Will the 2034 World Cup Be a Sweat-Fest? Saudi Arabia Considers Summer Dates

The fact that during the summer in Saudi Arabia temperatures reach an extreme 48 degrees Celsius is worrying

by Sededin Dedovic
Will the 2034 World Cup Be a Sweat-Fest? Saudi Arabia Considers Summer Dates
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The 2034 FIFA World Cup, which will be hosted by Saudi Arabia, has sparked discussions about the possibility of holding the tournament during the traditional summer months despite the country's high temperatures. In a recent interview with the BBC, Saudi Sports Minister Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal addressed these concerns, stating that a summer option was being seriously considered.

While the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was held in November and December to avoid the summer heat, Al Faisal stressed that Saudi Arabia was exploring all options, including a summer tournament. He confidently stated, "We're dealing with it," leaving the door open for a potentially heated World Cup.

Extreme temperatures in Saudi Arabia

However, temperatures in Saudi Arabia can reach a whopping 48 degrees Celsius during the summer, raising concerns for the health and well-being of players and participants from different parts of the world.

Memories of the numerous logistical problems faced during the World Cup in Qatar also remain, prompting Prince Abdulaziz to guarantee that such problems will not arise in 2034.

The Royal Family is building 3 new stadiums by 2027

"We have ten years to work on it," he said, noting the ample time available to prepare for the event.

He pointed out that the construction of several stadiums is underway and the adaptation of existing facilities is planned, minimizing the need for larger new buildings. In addition, the royal family is already building three stadiums for the 2027 Asian Cup, showing its commitment to infrastructure development.

The decision to hold the 2034 World Cup in Saudi Arabia during the summer will undoubtedly be met with mixed reactions. While some might welcome the opportunity to experience the tournament in its traditional setting, others are likely to express concern about potential health risks and logistical challenges.

Perhaps the royal family is the richest in the world, but whether they will be able to solve this "case" with money will be interesting to watch. The final decision will rest with FIFA and the Saudi Arabian authorities, who must carefully weigh the various factors involved to ensure a successful and safe event for all participants.