The city built for the Qatar World Cup

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Less than a month before the World Cup Final is due to be hosted, the city of Lusail was eerily quiet.

Wide, empty streets, idle lobbies and construction cranes are everywhere in the elegant neighborhood 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the capital, Doha, which was built to accommodate World Cup fans and the hundreds of thousands of residents of host nation Qatar.

But as soccer’s biggest event kicks off, the empty futuristic city raises questions about how much of the infrastructure Qatar built for the event will benefit after more than a million soccer fans left the small Gulf state after the tournament.

Elias Garcia, a 50-year-old business owner from San Francisco, visited Lusail City from Doha with a friend on a day when there was no football match at the city’s Golden Stadium.
“We came to check it out, but there’s not much here,” Garcia said, looking at the huge crescent-shaped skyscraper behind him designed to look like the curved swords on Qatar’s national emblem.

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