In 2010, FIFA accorded the privilege and pleasure to Qatar to host the prestigious FIFA World Cup. It is the first in the Middle East and in an Arab country. Worldwide 1/6 “follow ball”; which has a big impact on society and the economy.

FIFA has more member countries than the United Nations. This was met with refute from the football fraternity stating that it is too big an event for a small country. The Supreme Committee for 2022 had a Vision and a Mission; to create a lasting global legacy and a historic and amazing World Cup – to leave behind an intensive infrastructure that will change the face of Qatar, and to ignite a romance with the youth for the beautiful game. Qatar is now ready with 7 magnificent stadiums boasting mind blowing designs, keeping with the traditions and culture of the Arab World and Qatar.

For the comfort of players and spectators the temperatures in the stadiums will be 24/28 degrees centigrade inside, thanks to an innovative cooling technology. There is state of the art security and every fan will be scanned entering as well as seated.

The biggest show on earth will kick off on November 20, 2022 and the finals will be on December 18. It will be played over 4 weeks. 32 countries, 64 matches and 1 cup, the FIFA World Cup.

It will be a dream come through, a Vision realised and a mission accomplished when the host plays the opening game on Sunday 20, against Ecuador at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, in front of 80,000 fans.

There comes a time, which comes, but rarely, when a country is given the honour to present the FIFA World Cup. Generations of Qataris to come will scarcely believe that such a seismic soccer spectacle took place on their soil.

Ma Salama!