The US will spend $500 million to build and equip a football stadium in the United Arab Emirates, a new US budget document reveals.
The stadium, the first of its kind in the Middle East, will be the biggest stadium to be built in the world.
The US has already played three World Cups in the UAE, the most recent being the 2014 Confederations Cup in Russia.
The US government also intends to spend up to $1 billion on building the stadium, which will be used to host the 2022 World Cup.
“The US has been an ally in building stadiums around the world for over a century, and this is our third-largest investment in an international sporting venue,” said US State Department spokesman John Kirby.
“Our involvement with the UAE has been strategic and strategic, with many benefits for the United States, including jobs, economic development, tourism and regional stability.”
Kirby added that the US also intends “to support the construction of the UAE Stadium as part of a regional infrastructure plan”.
“The U.S. will work with other partners and partners around the region to help make the UAE the largest international sporting arena in the region,” he said.
The new stadium is part of an effort to make the United Kingdom, one of the US’s closest allies, the second largest in the Arab world.
The $1.6bn deal is a direct result of President Donald Trump’s decision to cut off all funding to the UAE.
Trump was reported to have told the US Treasury secretary that he would cut off US aid to the Gulf state if it did not join the US-led plan to establish a no-fly zone over Libya.
The UAE has since been given the go-ahead to establish the no-Fly Zone over the country, despite concerns about its human rights record.
The United States has not confirmed whether it will spend the money on the stadium.
The Trump administration said last month that it had not yet decided whether to spend the funds on the project.