“This event was entirely built on the backs of migrant workers, on a completely unequal balance of power,” Michael Page, Human Rights Watch’s deputy Director for the Middle East & North Africa division, stated this. “These were very predictable abuses.”

Thought Qatar has now — at FIFA’s behest — halted most construction projects and sent home most of the workers before the World Cup It is still dependent on foreign labor. For instance, security personnel from France, Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan and Egypt have been imported to augment an already over-stretched local police force. A new wave has arrived to help staff the hotels and provide food service.

The country’s small size, though, has done nothing to contain its ambition. For example, this summer Qatar It was announced that the announcement is part of World Cup It would hold a dance music fest at Ras Abu Fontas just south of Doha. This festival would feature a fire-breathing and laser-shooting spider, borrowed from Glastonbury’s music festival in England.

“In the few months before a tournament, most countries are scaling down,” Ronan Evain, director of Football Supporters Europe. “Qatar has just kept scaling up.”

The The organizers claim that the aim is to provide a unique fan experience. It will be an entirely different experience. Qatar shocked FIFA and fans alike on Friday by deciding, only days before the tournament’s opening match, to go back on its promise to allow the sale of beer at its eight World Cup stadiums. It will be still available in certain locations. World Cup areas, including for several dedicated hours a day in fan zones, but there was no denying Friday that the hosts had, belatedly, reset the tournament’s traditions to satisfy local rules.

The about-face raised new questions about whether everyone — particularly LGBTQ+ fans — will face the kind of welcome that Qatar’s organizing committee and FIFA have consistently guaranteed.

Khalid Salman is an ambassador for the Qatari National team. World Cup, did not seem to have heard the organizers’ messaging. “Homosexuality is haram here,” He told a German documentary using an Arabic word which roughly translated as forbidden. “It is haram because it is damage in the mind.”