The Football World Cup 2022 festival officially started with a colorful opening ceremony at the Al Bayt Stadium in Qatar on Sunday night. In the opening ceremony, there were many occasions where Islamic values were reflected, including the recitation of Quranic verses. Qatar lived up to expectations in the grand opening ceremony of the $220 billion World Cup.
At first look at the stadium, the initial impression was that the number of spectators in the field was minimal, but on reflection, it was estimated that 70% of the stadium was filled with Qatari people dressed in white. While a large number of people dressed in the clothes of teams from different countries were also looking enthusiastic. About 60,000 spectators were present in the stadium on opening day.
In this article, we are reviewing 5 such moments that made the opening ceremony of the World Cup 2022 memorable.
1-Arab heads of state and FIFA officials side by side
A clock in the stadium was showing the countdown to the start of the opening ceremony, at which time the heads of the Arab countries and the royal family were seen in the stadium. Among these leaders, Qatar’s biggest ally in Vision 2030, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, was also present, appeared along with FIFA officials and the Qatari royal family.
This was the first time that the world witnessed the unity of FIFA and Arab countries. While Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was also among the prominent world leaders who participated in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Opening Ceremony. The Qatari Emir of State kissed his father’s hand after which the ceremony began.
Finally, the countdown came to an end, and through a short documentary; Qatar once again reflected on its history and culture and reiterated the FIFA World Cup’s promise to unite the world. At the same time, the presence of camels in the field was a shock for a moment, but throughout the event, Qatar surprised the fans at every moment.
2-Interesting talk by Morgan Freeman and Ghanem al-Muftah
Everyone was surprised to see Oscar-winning Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman. On this occasion, there was also a conversation between disabled Qatari Qari, YouTuber and World Cup Ambassador Ghanem Al Muftah, and Morgan.
The interesting conversation started when Ghanem invited Morgan, to which Morgan asked, “Will I be welcomed here?” to which Ghanem said, “This invitation is for the whole world.” Everyone is invited here.
Later, Morgan Freeman said in the closing remarks that ‘the love of football unites different countries and thus nations of different cultures also unite on this occasion.
On this occasion, the Qatari singer ‘Dana’ dressed in Qatari cultural dress continued to hum the national anthem.
3-Recitation of the Holy Quran
On this occasion, when Freeman asked about the diversity in the world, Ghanem recited the verse of Surah Gujarat of the Holy Qur’an, where Allah mentions the division of nations into tribes for identification. Ghana’s recitation made the sky. At the same time, it became the first World Cup that started with the recitation of the Quran.
4-A Tribute to Past World Cup Anthems
There was also a twist in the opening ceremony that caused excitement among fans around the world. The famous songs of the last World Cup along with the flags of the participating countries made the hearts of the fans quicken. Among these songs, We Are One, Waka Waka, and Weaving Flag stands out. While the symbolic mascots of the last World Cup were also presented on this occasion.
At the end of the ceremony, the song “Dreamers” by Jung Kook, a member of the South Korean boy band BTS, forced the audience to stand up from their seats. Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubaisi also supported him in this song. Jung Kook was seen dancing as well as singing, making him the headliner of yesterday’s opening ceremony. While the event ended with a spectacular fireworks display.
It will not be wrong to say that this opening ceremony was the unique and best event of the World Cup. The representation of Qatari and Islamic values proved that the world cup has to be put to rest because there is no room for ethnic differences in football. Through this process, Qatar also told the Muslim countries that justifying religious differences to stay behind in the world race should be left to the Muslims.