Reviewing Venue Management and Operations in Events from a Qatari Perspective

Ian Richards Abigail Lebeter Leeds Beckett University

This case study explores and reviews venue and operations management of sports events from a Qatari perspective. There has been a significant investment in the construction of sports arenas and multipurpose entertainment venues in Qatar in the last decade. This has been a result of the strategy of the Qatari Government to bid for and stage major sports events, culminating in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. This growth in the number of new multipurpose sport and entertainment arenas has created the need for training and development for the staff to manage and operate them. The case study starts with a review of the key academic and practitioner literature in venue and operations management. Next, the venue and operations management sector will be reviewed in Qatar and the MENA region. It concludes with an in-depth case study of the Ali Bin Hamad al-Attiyah Arena.