Sports events flourish in Middle East
Qatar is to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup, but it is not the first high profile sporting event to be held in the region.
Recent weeks have seen a number of big international sporting tournaments, including the F1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, the final of the Race to Dubai golf championship, and the International Rugby Sevens.
The events all aim to make money, draw in visitors, and promote their city's brand name around the world.
The BBC's Philip Hampsheir reports.