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Relating to the Dec. 18 editorial “An undignified World Cup”:

The 2022 Qatar World Cup, which concluded Dec. 18, epitomized what each World Cup ought to aspire to be: a novel international alternative to advertise unity, uncover commonalities, and break down cultural boundaries and misperceptions, with soccer because the unifying pressure.

Qatar is honored to have hosted the first World Cup in the Middle East, serving to to symbolize more than 440 million Arabs in a area that has usually been misunderstood and stereotyped. We’re proud that more than 1.4 million visitors traveled again to their properties with a greater understanding of our tradition and a connection to our individuals. That is maybe no higher demonstrated than by the ghutra, the normal Qatari headdress, quickly turning into a global symbol of delight for thus many worldwide followers.

We’re proud to have efficiently delivered an open, inclusive and protected match for all. Even a few of our staunchest critics admit that the Qatar World Cup has been the most secure, most family-friendly and most accessible World Cup but. Many supporters, particularly ladies and households, have highlighted the improved security and expertise offered by alcohol-free stadiums, whereas our custom of heat hospitality ensured that each one followers had been capable of benefit from the World Cup, every of their most well-liked methods.

The dramatic remaining was a becoming technique to convey one of many best-ever World Cups to an finish. The presentation of the bisht — a logo of delight, honor and respect in our tradition — by His Highness the Amir to Lionel Messi earlier than he lifted the trophy embodied the match’s central message of cultural change and understanding.

Qatar has all the time been open to criticisms and new concepts, and acted swiftly to handle challenges. On labor requirements, we embraced engagement with critics and labored intently with worldwide specialists, together with the International Labor Organization, to introduce sweeping reforms at a outstanding tempo. Progress on the bottom has been highlighted by way of common, impartial ILO reports.

The impression speaks for itself: Salaries of greater than 280,000 workers had been instantly adjusted to fulfill the brand new threshold after Qatar launched the area’s first nondiscriminatory minimum wage in 2021; 420,000 workers switched employers after boundaries to altering jobs had been eliminated in 2020; and, starting in 2015, greater than 1.6 million workers at the moment are lined by the Wage Safety System, which ensures wages are paid in full and on time. New mechanisms have been launched to facilitate higher entry to justice for staff. This consists of the Workers’ Support and Insurance Fund, which is efficient in offering compensation for staff and their households, reimbursing staff with almost $320 million this 12 months alone.

Tens of millions of holiday makers have skilled our nation, witnessing our heat, welcoming tradition that values the rights of all individuals, ensures ladies are revered and embraces range of backgrounds. Alternatives to discover new cultures, uncover shared values and problem prejudices ought to be celebrated as successful for all.

Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani, Washington

The author is Qatar’s ambassador to america.

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