Two years from now and between the outskirts of the “Al Bayt” stadium, specifically on November 21, 2022, the first whistle of the Qatar World Cup, the first of its kind in the Middle East and the Arab world, will sound.
With the acceleration of the countdown to the World Cup, preparations are increasing in Qatar to provide an exceptional experience, allowing football fans from different countries of the world to enjoy the magic of the Middle East and learn about its distinctive culture.
The infrastructure for the tournament was 90% complete, as 3 of the 8 stadiums were declared ready, and the main works on two other stadiums were completed, with all stadiums to be completed more than a year before the start of the tournament, which allows testing of their readiness before the global event in sufficient time.
The three stadiums declared ready – “Khalifa International”, “South” and “Education City” – have hosted more than 100 matches this year, in light of strict precautionary measures imposed by the challenges of the Corona pandemic, which stimulated the minds of the organizers to resort to innovative alternatives to encourage Spherical activity to return.
The infrastructure development and construction works implemented by the State of Qatar to serve the championship are also proceeding according to the plans, as the modern Doha Metro is now operating at full capacity, and the country is about to complete the local and express roads, and the expansion work of Hamad International Airport is proceeding according to the specified schedule, where it is expected to meet The needs of more than 50 million passengers annually by 2022.
In this context, FIFA President Gianni Infantino described this year as “full of challenges for the whole world, and for football without exception.”
Infantino said, “At a time when we are two years before the start of the World Cup, I personally thank His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for hosting this tournament, which I trust will not be erased from memory and will leave a lasting legacy that extends beyond 2022.”
Infantino praised the labor reforms recently announced by the Qatari government, and said, “Qatar has made progress in building stadiums, while ensuring that strict measures are implemented to protect workers’ health, and the AFC Champions League matches that are held in Qatar show their flexibility and ability to perform under conditions. Difficult”.
“During my short visit to Doha a few weeks ago, I witnessed firsthand the wonderful progress in preparations, and I look forward with confidence to the tournament, in light of the positive transformation it has brought about at the local and regional levels, as well as the unique experience that the tournament will provide for fans from different countries to see the best version. From the World Cup at all. “
For his part, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Projects and Legacy, Hassan Al-Thawadi, expressed his pride in the progress made by Qatar over the past ten years, and said, “The tournament projects and infrastructure have recorded remarkable development, and work is progressing as planned, so we can witness together – and well before the World Cup whistle blows. K- Announcing the readiness of all championship stadiums.
It is expected that the Qatar World Cup will be the most convergent tournament in the modern era, as the longest distance between one stadium and another does not exceed 75 km, while the shortest is 5 km, which provides many advantages for players, including increasing rest periods, training, limiting movement, and avoiding the trouble of flying. In addition to the possibility of watching more than one match per day in the group stage, in light of the tournament schedule, which is full of 4 matches per day.
Last July, the date for the opening match of the World Cup was announced at Al Bayt Stadium, which has a capacity of 60,000 spectators, while the final match will be held at Lusail Stadium, which can accommodate 80,000 spectators, on December 18, 2022, which coincides with National Day. For the State of Qatar.