KUALA LUMPUR: The Qatari government are spending US$2.8 billion (RM10.6 billion) to organise the 2006 Doha Asian Games from Dec 1-15.
From the allocated budget, US$1billion (RM3.7 billion) is being used to upgrade the Doha International Airport in order to facilitate an estimated arrival of 10,500 athletes from 45 Asian countries.
Director of protocol international relations of the Doha Asian Games organising committee, Abdulla Al-Mulla, in a press conference here yesterday said : Building and upgrading of all the Games facilities will be completed by December 2005. The Games Village is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2006.
Out of the 22 venues to be used for the Asian Games, 18 are new.
The first test of the facilities will be conducted in December this year when the facilities will be used for the Gulf football tournament involving six countries.
The main testing will be conducted in December next year when Qatar hosts the West Asian Games which will involve 11 to 13 countries.
After the Asian Games, the Qatar government will turn the Games Village into a children's hospital.