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.