The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC (Q22) Board of Directors met on Thursday 11 February on the sidelines of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 ™ final between Bayern Munich and Tigers UANL at the Stade de la Cité de l’Education.
This meeting, held by videoconference due to the pandemic, provided an opportunity to discuss the main achievements as well as upcoming events and milestones, including the inauguration of the last four stadiums and the staging of the planned FIFA ™ Arab Cup. in Qatar from December 1st to 18th.
HE Hassan Al Thawadi, Chairman of Q22 and Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Surrender and Inheritance, said: “I took great pleasure in chatting with my colleagues during the Club World Cup, a new competition organized in Qatar during the pandemic. Despite the unprecedented challenges facing the planet today, we are proud of the progress made towards the first ever World Cup in the Middle East and around the world We look forward to taking further steps this year as we get closer to the kick-off of the biggest sporting event in the history of our region. “
“With less than two years before the World Cup, we are working hard to be able to offer an extraordinary experience for fans in 2022,” commented Nasser Al Khater, executive director of Q22. “We have seen an excellent Club World Cup this week. The competition once again tested our operational management, while ensuring the health and safety of everyone involved with our innovative concept of ‘ bubble to bubble ‘and to strict sanitary protocols. “
“The coming year promises to be exciting, culminating in the Arab Cup in December, which promises to be fantastic. It will unite the whole region and give the world a life-size glimpse of this. that Qatar will offer visitors, players and supporters in 2022. “
Colin Smith, general manager of Q22, said: “The Club World Cup is FIFA’s first competition since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. It came to validate the efforts undertaken by FIFA and local organizers to implement the highest standards despite the delicate circumstances. “
“As the November 2022 deadline approaches, the progress that Qatar continues to show despite all the difficulties encountered over the past year is quite remarkable. Preparations are on track and 2021 should again to be a flagship year in terms of developing reception capacities and testing infrastructures, notably with the inauguration of several stadiums and the organization of the Arab Cup. “
The top 16 Arab nations will take part in the very first Arab Cup next December, around the same time as the World Cup. The matches will also be held in the same stadiums and the final will take place on December 18, Qatar’s National Day, just one year before the Qatar 2022 final.