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FIFA World Cup 2022: Off the Field

Al Janoub Stadium lies in the southern city of Al Wakrah, one of Qatar’s oldest continuously inhabited areas. The stadium’s captivating design reflects the wind-filled sails of Qatar’s traditional dhow boats – in tribute to Al Wakrah’s fishing and pearl-diving past.

Come November 20 and the curtain will be raised on one of the most spectacular and much-awaited sport events in the world: the FIFA World Cup 2022. Sports buffs are in for a treat; first the Cricket World Cup in Australia followed by the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The latter has been planning its show for a few years now to make the event bigger than the biggest so far.

It is for the first time in the history of soccer that an Arab country would be hosting the FIFA World Cup, and when the Arabs venture into any field they leave no stone unturned to make the event as spectacular as possible. It will also be the first time that the mega event will be the most compact as never before; the maximum distance between two stadia being just 75 kms.

Qatar decided to have a trial of its processes by hosting the Arab Cup as a forerunner to the World Cup. By September, nearly 2.5 million tickets, mainly for the group matches of the World Cup had been sold. Ticket holders have a Hayya identity card to facilitate their accommodation and transportation. Hayya, Hayya (Better Together), the first song from the FIFA World Cup 2022 official soundtrack, was released in April on You Tube. The song was performed by singers Trinidad Cardona, Davido and Aisha. Arbho in Arabic means “Welcome” and a second soundtrack with that name was released officially in August. Arhbo is produced by Congolese-French rapper Gandhi Bilel Djuna, known by his stage name Maitre Gims, and features Dominican-Puerto Rican artist Juan Carlos “Ozuna” Rosado. Gims is a hit-making solo artist who has topped the French singles charts four times. He is the first French-speaking artist to produce and perform a World Cup anthem. Light The Sky is the fourth track from the multi-song FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 official soundtrack, featuring four of the Arab world’s most famous female singers — Balqees, Nora Fatehi, Manal and Rahma Riad. The song’s music video celebrates female referees officiating at a FIFA World Cup for the first time ever.

Cover of the October 2022 issue of The Teenager Today featuring young stars of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

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Gp Capt Achchyut Kumar has been associated with The Teenager Today for more than 50 years as a reader and contributor on varied topics. Having worked in the Indian Air Force and with Forbes & Company Limited, he is now a lawyer in Nainital High Court.

Gp. Capt. Achchyut Kumar

Gp Capt Achchyut Kumar has been associated with The Teenager Today for more than 50 years as a reader and contributor on varied topics. Having worked in the Indian Air Force and with Forbes & Company Limited, he is now a lawyer in Nainital High Court.