In the presence of His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, alongside with an enthusiastic bodily distanced crowd, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium hosted the forty eighth Amir Cup closing on Qatar National Day to turn into the fourth absolutely operational FIFA World Cup 2022™ match venue to be inaugurated. Today’s inauguration came about precisely two years forward of Qatar’s 2022 closing.
The stadium – which can turn into the new residence of Al Rayyan Sports Club – follows Khalifa International, Al Janoub and Education City in being declared prepared to welcome the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East and the Arab world. The 40,000-capability venue will host seven matches throughout Qatar 2022 up to the spherical-of-16 stage.
Following a spectacular pre-match ceremony that includes music, cultural performances and gorgeous visible results, alongside with a riddle recited by presenters Hamad bin Mohsen Al Naimi and Ali bin Rhema Al Marri, the closing between Al Sadd and Al Arabi kicked off.
Among the dignitaries in attendance was FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who praised the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) for the profitable completion of one other Qatar 2022 match venue.
“The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium is a wonderful football stadium,” stated Infantino. “The atmosphere is incredible, with the seats extremely close to the pitch. Even with a physically distanced crowd, I could feel the passion of the fans. I am sure this will be a perfect football arena in 2022 when it hosts matches during the World Cup.”
He continued: “I would like to congratulate Qatar and HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on the completion of this venue. The country is very well prepared for the next FIFA World Cup and on track to host a memorable instalment of the tournament – the first in the Middle East and the Arab world.”
Built on the web site of the Al Rayyan Sports Club’s former stadium, the venue is adjoining to the Mall of Qatar and inside strolling distance of Al Riffa station on the Doha Metro’s Green Line. The stadium’s most putting characteristic is a glowing façade, comprised of patterns that characterise totally different features of Qatar: the significance of household, the great thing about the desert, native natural world, and native and worldwide commerce. A fifth form – a protect – brings collectively all the others, representing the energy and unity which might be significantly related to the desert metropolis of Al Rayyan.
HE Hassan Al Thawadi, the Secretary General of the SC, stated: “The inauguration of Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on Qatar National Day is one other vital milestone on the highway to 2022 and a triumph that’s testomony to the efforts of everybody concerned in placing on such a profitable occasion throughout a world pandemic. The stadium and surrounding precinct are certain to be a supply of delight for Al Rayyan Sports Club and everybody who lives on this historic metropolis.
“Looking ahead to 2021, we look forward to unveiling more stadiums in the new year, as we ensure that all tournament venues are delivered well in advance of the big kick-off in 2022,” added Al Thawadi.
Nasser Al Khater, the Chief Executive Officer of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC, stated: “Tonight was an immensely proud occasion for Qatar and the people of Al Rayyan. It was also another opportunity to test our readiness for Qatar 2022, with thousands of fans enjoying the spectacle, despite the challenges caused by the ongoing pandemic. We look forward to developing the Qatar 2022 fan experience further next year when we host more major tournaments, including the FIFA Club World Cup and FIFA Arab Cup – events that are sure to excite football lovers in Qatar, across the region and around the world.”
The match was attended by a number of different well-known footballing faces, in addition to AFC President HE Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, CONMEBOL President Alejandro Domínguez and UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin.