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Episode 26 | Fan experiences at the Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 | January 2023

Ep. 26
In this episode, GU-Q professor Danyel Reiche speaks to members of the Georgetown University in Qatar community, including faculty, staff, and students, about their experiences attending live matches at the Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022. Taking part in this episode were GU-Q students Ahmad Al-Kuwari (class of 2023) and Suhaim Al-Thani (class of 2024); Santiago Garcia-Couto (GU-Q Assistant Professor of Economics); Sarah Holt (Student Wellness and Counseling Center program manager); and Robert Laws (Data, Web, and Media Services Librarian).

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