Fifa World cup 2022 Opening Ceremony:
Prior to the tournament’s first game between hosts Qatar and Ecuador on Sunday, November 20, 2022, the 2022 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony was held at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. Morgan Freeman, Ghanim Al-Muftah, and South Korean artist Jungkook all made appearances and gave performances.
The ceremony includes numerous symbolic elements that represent welcome, generosity, and hospitality in Arab culture. It also features cutting-edge musical, cultural, and visual performances that were used for the first time in the competition, all of which took place beneath a “Tent” decoration that symbolises the Earth and sends a message inviting people from all over the world to come together. The ceremony’s 30-minute duration was dominated by Gulf and Arab culture. The first frame featured a verse from the Quran, verse 13 of Surat Al-Hujurat. “يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ مِنْ ذَكَرٍ وَأُنْثَى وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ”, (O mankind, in fact, We made people from male and female, and We divided them into tribes and peoples so that they may interact with one another. The most upright of you is, in fact, the most honourable among you in Allah’s eyes.
The ceremony had 7 Panels that blended foreign and Qatari traditions, demonstrating the nation’s culture and values, the virtue of respecting others, and the necessity of eradicating stereotypes about the Arab world. The first panel, dubbed “The Calling” Panel, depicts the “El-Hoon” sound, which is connected to welcoming people. The “To Get to Know” Panel that followed served as a metaphor for rapprochement through communication, and it included young Ghanem Al-Muftah and artist Morgan Freeman. The “Rhythm of Nations” Panel then performs Qatari music while compiling the most well-known ovations for the 32 competing teams. The “Football Nostalgia” panel, which compiles old official talismans in tribute to the previous host countries, came next.