FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced that football's governing body will begin a consultation process looking at the impact of moving the tournament to the winter.
Blatter told a news conference in Zurich:
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be played in Qatar. There you have it. We have decided we are going to carry out consultations. These will include all the participants in the World Cup and stakeholders including players, clubs, leagues, national associations confederations and FIFA.
There are also economic partners involved be they from marketing, the media and television and we need to bear in mind our obligations to these partners.
We need to carry out very deep consultations and investigations and show some diplomacy and wisdom.
More top news
Tara Christmas's kitten Elsa was put on a drip when she collapsed last Christmas after eating the leaves of the festive plant.
Morgues in the area are struggling to cope with the rising death toll after the roof fell in on worshippers during a service.
Russian air strikes have forced Islamic State to retreat to the outskirts of the ancient city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.