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FIFA President Gianni Infantino met competition coordinators at Al Bayt Stadium

President Infantino played in seven-a-side match at the 60,000- limit setting

Al Bayt will have the initial match in 2022

FIFA President Gianni Infantino portrayed arrangements for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ as “impressive” during a whistle-stop visit through the nation this week.

President Infantino met with competition coordinators and participated in a seven-a-side match at Al Bayt Stadium, a 60,000- limit setting denews24nationed to look like a customary Arab tent. The striking field will be introduced in the coming months and has been affirmed as the scene for the initial round of the competition.

“It is an absolute pleasure to play football at this amazing stadium, where on 21 November 2022, we will kick off the greatest FIFA World Cup ever,” said President Infantino.

“Al Bayt Stadium is incredible: a true football stadium. It has a real football feel and a local touch. The tented shape makes it truly unique, and the Arabic patterns in the roof are just beautiful. I am speechless.”

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Arrangements for Qatar 2022 have proceeded notwithstanding the pandemic after the execution of severe wellbeing and security conventions to shield laborers from COVID-19. Khalifa International, Al Janoub and Education City arenas have all been introduced and are completely operational, with three others – Al Bayt, Al Rayyan and Al Thumama – in the last phases of development. Each of the eight scenes will be finished well ahead of time of the competition. 

“I am very pleased with Qatar’s progress ahead of the tournament. We have seen the plans, but when you see the reality, it is even more impressive. Qatar has been able to continue to advance during the last six months while the world stood still – from infrastructure preparations to important developments such as the recent labour reforms announced by the government. If I was confident before, now I can say I am even more,” included President Infantino.

“In 2022, everything will be close by and fans from all nationalities will have the opportunity to gather in the same public areas and enjoy Qatar’s mild temperatures at this time of the year. It’s a World Cup like no other was or ever will be.”

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H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, repeated President Infantino's remarks and said he was glad for the establishments laid by the nation ahead of the pack up to the competition. 

“We are monstrously glad to have the Arab world and Middle East’s first FIFA World Cup in 2022.

“With that pride comes a sense of responsibility, and that factor has been enhanced since the world has had to come to terms with COVID-19. We are optimistic that by kick-off in November 2022, we’ll be ready to welcome fans from every continent here in Qatar to celebrate together, united by their shared passion for football.”

Al Thawadi included: “It was a pleasure to welcome President Infantino to Al Bayt Stadium today. Al Bayt is particularly meaningful to us as it represents the town of Al Khor as well as the culture and history of Qatar through its special denews24nation. We’re all looking forward to the first ball of the FIFA World Cup 2022 being kicked in this stadium two years from now.”

Nasser Al Khater, CEO of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC, said Qatar was fit as a fiddle and anticipating inviting fans from everywhere the world in barely two years’ time.

“When it comes to World Cup infrastructure, we’re in a great position, with construction nearing 90 per cent completion across all projects,” said Al Khater. “At this point on the road to 2022, our focus is now shifting from delivering infrastructure to refining and optimising the detailed operational planning and fan experience for the tournament. We are also now news24nationificantly stepping up our promotion of the tournament to ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to attend and enjoy this unique World Cup.”