The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC Board of Directors met on December 15, 2020, three days before the inauguration of the Al Rayan Stadium, which will host FIFA’s flagship competition as well as the FIFA Cup final. emir, scheduled for Qatar’s national holiday.
Organized by videoconference due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting focused on the many advances made in the preparation for the World Cup, but also on the next steps, such as the inauguration of stadiums and the organization in February 2021 for the FIFA Club World Cup and next December for the FIFA Arab Cup.
HE Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Surrender and Inheritance, said: “Despite all the difficulties associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, we have managed to achieve great things this year in view of the first FIFA World Cup ™ hosted in the Middle East and the Arab World. “
“We first celebrated the D-1000 at the start of the year before the competition kicked off, before continuing with the virtual inauguration of the Cité de l’Education stadium. Last November, the milestone of the two years that separate us from the competition, we are about to inaugurate the Al Rayan stadium, which is the fourth that we are setting up for the tournament. “
“The pandemic has not stopped Qatar from hosting major football competitions on the Asian continent. For example, we have volunteered to host matches of the AFC Champions League, the final of which will be held in our country on December 19. “
Colin Smith, Managing Director of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC, said: “Qatar’s unwavering commitment has been instrumental in the steady progress of preparations for the FIFA World Cup, so that the project is now on the right track. “
“The year 2021 will nevertheless be a pivotal period for the country, with the organization of two major competitions – the FIFA Club World Cup and the FIFA Arab Cup – which will allow us to test the infrastructural and operational aspects. ahead of FIFA’s flagship competition. “
The inauguration of the Al Rayan stadium is the latest in a series that includes that of the Khalifa International stadium, the Al Janoub stadium and the stadium of the City of education. The recently completed Al Beyt stadium will soon be inaugurated. Finally, the Al Themama, Ras Abou Aboud and Lusail stadiums are being finalized and should be delivered well in advance of the kickoff of the tournament, which will take place on November 21, 2022.