Ten years from home World Cup, Saudi Arabia sizes up ‘huge challenge’

A decade before it hosts the FIFA World Cup, the size of the task facing Saudi Arabia is becoming apparent, including building stadiums, hotels and transport links.

As the only bidder, Saudi Arabia was anointed host of the 2034 World Cup last October by FIFA.

Infrastructure is the initial concern for the oil-rich kingdom, which is snapping up high-profile sports events in an attempt to sweep away its conservative image and entice foreign investment.

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