Dutch companies make millions

Despite protests against host Qatar, Dutch companies collected millions for World Cup projects

Despite the Netherlands’ harsh criticism of host country Qatar, Dutch corporations made millions of euros from construction projects for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

After winning the bid to host the World Cup, Qatar has been heavily attacked by Western media outlets for its treatment of migrant labor.

The organizations worked on developing Qatar’s metro station, airport, and stadiums to welcome the 1.5 million football fans who would throng the Gulf state for the sports event.

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On Tuesday, the data were published in the Dutch tabloid Trouw, highlighting the deaths of migrant laborers who were also involved in World Cup building sites.

According to the newspaper, it is still unknown whether any deaths occurred at the projects on which Dutch businesses worked. Construction firm BAM, steel business Frijns Staal, and Royal HaskoningDHV are among the companies that profited millions.

“Dutch coach blasts Qatar’s ‘absurd’ decision to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.”

While listing the companies, the Dutch site stated Qatar was not ready for the November kickoff, despite assertions from Qatari and FIFA officials to the contrary.

The latest report on money earned by Dutch firms contradicts the Netherlands’ protest remarks about Qatar hosting the World Cup due to human rights violations.

ING, Albert Heijn, KPN, and lottery corporation Nederlandse Loterij were among the Dutch national football team’s sponsors who opted out of the event.

ING, Albert Heijn, KPN, and lottery corporation Nederlandse Loterij were among the Dutch national football team’s sponsors who opted out of the event.

Over the previous few years, the Dutch football federation (KNVB) has been among those who have expressed resistance to the athletic event. Last year, the federation informed Doha News that it was never “in favor” of Qatar’s candidacy for the 2022 World Cup due to its “lack of football history and harsh temperatures.”

The KNVB reversed its statements during its February visit to Doha.

During the tour, the Dutch members authorized the St. Regis Hotel in Doha as the national football team’s lodging and two football grounds at Qatar University as designated training venues.

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“It’s ludicrous that the World Cup is being held in Qatar,” says Louis van Gaal. FIFA claims that they want to “grow football in Qatar.” It all comes down to money and commercial interests. That is the only thing that FIFA cares about.

At the World Economic Forum in May, Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani lashed out at the Gulf state’s unjust criticism (WEF).

Since winning the bid to host the huge event, Qatar has implemented significant reforms to uphold workers’ rights.

Doha has also collaborated closely with the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) and other international organizations to improve local working conditions.

“These individuals, many of whom hold positions of power, had launched attacks at a rate never witnessed previously when other countries held a mega-sporting event on different continents,” Qatar’s Amir stated, stressing that such countries face their own set of concerns and challenges.

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