With only 200 days to go until the big kick-off, Qatar is ready to host a landmark edition of the FIFA World Cup™. This year’s tournament will be the 22nd edition of international football’s showpiece event – and the first to take place in the Middle East and Arab world.

From 21 November to 18 December, Qatar will host the most compact edition of the FIFA World Cup™ in modern history. All eight stadiums are within one hour’s drive of central Doha, meaning fans and players will always be in the thick of the action. And uniquely in modern times, fans will have the chance to attend more than one match a day in the early stages of the tournament.

New Legacy

Qatar 2022 will also set a new benchmark in terms of legacy. A host of dedicated sustainability projects – including social, economic and environmental – mean Qatar 2022 will positively impact lives across the Middle East, the Arab world and even globally for decades to come.

Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) Secretary General, HE Hassan Al Thawadi, has dedicated the last 13 years to the tournament and cannot wait to welcome the world to Qatar later this year.

It’s going to be incredible and a landmark moment in the history of Qatar and our region.

For decades, hosting the World Cup was a distant dream – but now it is a reality and only 200 days away. Al Thawadi said that all their hard work is coming to fruition and they stand ready to host an outstanding edition of the FIFA World Cup – one that will leave an important legacy for Qatar, the Middle East and the world.

According to SC Director General Engineer Yasir Al Jamal, tournament organisers were busy fine-tuning their plans ahead of the big kick-off. He shared how they have learned so much from recent tournaments, including the FIFA Club World Cup and FIFA Arab Cup, which were successfully held in Qatar last year.

We will continue to collaborate closely with our national stakeholders to ensure our country hosts an unforgettable FIFA World Cup for both residents and the many visitors we are expecting. We are excited to welcome the world in November and December, and introduce everyone to our culture and hospitality.

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC CEO Nasser Al Khater said that fans and players should expect a warm welcome when they arrive in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup. He said that the compact nature of the tournament means everything will be close by – whether it’s a stadium, training site or tourist attraction.

While fans immerse themselves in the action, Al Khater said that players will be able to focus on football as there is no requirement for travel between matches.

It’s going to be a World Cup to remember for everyone who makes it to Qatar – as well as the billions glued to their TV and smartphones.

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