With the first game kicking off on Sunday, here's a round up of what you should know.
As much as FIFA have tried to dodge concerns, negativity has dogged the build up to the World Cup, and for good reason. The shadiness goes back to 2015 when a criminal conspiracy was exposed which found that FIFA officials were being bribed into securing Qatar as host country. But the construction work had begun, so plans went ahead regardless.
A shocking 6,500 migrant workers have died in working conditions likened to modern day slavery. Workers were unable to leave the country without an exist visa from their employer. And yet another major human rights concern is at play here.
Homosexuality is illegal and punishable by imprisonment, and shocking methods are reported to be used by officials to entrap queer and trans citizens.