Several countries have recently announced plans to help Qatar secure the Football World Cup 2022. Swiss arms exports rose by more than 40% to $524 million in the first half of this year after sales of air defence systems were completed with Qatar for $162 million, the Swiss economy ministry said. Qatar Football World Cup fans can buy Serbia Vs Switzerland Tickets from our website.
Qatar, Botswana, Germany, Denmark and Saudi Arabia were the top five buyers of Swiss weapons. Armoured vehicles were purchased from Botswana and Denmark, as well as ammunition and accessories from Germany.
The systems will be used to protect stadiums during the World Cup in November. Where numerous countries from around the world will participate in the safety planning.
Security assistance during the Football World Cup
NATO recently announced that it will assist Qatar with security measures during the Qatar Football World Cup. As part of the alliance’s close cooperation with Doha.
Support will include training against threats posed by chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials. Which will be provided by Slovakia and NATO’s Joint CBRN Defense Center of Excellence in the Czech Republic. Atlantic alliance in a statement.
US secret service strengthens security at Qatar World Cup
As part of the security assistance, Romania will also provide training on how to protect VIPs and avert threats from improvised explosive devices.
In addition, Qatari and Turkish officials met in Doha last month to discuss security-related issues in preparation for hosting the World Cup later this year.
Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu announced in January. That 3,250 security personnel would be temporarily sent to Qatar for the games. 3,000 riot police, 100 Turkish Special Forces, 50 bomb detection dogs and their handlers. The 50 bomb experts and others will be on duty for about 45 days during the competition.
Soylu also said Ankara had mentored 677 Qatari security officials in 38 different areas of expertise, Al Jazeera reported. Morocco will reportedly send a team of cybersecurity experts to Qatar ahead of the World Cup, according to Rabat-based media.
Swiss Bank moves to Qatar
The reports came when the Swiss ambassador to Qatar, Edgar Doerig, told the local newspaper Al Jazeera. That both countries were now expanding the number of Swiss banks operating in the Gulf state.
Several high-level visitors have been spotted, with Credit Suisse hiring more than UBS to expand its operations in Qatar. The two largest banks in Switzerland are these entities.
Doerig said both countries are “doing a good job” in their trade relationship. He predicts that between 4,000 and 5,000 Swiss tourists will visit the country because of the World Cup. “Traditionally, tourism from Qatar to Switzerland has been very strong, and tourism from Switzerland to Qatar will remain very strong.”
He also revealed that a group from the hotel and healthcare sector had visited Doha to discuss cooperation with the Qatar Health Organization. Qatar World Cup 2022 fans can buy Switzerland Football World Cup Tickets from our website.
The opening of the prestigious Swiss clinic Clinique La Prairie in collaboration with the Alfardan Group is one of the most recent developments. St. Regis Marsa Arabia is home to the clinic, which is expected to open in September.
Qatar, Switzerland to further strengthen bilateral ties
Swiss Ambassador Edgar Doerig said bilateral relations between Qatar and Switzerland will be further strengthened. Especially in the field of tourism, as thousands of Swiss football fans are expected to arrive in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022.
“The World Cup is a sporting event that will attract many Swiss fans and tourists. I think Switzerland is expecting 5,000 or more,” the envoy recently told reporters on the sidelines of a Katara Hospitality event.
According to Doerig, tourism from Switzerland to Qatar will be stronger in the upcoming major sporting events. But he noted that it has traditionally been very strong, from Qatar to Switzerland, due to the latter’s growing popularity as a healthcare destination.
He noted that the Swiss embassy in Doha has seen an upward trend based on the number of visa applications received. Switzerland’s thriving medical tourism is said to be due to its state-of-the-art facilities, first-class doctors and excellent treatment by Swiss hospitals.
Doerig said a recent delegation from about eight hospitals and hotels in Doha was negotiating cooperation with the Qatar Health Organization.
He revealed that the renowned Swiss clinic Clinique La Prairie will partner (medical and wellness collaboration) with Alfardan Medical and Northwestern Medicine with the aim of ensuring that patients are treated in Qatar.
The envoy said he hoped other collaborations could be established between the two countries’ medical institutions in the future, including exchanges of experts and other experts. He noted that “traditional tourism” is also another area. That can be explored between Qatar and Switzerland, such as cooking, climbing and visiting cultural sites.
Swiss Ambassador Edgar Doerig
“It is very important to me that Qatari citizens and residents find the rest of Switzerland. Traditionally I have always loved the Lake Geneva area in Zurich. I am sure there are other hidden gems such as Eastern Switzerland”, says Doerig.
Regarding participation in the World Cup, he said that the Swiss national football team. Which had secured tickets for the prestigious competition, was preparing preparations. During the event, they will stay at Le Royal Meridien Doha in Lusail. FIFA World Cup 2022 fans can buy Qatar Football World Cup Tickets from our website.
Swiss ministers and VIPs expected to be in Qatar during the month-long event from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18 will also meet their counterparts in Doha, Doerig said.
He noted that the bilateral relationship between Qatar and Switzerland remains good. The two finance ministers Ueli Maurer (Switzerland) and Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari signed an agreement on cooperation in financial matters and witnessed high-level visits.
Major Swiss banks such as Credit Suisse and UBS have expanded their presence in Doha, among other banks also planning to open representative offices, Doerig said.
On trade and investment, he said Qatari investment in Switzerland remained at a good level, citing three hotels in Katara Hospitality. Burgenstock Hotels and Resort Lucerne, Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & Spa and Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa Lausanne.
In addition to the Qatar Investment Authority’s strong involvement. The envoy also said that some Qataris have also bought houses or apartments in Switzerland.
In the field of education, he said, there are occasional collaborations between Swiss universities. Such as the Graduate School of Geneva and a technical school in Lausanne and the University of Qatar.
Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 boosts Swiss arms exports
In the first half of the year, Swiss arms exports rose more than 40 per cent to 516 million Swiss francs ($526 million).
The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) said the increase was mainly due to the sale of air defence systems to Qatar worth nearly 160 million Swiss francs.
The Gulf state has bought the Swiss system to help protect stadiums during the World Cup in November and December. According to a SECO statement on Tuesday.
After Qatar, the top five buyers were Germany, Botswana, Denmark, and Saudi Arabia. Denmark and Botswana bought armoured vehicles and German ammunition and spare parts.
Switzerland has not sold any new systems to Saudi Arabia since 2016 to avoid using them in the war in Yemen. The sale to Riyadh includes spare parts and ammunition for air defence systems, SECO said.
The agency adds that the value of arms exports has changed significantly over the years. Turnover amounted to CHF 273 million in the first half of 2019, reaching CHF 501 million in 2020. Before falling again to CHF 357 million in June 2021.
According to the traditional Swiss principle of neutrality, arms exports to Ukraine, including via third countries, are in principle prohibited.
In April, the government rejected Denmark’s request to send a Swiss-made armoured car to Ukraine. It also prevented the re-export of Swiss-made German anti-aircraft tank ammunition.
However, the Swiss government approved requests to sell spare parts of war material in Germany and Italy for re-export to Ukraine.