File - In this Jan. 3, 2011 file photo, a worker cleans the road outside Khalifa sport complex in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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Deep pockets and a five-year lead time are keeping Qatar's dream of hosting football's 2022 World Cup from turning into a boycott-battered nightmare.A four-nation embargo led by Saudi Arabia has cut off Qatar construction materials it was counting on to build at least eight stadiums, lay dozens of miles of rail work and erect a brand new city before the world's most-watched sporting event. The outsize tab will be paid for courtesy of vast natural gas reserves that allow Qatar's 2.6 million residents to enjoy the world's highest per capita income. It is that energy wealth – plus more than $335 billion worth of assets around the globe – that's also allowed it to stand firm in its standoff with the Saudi-led alliance. Even before the boycott tacked on costs, Qatar had committed $200 billion to build new stadiums, a $35 billion metro and rail system, and a new city for 200,000 people.
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