The 24th edition of the Arabian Gulf Cup, held in Qatar’s capital Doha in late 2019, will be held without teams from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
The three countries announced they will not be taking part; as they are boycotting the host country, Qatar, since June 5, 2017.
Qatar is also preparing to host the World Cup in 2022. To this end, it has built two international stadiums, Khalifa International and South Stadium. The Gulf Championship will be a preliminary test of Qatar’s ability to bear the burden of hosting a major event.