In the presence of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as well as an enthusiastic crowd despite physical distancing measures, the 48th Emir Cup final was played on Qatar’s National Day in the stadium. Ahmad Bin Ali, which on this occasion became the fourth fully operational arena inaugurated for the 2022 FIFA World Cup ™. The inauguration of this December 18 took place exactly two years before the Qatar 2022 final.
After the Khalifa International stadium, the Al Janoub stadium and the Cité de l’Education stadium, the new home of the Al-Rayyan Sports Club is therefore also officially ready to host the first FIFA ™ World Cup ever organized. in the Middle East and the Arab world. With its 40,000 seats, it will be the scene of seven matches (six group matches and a round of 16).
The final between Al-Sadd and Al-Arabi was disputed at the end of a spectacular ceremony, during which followed one another musical performances, cultural interludes and visual attractions, as well as an enigma recited by the presenters Hamad bin Mohsen Al Naimi and Ali bin Rhema Al Marri.
Among the personalities present was also Gianni Infantino, the President of FIFA, who congratulated the Supreme Council on the handover and the legacy of its efforts in the finalization of this new stadium ahead of Qatar 2022. “Ahmad Bin Ali is a magnificent stadium, “he commented on this occasion. “The atmosphere is incredible, with the seats extremely close to the pitch. Even with the physical distancing measures, I could feel the intensity with which the spectators were experiencing the game. I am sure this venue will be perfect for 2022 and world Cup.”
“I would like to congratulate Qatar on this new project that has been successfully completed,” continued President Infantino. “The country is very well prepared for the next World Cup, which is already shaping up to be an unforgettable edition – the first in the Middle East and the Arab world, and the second in Asia. “
Built on the site of the former Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium is adjacent to the Mall of Qatar and is only a short distance from Al Riffa Station, on the Doha Metro Green Line . The enclosure is particularly distinguished by its impressive facade, composed of motifs characterizing different aspects of Qatar: the importance of the family, the beauty of the desert, the local flora and fauna, as well as national and international trade. A fifth form – a shield – unites all the others, symbolizing the strength and unity so characteristic of the city of Al Rayan, located in the desert.
HE Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Surrender and Inheritance, said: “The inauguration of the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on Qatari National Day is another major milestone on the road to 2022, as well as ‘a great achievement testifying to the efforts of all those involved in the organization of such an event in the midst of a pandemic. The stadium and its surroundings will undoubtedly be a source of pride for Al-Rayyan Sports Club and all the inhabitants of this historic city . We will be opening other stadiums in 2021, in line with our desire to ensure that all competition venues are ready well before the big kickoff in 2022. “
Equally complimentary was Nasser Al Khater, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC Managing Director: “Tonight we had a moment that Qatar and the people of Al Rayan can be proud of. Also for us a new opportunity to test ourselves in view of Qatar 2022, with thousands of supporters present despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic. Next year, we will continue to develop the experience that will await fans for Qatar 2022 thanks to other major competitions, such as the FIFA Club World Cup and the FIFA Arab Cup – events that will undoubtedly delight football fans in Qatar, the region and the rest of the world.”
The match took place in the presence of several other personalities from the football community, as well as HE Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, President of AFC, Alejandro Domínguez, President of CONMEBOL, and Aleksander Čeferin, President of the ‘UEFA.