A mock world cup trophy  in a   shop in Souk Waqif in Doha. Photograph:  Ibraheem al Omari/Reuters

On New Year’s Day, the people of the oil- and gas-rich gulf state of Qatar woke to find a “health” tax had been implemented overnight, doubling the pr(...)

A general view of the stadium during fireworks in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina Photograph: Getty Images

The World Cup may be just over but the focus is already turning to Qatar 2022. The plight of workers preparing for the World Cup in Qatar is set to fe(...)

French footballer Zahir Belounis on his return to Paris after being  detained in Qatar for more than two years due to exit visa laws. Photograph:  Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Fifa has said it will not revise its decision to grant Qatar the 2022 World Cup but will continue to monitor the country’s treatment of migrant(...)