‘Higher security standards during Qatar 2022’

 08 Nov 2017 - 8:38

‘Higher security standards during Qatar 2022’
Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-General of Supreme Committee for Delivery a Legacy, speaks during the 1st Major Event Safety and Security Conference at St. Regis Hotel yesterday. Pic: Baher Amin / The Peninsula

The Peninsula

Qatar is keen to organise a unique FIFA World Cup with the highest standards of safety and security, stressing the importance of global cooperation to organise safe sports events, said the Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), Hassan Al Thawadi (pictured). 

“Qatar has become well-known globally for its safety, where it was ranked as the safest country in the MENA region for the ninth consecutive year in the Global Peace Index, which was compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace,” he said while speaking at the opening session of the first “Major Event Safety and Security Conference” yesterday. 

Al Thawadi said Qatar also is one of the top ten countries in terms of safety and security in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, where it stands side by side with Switzerland and Singapore. 

Al Thawadi said Qatar’s vision about securing the World Cup is reflected in achieving an accomplishment similar to those made by Doha in the field of security. Qatar is continuously working on ensuring a safe and secure environment for its people and residents, noting that the stable and secure environment was the foundation of rapid development that the country has witnessed and continues to witness he added.  

Al Thawadi confirmed Qatar’s commitment to start dialogue and fight poverty through development, humanitarian aids and investing in education since it is the ideal tool to build a promising future for the Qatari people and other populations in the Middle East and around the world. 

World Cup is a unique platform to strengthen the understanding between the people of the east and west he said, adding that it is impossible to find an event that unifies humans of different origins, religions and cultures as much as the World Cup does. 

He highlighted the relationship between SC and Interpol, which was officially established in the 81st Interpol general assembly in Rome nearly five years ago. 

Five years away from first World Cup in the Middle East (2022 World Cup), Al Thawadi said, Qatar is half way through since the cooperation agreement was signed with Interpol. 

Al Thawadi added that the agreement signed in 2012 reflects the importance of cooperation and coordination with international law enforcement agencies to ensure organizing a safe sports event. 

The conference hosts a large number of experts with great experience in securing major events, including government officials, law enforcement officials, academics, private sector representatives and cybersecurity experts, Al Thawadi said.

He added that the importance of global cooperation to ensure safety and security increases daily, noting that events such as the World Cup or the Olympics are not safe or secure without a comprehensive global security network consisting of law enforcement institutions working harmoniously together.