Qatari tradition and modernity blended in the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cupstarring the actor Morgan Freeman in the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor, one of the architectural jewels built to host the competition and the scene of the first match between the host team and Ecuador.

The setting of the act could not be more appropriate. The stadium takes its name from the bayt al sha’ar, the traditional tents used by nomads of Qatar and the Gulf region and its structure clearly resembles them.

Under the presidency of the emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, highly acclaimed by the public, the first World Cup in history in the Middle East He exhibited a quick ceremony, lasting half an hour, at times very heartfelt, in which the country’s roots were shown, its link to the desert, and it was intended to send a message of unity and modernity.

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“To the whole world I say, welcome to doha. We have worked hard with many people to make this competition a success. We have invested to work for the good of humanity. People unite, regardless of their ethnicity, their religion, their orientation and their nationality here in Qatar and behind the screens of all the continents of the world,” the emir said in his brief speech. He also stressed that “people can put aside what divides them and celebrate diversity”, which contrasted with a box that hardly had the presence of women among its occupants.

They attended, apart from the top leaders of world football who heads the swiss Gianni Infantinopersonalities such as the presidents of Turkey, Recep Tayyip ErdoganOf Egipt, Abdel Fattah al-Sissiof the Palestinian national authority, Mahmud Abbasthe crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salmanand the executive vice president of Venezuela, delcy rodriguez.

Morgan Freemanwho played an important role at the start of the ceremony, assured that “soccer goes around the world and what unites nations also unites communities”.

The singer Jung Kooka member of the South Korean group BTS, performed “Dreamers”, a song included in the official soundtrack of the World Cup, together with the Qatari singer fahad al kubaisiwhich also supposes, according to the organizers, a call to the unity of “all humanity, bridging the differences through humanism, respect and inclusion”.

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At the ceremony there were small tributes to the 32 teamssuch as brief fragments of typical songs with which the fans cheer them on, and previous editions of the World Cup, with the departure and deployment of the mascots, including Gauchito and Naranjito, as well as hymns from recent tournaments, including Shakira’s Waka Waka.

Previously the former player Marcel Desaillyworld champion with France, introduced the World Cup trophy that the ‘bleus’ won four years ago in the Moscow Luzhniki and for more than three hours several thousand Ecuadorian supporters were noted in one of the funds of the Al Coliseum Khor.

Qatari tradition and modernity blended in the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cupstarring the actor Morgan Freeman in the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor, one of the architectural jewels built to host the competition and the scene of the first match between the host team and Ecuador.

Source: www.elconfidencial.com

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