The 2022 World Cup should not be spread beyond Qatar to neighboring countries but Asian Football Confederation President Mohamed bin Hammam said on Saturday the entire Gulf region will benefit economically.
Speaking ahead of the Asian Cup final on Saturday, Bin Hammam said Qatar submitted a bid to host the 2022 tournament alone so it was only "fair" that it be allowed to organize matches within the border of the tiny, desert nation.
"From this point of view, I don't think any other country will have a part in the competition," he said.
But Bin Hammam, a Qatari, said he felt the impact of the tournament "will be huge" for the region as a result of increased tourism and infrastructure projects, as well as the legacy it leaves since it will be the first World Cup in the Middle East.
"The region will benefit from the tourists; economically I think infrastructure needs to be built," he said. "A lot of people are going to come to work for constructing these infrastructure. I actually see a huge impact, including the football by itself will be promoted in a very (huge) way."
The idea of Qatar sharing the World Cup was raised by FIFA President Sepp Blatter and endorsed by vice president Michel Platini within days of the vote on Dec. 2.
Qatar has refused to comment on any changes in the bid until it forms an organizing committee, and none of its Gulf neighbors have said whether they would like to host matches.