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India didn’t qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar, but it has contributed immensely to making the World Cup happen. Right from infrastructure, and ticket sales to the export of food, India has done it all to make this mega event happen.
NRIs making it big in Qatar
Founders of many big conglomerates in Qatar have roots in India. They are of Indian origin and moved to Qatar in the late 1990s. This includes businesses like Infrastructure, retail, and supply chain management.
Making & Maintaining Stadiums
Azeem, an Indian immigrant of the second generation, founded Coastal Qatar, a corporation involved in manufacturing, steel fabrication, trading, and building. His company has erected 2,000 restroom cubicles, player changing rooms, lighting poles, and 350,000 seats across six stadiums for the World Cup. It has also contributed secondary steel for several of the structures. Qatar’s stadium needs constant cooling facilities due to the extreme heat. Some of this technology came from Galfar Al Misnad, a company led by Satish G. Pillai.
Food and Supply Chain Management
One of the largest retail chains in Qatar, LuLu Group International, employs Mohamed Althaf as a director. In the early 2000s, he moved to Qatar from India, and today he employs 6,000 people, of which half are Indians. LuLu offers a variety of items including food and daily-use items. The LuLu Webstore delivers in two to three hours, but express delivery, which delivers 1,500 essential items in an hour, is also available.
Nisham Ismail, an Indian expat who established Food Truck, has aided in the opening of 60–65 stores and stalls. The business offers self-standing container kiosks that can be utilized as temporary eateries, retail, and lodging.
Indian-owned Hospital chain Naseem Healthcare is on the official list of private healthcare facilities provided by the country as told by the Ministry of Healthcare. More than 55% of the total nurses working in Qatar are Indians.
Wellcare pharmacy was founded by Ashraf K.P. in 2000. Wellcare Pharmacy is one of the largest chains in Qatar, with 92 locations. To reach all important communities within a 15-minute drive, 13 additional pharmacies were opened this year.
Travel and Tourism
The owner of the destination management firm Travel Designer is the Indian Nelson Jos. During the tournament, he hoped to handle the travel requirements of over 500 individuals per day, including hotel reservations and excursions outside of Doha.
There are about 750,000 Indians in Qatar, a quarter of its population. In addition to blue-collar vocations like driving, cleaning, and plumbing, they also work in the fields of medicine, engineering, banking, finance, and the media.
India has a massive population of 1.3 billion in comparison to the 4.3 million in Qatar. The labor market in India is huge (471 million) and the demand is also high. An Indian laborer may readily adjust to the hot and arid climate of the Middle East because they are accustomed to working in adverse weather conditions in their own country. Thousands of Indian employees contributed to everything from construction to branding for the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Larsen & Toubro
In 2016, Larsen & Toubro secured a contract to build the Al Rayyan Stadium which has a capacity of 40,000. L&T secured the deal for a whopping amount of US$135 million.
According to a company spokesperson, BMC Electroplast, an MSME unit, has provided current and voltage transformers for the FIFA World Cup 2022, which are essential parts of the power distribution system. The Kolkata-based firm has exported around 3000 transformers to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. India quite literally ‘lights up’ the World Cup in Qatar.
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West Bengal exported 1000 KGs of mutton ahead of the tournament to Qatar. Before the World Cup this year, Qatar reportedly received 1.2 metric tonnes (1200 kg) of mutton from the Haringhata meat facility in Bengal’s Nadia region. The WB Livestock Development Corporation-owned Haringhata brand’s two shipments of goat and sheep meat were flown to Qatar on November 3.
Since Qatar is home to 32 football teams and almost 1.2 million spectators, the demand for eggs has increased. From less than a crore per month, Namakkal’s (a district in Tamil Nadu) egg supply to the Arab country has increased to 2.5 crores.
Record Ticket Sales
Even though Indians have not qualified for the World Cup, the fans are extremely passionate about Football. Indian fans rank among the top 10 in the number of tickets bought. Indians bought over 23,500 of the 1.8 million tickets sold.
The top 10 nations with the most ticket purchases are Qatar, Canada, England, France, Germany, India, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.
Indians are anticipated to make up the highest contingent of guests from a non-playing country; as a result, private jet demand from India has skyrocketed.
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