ENGLAND’S luxury five-star hotel for the 2022 World Cup was built by the Qatari government accused of funding Al-Qaeda terrorists.
The Three Lions are planning to stay at the Tivoli Souq Al-Wakra hotel for the duration of this winter’s tournament.
But as reported by the Daily Mail, the hotel was put up using money from Qatar’s Private Engineering Office.
And the report adds that the PEO was named as an alleged source of secret money laundering, giving hundreds of millions of pounds to jihadists in a High Court.
The hotel was constructed in 2015 as a purpose-built venue for the World Cup.
And documentation seen by the Mail suggests it was done by building company Generic Engineering Technologies.
Further paperwork allegedly reveals the construction was a Qatari government contract.
And GET project manager Nader Haddad lists PEO as the main client on his online CV.
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The Mail add that another electrical engineering subcontractor, Arena Engineering Consultants, have also operated alongside PEO.
In June 2021, a High Court lawsuit alleged the PEO, overseen by the Qatari government, of diverting money to Al-Qaeda through fake contracts in Syria.
The claim accused the ‘high-ranking members of the Qatari ruling elite’ of providing funds to ‘actively support and facilitate’ Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists including the jihadist Nusra Front in the Syrian civil war.
The allegations have been denied by the Qatari government and all the defendants, including former Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani.
England’s stunning Souq Al-Wakra complex is based in the fishing village of Al Wakrah, ten miles south of the capital city Doha.
An FA delegation visited the resort in January and Gareth Southgate helped choose it – as well as the Saoud bin Abdulrahman Stadium as their training ground – for logistical reasons.
The £62-£109-per-night luxury hotel was also deliberately selected with a private beach to replicate England’s relaxed atmosphere they had back in 2018 in Russia, where they reached the semi-finals.
Described as ‘an elegant seaside stay’, England stars and staff could also make use of the on-site spa, which costs £100 for a 60-minute session.
The Souq Al-Wakra hotel also has meeting rooms where Southgate would be able to gather with his squad for pre-match briefings.