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 'Welcome to all Arabs in Doha'


His Highness the Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani inaugurated the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021 at Al Bayt Stadium on Tuesday.

HH the Amir announced the inauguration of the tournament, saying “In the name of God and with God's Blessings, I declare the opening of the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021, wishing all national teams well. All Arabs are welcome to the Doha of all Arabs."

The opening ceremony was attended by HH the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, HH Personal Representative of HH the Amir Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani, HE Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa Al Thani, and Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, and Speaker of the Shura Council HE Hassan bin Abdullah Al Ghanim, along with a number of sheikhs and ministers.

The inauguration was also attended by President of the Lebanese Republic General Michel Aoun, President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia Mohamed Abdullah Farmajo, President of the Republic of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Presidential Council of the State of Libya Dr Mohamed El Manfi, and HRH Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Vice President of the Republic of Yemen Lieutenant-General Ali Mohsen Al Ahmar, HRH Governor of Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and Aide to the President of the Russian Federation Igor Levitin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of the State of Kuwait HE Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al Ali Al Sabah, HH Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth of the Sultanate of Oman Theyazin bin Haitham Al Said, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence of the United Arab Emirates HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, and Minister of Youth and Sports of the Arab Republic of Egypt HE Dr Ashraf Sobhi, and Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Turkey Republic Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu.

The opening was also attended by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) HE Dr Nayef Falah Mubarak Al Hajraf , heads of Olympic committees and federations in Arab countries, heads of diplomatic missions accredited by the state, senior officials in the field of sports, and the public.


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