Qatar hires consulting firm for 2022 World Cup

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar hired its first major contractor for the 2022 World Cup, choosing American consulting firm CH2M Hill to help deliver the tournament in the Gulf nation.

The firm will work with the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee to ensure all World Cup-related projects -- including the 12 stadiums, the new Doha International Airport and a metro network -- are built on time. The firm will stay on through 2024 to ensure all World Cup-related work is completed.

Organizers did not release any details on the value of the contract.

Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup in December 2010, beating out the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea. It was a surprise choice considering the summer heat exceeds 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in the desert country.