| 15 April 2024, Monday |

Emir of Qatar: All welcome without discrimination at World Cup 2022

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani stressed on Tuesday that his country will welcome the world and open its doors without discrimination during the FIFA World Cup 2022, which kicks off on November 20.


Speaking before the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Sheikh Tamim said Qatar is on the threshold of hosting the world’s teams and their fans.


It is opening doors for all of them “without discrimination to enjoy the football matches and the amazing atmosphere of the tournament, in addition to witnessing the economic and cultural renaissance in my country,” he added.


He pointed out that Qatar took on the challenge of hosting the landmark event 12 years ago, which required absolute resolve, determination, planning, and hard work.


Sheikh Tamim explained that the Qatari people will receive with “open arms football fans from all walks of life,” adding that no matter how diverse the nationalities, religions, and ideas are, “our duty is to overcome obstacles, extend a hand of friendship, build bridges of understanding and celebrate our common humanity.”


He concluded his address to the General Assembly: “On behalf of my people and my behalf, I invite you all to come to Qatar and enjoy this unique tournament. You are all welcome.”

  • Asharq Al-Awsat