The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup.This will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Arab world and the first in a Muslim-majority country, namely, Qatar. The tournament will also not be held as customary, during May, June or July, but rather November and December. It will be the last to involve 32 teams, with an increase to 48 teams scheduled for the 2026 tournament.
So, let us introduce Qatar, as well as all you need to know about the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
- Population: 2.7 million
- Capital city: Doha
- Official language: Arabic (English is widely used)
- Currency: Qatari riyal
- Before the discovery of oil in 1940, Qatar’s economy focused on fishing and pearl hunting
- Qatar has the third highest natural gas reserves in the world
- Home of Al Jazeera Media Network, Qatar Airways and Aspire Academy
- Qatar Sports Investments owns Paris Saint-Germain Football Club
Qatar 2022 – Key Facts
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will kick off on 21 November 2022. Here are some key facts about the tournament. Should you require further information, visit the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy here
21 November 2022 – 18 December 2022
The tournament will take place over 28 days, with the final being held on 18 December 2022, which is Qatar National Day.
Khalifa International Stadium was inaugurated following an extensive redevelopment on 19 May 2017.
Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah City was inaugurated on 16 May 2019 when it hosted the Amir Cup final. Al Janoub Stadium is the first Qatar 2022 venue to be built from scratch.
Six other stadiums are currently under construction. Main works on all stadiums will be completed two years before the tournament kicks off.
The longest distance between stadiums will be just 55km (Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City to Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah City). The shortest distance will be 5km (Al Rayyan Stadium to Education City Stadium).
Fans will be able to attend more than one match a day during the group stage.
Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will be the first fully demountable tournament venue in FIFA World Cup™ history. It will be built out of shipping containers and other modular building blocks that will be repurposed post-tournament into smaller sports and non-sports venues.
The 80,000-capacity Lusail Stadium will host the opening match and final in 2022.
The total budget for the stadiums and training sites Qatar is constructing.
18°C to 24°C
The average temperature expected during the tournament – meaning perfect conditions for players and fans.
Fans will have a variety of accommodation options that suit every budget, including hotels, apartments, desert camps and cruise ships.Thanks to the compact nature of the tournament, fans, players and officials will only need to stay in one place throughout the tournament.
Fans will arrive at the newly-built Hamad International Airport, which will have an annual capacity of 50,000,000 by 2022. Getting around will be easy thanks to public transport, notably the new metro system.
Nationals from a total of 80 countries can take advantage of visa-free entry into Qatar, including Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Japan, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Expecting approximately 1.5 million fans to visit Qatar during the tournament.
Hamad International Airport is a major transport hub and a vital link between the Americas, Europe and Asia. The extensive Qatar Airways network means passengers can fly directly to more than 150 destinations.
Getting to Doha
More than 3 billion fans across Asia and Europe will benefit from prime time viewing during the tournament thanks to convenient kick-off times.
Qatar benefits from one of the lowest crime rates in the world and is consistently ranked as the safest country in the region. Qatar is working with international experts such as INTERPOL, the Council of Europe, the UK Home Office, French Gendarmerie and other partners to ensure the safety and security of visitors in 2022.
Football in Qatar
Qatar are the reigning champions of Asia after winning the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Qatar beat 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers Saudi Arabia, the Korea Republic and Japan on route to winning the tournament in the United Arab Emirates.
Other honours for the national team include the gold medal at the 2006 Asian Games, three Arabian Gulf Cup titles and one West Asian Football Federation championship.
Qatar also took part in the 2019 Copa America in Brazil, and will take part in the 2020 edition that will be held in Argentina and Colombia.
Qatar finished as runners-up in the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship and reached the quarter-finals of the Olympic Games in 1992. More recently, Qatar finished third at the 2018 U23 AFC Asian Cup and won the 2014 U19 AFC Asian Cup. Qatar also qualified for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland. The 12-team Qatar Stars League is the top professional league in Qatar. Famous players who played for the league include World Cup winner Xavi Hernandez, former Barcelona star Samuel Eto’o and Dutch legend Wesley Sneijder.
Qatari side Al Sadd has won the AFC Champions League twice, in 1989 and 2011.
Sun, beach and water
Fans will enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere in 2022, along with plenty of activities. From sunbathing at one of Qatar’s many beaches, to dune bashing and watersports, visitors will have plenty to do away from the football.
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