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FIFA World Cup 2022 – News – Two years to go: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 countdown draws closer

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Al Bayt Stadium, Qatar - FIFA.com

  • FIFA and host nation Qatar will have fun the milestone on Saturday, 21 November
  • Compact and trendy, the match is about to supply followers distinctive experiences
  • Infrastructure initiatives stay on monitor, whereas three finalised stadiums have continued to bear operational assessments

Saturday, 21 November, marks precisely two years till the subsequent and groundbreaking version of the FIFA World Cup™. The compact nature, trendy panorama and engaging tradition provided by the primary version of the occasion to be held within the Middle East and Arab world will assure a novel expertise in 2022. Among the various distinctive options, travelling followers could have the chance to probably attend a couple of match a day through the group stage, which can characteristic an thrilling schedule with 4 each day fixtures, as introduced earlier this 12 months.

Infrastructure deliberate for the occasion has reached 90% completion, with the three stadiums which have already been finalised – Khalifa International, Al Janoub and Education City – safely internet hosting greater than 100 matches in 2020 regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three extra match venues are within the last phases of building: Al Rayyan, Al Bayt and Al Thumama. The principal works on the remaining two stadiums – Ras Abu Aboud and Lusail – are set to be accomplished in 2021.

Countrywide infrastructure can be being delivered at a fast tempo, together with the state-of-the-artwork Doha Metro – which was efficiently utilised by followers through the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™ – new roads and the enlargement of Hamad International Airport, which is deliberate to cater for greater than 50 million guests a 12 months by 2022.

“2020 has surely been a challenging year for the entire world, and football was no exception. Despite the difficulties, steady progress was made in the last few months, showing yet again Qatar’s strong and continued commitment – under the leadership of the Amir, whom I personally thank – to hosting an unforgettable FIFA World Cup in two years’ time, which will no doubt build a legacy long beyond 2022,” stated FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

“Besides the very important labour reforms recently announced by the government, progress has also been made on stadium construction, along with the implementation of strict measures to protect workers’ health. During my short visit to Doha a few weeks ago, I witnessed first-hand how well preparations have advanced, and I am looking forward with confidence to Qatar 2022, for the transformative impact it is already having on the country and the region, for the unique experience it will provide fans from all over the world and, of course, for witnessing the best World Cup ever.”

HE Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, added: “We are immensely proud of the progress we have made over the last ten years. Both tournament and national infrastructure projects are well advanced, with everything on track to be completed well ahead of the big kick-off. Our legacy projects, meanwhile, are already having an impact on people’s lives in areas such as workers’ rights, education and entrepreneurship.”

“This is an incredibly important FIFA World Cup – for Qatar, the region and the world. Qatar 2022 will introduce billions of people to the Middle East and Arab world for the first time, and help to foster a greater understanding and break down stereotypes that people may have of our country and region. We’re very excited to welcome the world in 2022.”

Qatar will host probably the most compact model of the FIFA World Cup in trendy occasions. All the stadiums are in shut proximity to each other and will probably be linked by an extremely-trendy transport infrastructure, that means brief journey occasions for followers, gamers and media. Visitors will probably be ready to keep in a single location all through the match and won’t be required to take any inside flights. The longest distance between stadiums is 75km (Al Bayt to Al Janoub), whereas the shortest is simply 5km (Education City to Al Rayyan).

In July, it was confirmed that the opening match would happen on the beautiful Al Bayt Stadium, a 60,000 capability venue designed to resemble a standard tent used within the Arab world. The last will probably be staged on the 80,000-capability Lusail Stadium on 18 December 2022 – Qatar National Day, which is a public vacation.

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