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12/02/2010 03:47 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Qatar World Cup 2022: Interesting Facts About The Winning Bidder (PHOTOS)

Qatar's winning bid for the 2022 World Cup has been hailed as "a football miracle" by the BBC.

Not only will Qatar be the smallest nation to ever host the soccer championships, but it's also the first Arabic nation to do so. Though the choice certainly breaks fresh ground, not everyone is thrilled with FIFA's decision. In addition to environmental concerns about Qatar's soccer stadiums, many have drawn attention to the nation's strict drinking laws, conservative stance on women and soaringly hot summer climate. And let's not forget a less-than-stellar soccer pedigree.

But how much do we really know about Qatar? Take a look at some interesting facts about the host of the 2022 World Cup, and vote on the most surprising here:

Qatar World Cup 2022: Facts About The Winning Bidder