A Mexican centre in Qatar will function an extension of the embassy, offering data and consular help, amongst different providers, to Mexican soccer followers through the FIFA World Cup 2022 within the nation, Mexican Ministry of International Affairs (MoFA) Technique and Public Diplomacy Unit government director Alfonso Zegbe has mentioned.
“Due to the superb relations between Mexico and Qatar, we might be working a Mexican Centre at Katara – Cultural Village, from November 15 to December 21, as a result of giant variety of Mexican followers anticipated in Qatar for the World Cup, ” he informed Gulf Occasions on the sidelines of his go to to Qatar on Monday.
Mexico’s MoFA estimates that the variety of Mexican soccer followers who might be travelling to Qatar might exceed 80,000, which “would be the largest presence of Mexicans in a Center Jap nation in historical past”.
Such technique consists of two levels: a preventive marketing campaign earlier than the journey and the opening of the centre in Qatar with a multidisciplinary workforce drawn from MoFA, the Nationwide Guard, and different federal businesses.
Zegbe, who can also be the co-ordinator normal of Mexico’s Technique for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, mentioned the Authorities of Mexico has been delivering messages to Mexican followers by way of social media platforms.
He added that Minister of International Affairs Marcelo Ebrard additionally introduced preventive measures on “what you are able to do, what you can’t do, but additionally how necessary it’s to be taught in regards to the cultural context in Qatar.”
“We wish individuals to be nicely knowledgeable and ready but additionally what necessities they should come to Qatar reminiscent of in regards to the Hayya card, their medical protection, resort bookings, and the Ehteraz app, amongst others.
“What the Mexican authorities is doing by way of the MoFA is informing those who there’s a journey information the place we replace all of the details about Qatar and different international locations for Mexicans, what they want, what’s occurring there… and there may be additionally a system for Mexicans to register once they go overseas for defense measures,” Zegbe mentioned, including that an internet platform referred to as “My Consulate” can be utilized in looking for for help.
He famous that the Mexican soccer workforce might be arriving two to a few days earlier than the beginning of the match, and might be enjoying on November 21 in opposition to Poland; November 26 in opposition to Argentina; and November 30 in opposition to Saudi Arabia.
About how particular is the match for Mexico and its individuals, Zegbe mentioned the World Cup in Qatar is necessary because it already broke prejudices, organising it for the primary time within the Center East – in a rustic of Arab tradition and Islamic custom.
“The legacy of Qatar is essential for us, it’s a studying course of, we’re studying quite a bit as a result of it’s a unique world from the place when Mexico was organising the World Cup in 1970 and 1986,” he mentioned, highlighting the significance of holding individuals protected through the match.
Zegbe famous that it is going to be the primary time a rustic like Mexico to host three World Cups: 1970, 1986 and in 2026 (along with the US and Canada).
“It’s historic as a result of Mexico might be by then the one nation to organise a World Cup thrice. Additionally, traditionally, this would be the first time that three international locations collectively will organise the match and it will present how we work collectively as North American international locations not only for commerce and worth chains and likewise for tourism and worldwide occasions. That is a part of the North American spirit,” he added.
Zegbe, who has been visiting Qatar for the final 5 years, lauded the nation’s World Cup preparations, saying he was impressed by the transportation system, infrastructure and new buildings, and stadiums.