Qatar has tried to make itself more attractive to tourists.
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Qatar's hosting of the world athletics championships brought criticism for poor attendances and hot conditions for road events but there was something else that struck many visitors about 2022 World Cup host -- a lack of things to do.The Gulf state was named as one of the world's 10 unfriendliest cities for visitors by the Conde Nast Traveller magazine in 2016, with readers complaining it was ugly and with "horrible" traffic.It begs the question: Can Qatar keep the fans entertained at the 2022 World Cup, where supporters of all 32 teams will descend on a single city, and will they come in the first place -- particularly the buoyant Latin Americans who livened up the last two World Cups?The spat between Qatar and the four Arab states has cut the number of direct flights to Doha, and those operated by state airline Qatar Airways have to make lengthy diversions.Nasser al-Khater, chief executive of the 2022 World Cup, promised in a recent interview with a group of reporters that Qatar expected 1 million fans and there would be plenty to keep them occupied on non-match days.
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