DOHA: More than 60 percent of youth in the GCC countries believe Qatar was the right choice to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, shows a regional survey.
ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey results show that 57 percent of Arab youth from GCC and non-GCC countries believe Qatar was the right choice to host the World Cup.
Support for a Qatar World Cup is strongest in the GCC countries with 61 percent saying the Gulf state was the right choice to host the tournament compared to 54 percent in the non-GCC Arab countries
Two thirds of youth (65 per cent) think Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup will encourage development of football in the Arab world.
Over a quarter (26 percent) of youth in non-GCC countries and 25 percent in the Gulf states “don’t know” if Qatar was the right choice while 14 percent and 20 percent in GCC and non-GCC countries, respectively, believe it was the wrong choice.
Qatar beat off bids from Australia, Japan, the United States and South Korea for the right to stage the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Arab Youth Survey is an annual initiative of ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller, the leading public relations consultancy in Middle East and North Africa (Mena).
ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller’s sister agency, international polling firm PSB, which officially established its Middle East offices in January of this year, conducted 3,500 face-to-face interviews with exclusively Arab men and women aged 18-24 in the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain), Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Yemen and, for the first time in 2014, Palestine. The survey was conducted between December 2013 and January 2014.
Optimism about the development of football in the Arab world on the back of the tournament win is broadly consistent between the GCC and non-GCC countries with just over two thirds (68 per cent) in the six Gulf states agreeing that Qatar hosting the tournament will positively impact the game compared to 64 per cent in non-GCC countries. Just 18 per cent of young Arabs aged 18-24 do not think the tournament will have a positive impact on football in the region while 17 percent “don’t know”.