Vehicles are seen in a traffic jam in front of government buildings next to skyscrapers in Doha, Qatar December 21, 2021

Qatar has ordered most government employees to work from home during next month’s soccer World Cup while schools will have reduced hours two weeks before the tournament before shutting as the country prepares for a big influx of visitors.

Qatar is the first Middle East country to stage the World Cup that kicks off on November 20 with the final set for December 18.

It hopes the tournament will attract roughly 1.2 million visitors or almost half of the conservative country’s population, posing a logistical and policing challenge.

For this reason, the government said late on Wednesday that 80% of its workforce would be working from home between November 1 and December 19.

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