The opening of the Arab Cup in Qatar today

In imitation of what will be the start of the 2022 World Cup in Doha, today, Tuesday, from the Al Bayt Stadium, the second largest stadium in Qatar, the opening whistle of the tenth edition of the Arab Football Cup between landowner of the Qatar and neighboring Bahrain. The match opening official is preceded by two clashes between Tunisia and Mauritania, Iraq and Oman, followed by a match between Syria and the United Arab Emirates, who had already met in the Asian qualifiers for the World Cup.

The Arab Cup returns in its new guise after a nine-year absence, with sixteen teams from Qatar hosting six of the eight World Cup stadiums.

For the first time, the Arab Cup will be held under the auspices of the International Federation (FIFA), in finals that will serve as a mini-rehearsal for the World Cup, which will be hosted by the small gas-rich Gulf state at the end of 2022 for the first time in Middle East and the Arab world.

In addition to Al-Bayt, matches will be held in Ahmed Bin Ali, Al Janoub, Al Thumama, Education City and 974 stadiums, up to the final in program on December 18th, in coinciding with Qatar National State Day at the same stadium.

Qatar organizers have adopted the “Haya” fan card, based on the fan card system adopted at the World Cup in Russia 2018.

Therefore, the smart card Haya has become mandatory to attend matches and the applicant must be fully vaccinated to obtain it and allows its holder to access stadiums and benefit from a range of services and benefits related to free transport.

At the Al Bayt Stadium, built in the style of the Arabian tent, the opening ceremony will be held on Tuesday, which will include musical performances by famous artists, fireworks, as well as a paragraph that traces the history of the Arab region and tells the deeds of the Arabs, their unity and solidarity. It is learned that invitations have been sent to Arab kings, princes and presidents to attend the opening ceremony, as well as the Swiss FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, who was recently widely present in Doha. The opening match will be between Qatar and Bahrain, and today will also face Iraq with Oman, Syria with the Emirates and Tunisia with Mauritania.

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