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The wait is over ! After four years of anticipation , the 22nd FIFA World Cup™ – the first in the Middle East and Arab world – is finally upon us .
An unrivalled global audience will have its eyes fixed on Qatar for a tournament that will write new chapters into the history of the most global game of all . For many of you , whether watching digitally , on television or among the over one million soaking up the atmosphere inside the eight state-of-the-art stadiums in Qatar , this will be the first exposure to the rich cultural tapestry of Qatar and the region . This FIFA World Cup™ – a tournament of peace and unity – will be the one that brings the world together after some difficult times . Everyone will be welcomed to the tournament , regardless of their race , background , religion , gender , sexual orientation or nationality .
On so many levels , this tournament will be unique . Players will be at the peak of their performance , freed from the grind of long journeys between fixtures , thanks to matches taking place in the most compact tournament footprint since the inaugural FIFA World Cup™ in 1930 .
Fans are the lifeblood of the sport and over the first two rounds of group stage matches , you will have the special possibility of attending up to two games on the same day , contributing to a real festival of football . You will see a vibrant and welcoming host nation and leave with lifelong memories of a tournament that will provide outstanding moments both on and off the pitch .
Together with our hospitable hosts , we warmly welcome you to the greatest show on Earth . Everything has been carefully prepared to ensure you have the time of your lives . We hope that whoever you support , you enjoy the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and leave with some treasured experiences as our truly global game plays to its biggest worldwide stage .
Gianni Infantino FIFA President
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will be a unique and memorable edition of international football ’ s flagship tournament .
Fans , players and officials will experience the most compact edition of the FIFA World Cup™ in modern history . The vast majority of visitors will fly into Hamad International Airport and stay in one accommodation . Everyone will be in the thick of the action throughout the event and always close to a stadium , tourist attraction or our country ’ s extensive public transport network .
Uniquely in modern times , fans will have the chance to attend more than one match a day during the early stages of the tournament . It promises to be a festival of football like no other in the history of this prestigious event .
The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup™ is the first to be held in the Middle East and Arab world , and the second in Asia , after the Republic of Korea and Japan shared hosting duties in 2002 . For people in Qatar and across our region , this is about much more than football .
From the moment we won the hosting rights in 2010 , our mission has been to deliver a sustainable , social , environmental and economic legacy for the benefit of Qatar , the Arab region and the world . We appreciate this is a golden opportunity to inspire generations of youth by utilising the power of football .
And it is football that will bring fans from across the globe to Qatar , with many visiting our country and region for the first time . We look forward to welcoming everyone and sharing our famous hospitality . We will showcase Qatari and Arab culture , increase dialogue and build cultural ties with people from all over the world .
We look forward to hosting everyone and setting the stage for memories that will last a lifetime . I encourage you all to enjoy everything Qatar has to offer and make the most of this unique edition of the FIFA World Cup™ .
Foreword by H . E . Hassan Al Thawadi , Secretary General , Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy