There are only 500 days to go until Qatar hosts the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world.
The 22nd edition of the tournament will kick off on 21 November 2022, when Qatar the reigning champions of Asia take their FIFA World Cup bow at the tournament’s first match at the stunning 60,000-seat Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor City.
Qatar will host the most compact version of the tournament in modern history. All eight stadiums are within 50km of central Doha, while fans, players and officials will be able to stay in one accommodation throughout the event, which will conclude with the final at the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium on 18 December 2022 which is also Qatar National Day.
According to the CEO of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC, Nasser Al Khater, it promises to be a festival of football like no other – with everyone always in the thick of the action and never far from a stadium, fan zone or tourist attraction. Nasser Al Khater, spoke of his country’s pride at hosting the biggest single-sport event in the world.
“Five-hundred days to go means we’re getting very close,” said Al Khater. “It’s been ten years in the making and this will be the biggest event that’s ever happened in the Middle East. It will bring the region together and be a moment of pride in the history of the world. As we move closer to the tournament, we are sure the excitement is going to build even further.”