Critics of Qatar's 2022 World Cup, refusing to acknowlege that the tiny Gulf nation has won the right to host the event, are now pointing to the costs. A German consultancy estimated that Doha's price tag could reach US$220 billion. About $50 billion would be spent on stadium construction and renovation; another $77 billion on facilities for soccer players and visitors; and $50 billion for transportation projects. Another $45 billion would be spend on constructing a new city, Lusail City, that could eventually be home to 200,000 residents.

Qatar currently has the world's highest per capita income, and perhaps with the exception of the World Cup extravaganza, is spending its money wisely. But in addition to investing money in technology that will keep athletes and fans cool during the soccer matches, Qatar promises an additional 85 miles of rail to transport commuters across the city and to all venues.

But the most exciting development is the building of the 12 venues for soccer matches. Some promise solar, others tout technologies such as cooling gels that will keep faciities and fans comfortable. If Qatar succeeds in transforming its landscape while allowing new and sustainable technologies to scale and decrease in cost, that $220 billion price tag may not seem to ridiculous after all.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.