’s national team

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