The 2022 football world cup is going to be held in Qatar. This will be the first edition of the event to be happening in Middle East and Arab region. It’s preparations are going at so rapid pace that infrastructure planned for the event has reached 90% completion.
The board of the FIFA WORLD Cup Qatar held a virtual meeting to review the key achievements and milestones within the ongoing preparation of the event. This virtual meeting was held three days before the inauguration of Al Rayyan stadium, which will host the Amir Cup final on Qatar National Day.
H.E. Q22 Chairman and Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) Hassan Al Thawadi said: “Despite the enormous challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, during 2020 in preparation for the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world.”
“At the start of the year, we marked 1,000 days to go until kick-off, followed swift by the digital launch of Education City Stadium in November and now we are gearing up for the inauguration of the fourth tournament-ready stadium, Al Rayyan Venue,” H.E. Al Thawadi said.
He added “Qatar has also played a major role in hosting top-level football in Asia during the pandemic. Our country stepped in to successfully host matches for the AFC Champions League and is looking forward to staging the final of that competition on 19 December.”
Al khater continued: “We are also pleased to be welcoming fans for the Al Rayyan Venue inauguration on 18 December. The stadium will reach 50% capacity following the implementation of strict health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We see this as a really positive end to what has been a challenging year for everyone.”
Collin Smith, Managing Director of Q22, said: “Qatar’s strong and continued commitments has been key to making steady progress and ensuring that with two years to go the FIFA World Cup project is well on track to being a resounding success.”
“2021 will be a key year on the journey to Qatar 2022 as we look forward to two exciting tournaments, the FIFA Club World Cup and the FIFA Arab Cup, which will enable us to test infrastructure and operational aspects of hosting major football competition,” he said.
Khalifa International, Al Janoub and Education City have also been successfully launched after the inauguration of Al Rayyan Venue. Al Bayt will be also inaugurated very soon as it has been completed too. Al Thumama, Ras Abu Aboud and Lusail will be completed soon and delivered well before the tournament, which will start on 21 November 2022.