Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, attended the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, who attended the ceremony in the presence of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, heads of states, and senior officials.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) November 20, 2022
Sheikh Mohammed and the Dubai Crown Prince were received in Doha by Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani, Deputy Emir of Qatar, along with several ministers and senior officials, official news agency WAM reported.
The opening ceremony was at the Al Bayt Stadium in Doha, which also hosted the debut match between Qatar and Ecuador. The host team lost the match.
Sheikh Mohammed congratulated Qatar’s leadership and its people on the inauguration of the mega event. He said Qatar’s successful hosting of the tournament is an achievement for the Arab world in general and a valuable addition to the Gulf region’s sporting landscape.
Sheikh Mohammed was also accompanied by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, and Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs.
شهدت اليوم حفل افتتاح كأس العالم .. لحظات تاريخية تعيشها منطقتنا مع الحدث الأهم عالمياً .. الدوحة ستكون عاصمة الرياضة العالمية لمدة شهر من اليوم.. حفظها الله …ووفق شعبها وقيادتها لكل نجاح وسداد .. pic.twitter.com/yVeEdf4tGU
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) November 20, 2022