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Qatar in new quagmire as an unlikely natural resource runs out Qatar has built up significant stockpiles of sand and other construction materials but, it is unclear how much sand Qatar has. The precious commodity is vital to construction and Qatar's push to build the infrastructure it needs to host the FIFA World Cup will require large sand imports.
Oil was the strategic commodity in the 20th century and in many regions of the world water resources are increasingly the center of geopolitical competition.
However, the Qatar crisis has put sand back in the forefront.
Among the Quartet are Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — all of which were significant exporters of sand to the country as recently as last year.
Qatar is now drawing on its massive stockpiles and opening up new import relationships. However, most of the cost in sand production is in transportation. The global economy has seen local shortages as a result of increased urbanization, especially in Asia where the crisis has been acutely felt.
Some regions of India have banned sand-mining in recent months. Sand is found in a wide range of products, from the glass screen in a smartphone to the fracking solution used in an oil well.
But it's most common use, by far, is in construction where it is mixed with concrete. Like much of the Arabian Peninsula, Qatar is home to fields of scenic dunes. However, that desert sand is often too powdery to be used in construction, which relies on coarse riverbed sand.
As Qatar shifts to purchasing sand from farther afield, construction costs will also rise. Qatar is home to fields of scenic dunes.
Shutterstock A source in Qatari construction industry who spoke on condition of anonymity said that many builders are anxious for the crisis to end and resume regular supply from the UAE.
Current supply arrangement have added to construction costs. Qatar has built up significant stockpiles of sand and other construction materials but, it is unclear how much sand Qatar has.
The tournament organizers will have allowed for some delays when devising the original schedule, but a serious crisis could jeopardize even those contingencies.
Sand stockpiles Qatar is well-aware of the sand crisis as state-owned media reported on it this year. Qatar has already cancelled some proposed ideas in recent years like a bridge between Qatar and Bahrain which seems politically unlikely given the current crisis.
Other commissioned stadium projects plan to use less construction materials.
However, the World Cup infrastructure program has rapidly changed the country's position regarding the valuable resource. According to one report, the country has enough stockpiles to last a year while other sources suggest Qatar may be developing new sand import deals with Oman.
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