Spectacular ceremony sets scene for first FIFA Arab Cup
Even before a ball was kicked at the hosts’ opening FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™ match against Bahrain, there was a feast for the eyes as the newly inaugurated Al Bayt Stadium staged a stunning opening ceremony.
In a show befitting the historic occasion, fans were treated to a jaw-dropping pyrotechnics display along with some beautiful choreography and performances that featured traditional themes, scenes and costumes from the Arab region.
The stadium itself - the unique architecture of which is inspired by bayt al sha'ar, tents historically used by nomadic peoples in Qatar and the Gulf region - is a true sight to behold. All eight of Qatar's FIFA World Cup 2022™ arenas have now been completed, and after tonight only Lusail Stadium – the venue for next year’s FIFA World Cup Final – is still to be unveiled to the public.
Check out some of the best images from this unforgettable ceremony, which included – among others - 220 dancers, 75 orchestra performer and 45 FIFA Fan Leaders representing 48 different countries.
Opening Ceremony of the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021
Performers are seen during the Opening Ceremony.
AL KHOR, QATAR - NOVEMBER 30: Performers are seen during the Opening Ceremony prior to the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021 Group A match between Qatar and Bahrain at Al Bayt Stadium on November 30, 2021 in Al Khor, Qatar. (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
A scene from the opening ceremony.
AL KHOR, QATAR - NOVEMBER 30: General view inside the stadium during the opening ceremony prior to the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021 Group A match between Qatar and Bahrain at Al Bayt Stadium on November 30, 2021 in Al Khor, Qatar. (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)