International infrastructure projects were the big winners today as Russia and Qatar won their World Cup bids.
Russia beat off competition from England, Spain/Portugal and the Netherlands/Belgium to stage the 2018 World Cup while Qatar won out over the US, Australia, Japan and Korea.
Russia will now have to create massive improvements including upgrades to rail and air infrastructure to link the stadiums across large distances. However, it is understood to have strong political backing and a massive budget.
Th Qatar bid has been put together with assistance from Arup, who designed and constructed a fully operational zero-carbon air-conditioned five-a-side stadium, which will be rolled out across 12 full-sized stadia and practice pitches in a project worth in excess of £6.4M to create the first ever zero-carbon World Cup.
FIFA president Joseph Blatter said that the winners signalled a move to “new lands” as the World Cup has not yet been to Eastern Europe or the Middle East.