Qatar World Cup Inauguration

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Thousands of soccer fans gathered at the Al Bayt Stadium in Doha on Sunday to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup inauguration. It was the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East. Despite Qatar’s reputation for human rights abuses, it had a number of prominent dignitaries attend.

The Qatari Emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, sat between FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He spoke in Arabic from a luxury suite. He held up the official World Cup shirt. He said: “Good luck to all.” He also spoke on a video screen inside the stadium.

The stadium was filled to capacity by 60,000 fans. Several former World Cup mascots also attended the ceremony. The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad, held the official World Cup shirt. He smiled broadly after the video montage sequence.

Other prominent dignitaries attending the opening ceremony were U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Senegal’s president Macky Sall, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, and the presidents of Algeria and Egypt. Middle Eastern leaders, such as Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, also attended.

During the ceremony, BTS’ Jungkook performed a song called “Dreamers”, which will be the official song of the World Cup. He was accompanied by local Qatari singer Fahad Al-Kubaisi. The singers will also perform at the official fan festival, which will take place on Friday before the opening match between the U.S. and Wales.

The ceremony was also attended by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Other prominent attendees included the presidents of Algeria, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. The ceremony also featured a reading of the Quran.

In addition to the opening ceremony, there will be two FIFA fan festivals that will take place on Friday and Saturday. In addition to performances by local Qatari singers Fahad Al-Kubaisi and Dana, the shows will also feature performances by international artists like Dua Lipa and Rod Stewart. There are reports that Diplo will also perform at the fan festivals.

The World Cup has been plagued with controversy from the beginning. There have been allegations of corruption and human rights abuses in Qatar, and the host country has faced mounting criticism for its treatment of migrant workers. In addition, the country has been under scrutiny for its treatment of the LGBTQ community. Despite these allegations, Qatar has made some positive steps toward inclusivity.

Some artists declined to attend the opening ceremony. British singer Dua Lipa and Colombian pop star Shakira were reported to be performing, but both have refused to confirm their attendance. Another artist, Jason Derulo, has confirmed his attendance and will be charging 300,000 euros for a private concert.

Other artists, including US rapper Lil Baby, are rumoured to be making a cameo at the stadium. There are also reports that Black Eyed Peas will make an appearance. The stadium will have a capacity of 60,000.

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