Analysis-Qatar scores as World Cup host but may not net long-term goals

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By Andrew Mills DOHA (Reuters) – Tucked behind Doha’s $300-million Lusail Boulevard, where construction workers are toiling to transform desert into a Champs-Elysees-inspired commercial thoroughfare before the 2022 soccer World Cup, sits a sole convenience store. With the main stadium, four skyscrapers and apartments designed for some 200,000 people all in Lusail, its manager Younes waits somewhat anxiously behind his till, anticipating a rush of trade when the event finally kicks off in November. Gas-rich Qatar, in an attempt to emulate the dramatic transformation of Gulf rivals Dubai and Abu…

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