The opening ceremony of the 2021 Arab Cup football tournament, which will be hosted by Qatar from November 30 to December 18, was held at Al Bayt World Cup Stadium in the Qatari capital, Doha.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, announced the launch of the tenth edition of the tournament, which has been absent since 2012.
In his speech at the opening of the tournament, Sheikh Tamim said, “I congratulate all of you on the start of the tournament. I wish success to all. Welcome to the Arabs in Doha of the Arabs.”
As for the Swiss Gianni Infantino, president of the International Football Association “FIFA”, he explained in Arabic, “Qatar is the home of unity, Doha is the home of the Arab world today and tomorrow… Let’s play football and have fun together.”
The opening ceremony of the Arab Cup was very special, during which the organizers tried to bring together all Arab cultures, whether for the participating teams or those that were eliminated from the preliminary round.
The opening ceremony, which lasted for half an hour, was performed by a group of prominent Arab singers, in the presence of a large crowd at Al Bayt Stadium.
The ceremony featured musical performances and fireworks, as well as a segment reviewing the history of the Arab region, through the character of Juha, who is present in the folklore of many ancient cultures.
The ceremony witnessed a beautiful and unique artistic segment, in which the national anthems of all Arab countries were mixed, to emphasize the unity that unites Arabs in various fields.
The opening ceremony also witnessed the official announcement of the opening of the World Cup Stadium, through the match between the Qatari and Bahraini teams in the first round of the first group competitions in the group stage.
16 Arab teams will participate in the tournament, divided into 4 groups, with two teams from each group qualifying for the quarter-finals.