West Bay Avenue DohaDoha was chosen as host city for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships on Tuesday, Nov. 18th, confirming its emergence as a global sporting hub. Doha will be the the first city in the Middle East to stage the world athletic championships.

Qatar bet for the 2017 championships but was eliminated in favour of London. For 2029 however, the Qatari capital was selected against Barcelona and the American city of Eugene. This victory will boost Qatar’s reputation as the country faces controversy surrounding world soccer governing body FIFA’s decision to organize the 2022 World Cup in Doha.

The 17th World Championships will take place at the newly-modernised Khalifa Stadium in Doha but in early October, later than usual, to spare competitors from the desert heat.