Paris, 20 October 2020 - Qatar's ambassador to France Sheikh Ali bin Jassim al-Thani and the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, have inaugurated an exhibition of the models of the eight world-class stadiums dedicated to hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup matches, at the National Sports Museum in Nice, as part of the activities of the Qatar-France Year of Culture 2020, in order to extend bridges of dialogue and co-operation with the various French regions.
The opening ceremony was attended by Director of the National Sports Museum Marie Grasse, French personalities, parliamentarians and a number of journalists. In a speech during the ceremony, the ambassador said that the innovative designs of these stadiums symbolise the Qatari culture and ancient history of the region, while responding to sophisticated engineering, technical and aesthetic requirements.
He pointed out to the designs of the upper stands in some stadiums which are in the form of removable units, so that their capacity is reduced after the end of the World Cup and a number of seats are donated to develop sports projects in developing countries. This makes these engineering innovations coupled with a spirit of determination to make the 2022 FIFA World Cup a true driver of social and human development. Fans will be able to reach the venues via modernised transportation facilities, such as the Doha Metro, or an environmentally friendly light transport service.
The ambassador expressed his readiness to strengthen co-operation with the city of Nice in general and its Sports Museum in particular, and to organise joint activities that contribute to enriching the history of sport. Ambassador al-Thani thanked the museum officials for organising the exhibition, which constitutes an occasion to express the distinguished partnership between Qatar and France in all fields. He stressed that hosting this exhibition in one of the most important and most beautiful cities of the French Riviera reflects the depth of relations between the two countries and their constant endeavour to develop it through activities.
For his part, the Mayor of Nice expressed his admiration for the continuous preparations that are taking place in the World Cup projects, considering it evidence that the World Cup 2022, the first of its kind in the Arab world, will be legendary and exceptional by all standards. The director of the Sports Museum Mary Grasse praised in her speech the distinguished level of international sporting events hosted by Qatar in recent years, and expressed admiration for the determination of Qatar to develop the skills and the prominent and effective role that it plays in the fields of sport as a means of developing relations, strengthening friendships and creating exchange with countries and peoples of the world.
It is worth noting that the models of the Qatari stadiums intended to host the 2022 World Cup were displayed at the Arab World Institute in Paris and in the French city of Cannes, and were appreciated by French officials and the public.
On the sidelines of the opening of the exhibition, the ambassador of Qatar held a bilateral meeting with the Mayor of Nice, during which they discussed ways to enhance co-operation between Qatar and Nice in various fields, especially in the framework of following up the activities of the Qatar-France Year of Culture 2020.
They also discussed prospects for investment in a number of projects in the future. During the meeting, the Mayor of Nice praised the city's readiness to develop and strengthen its partnership with Qatar, in order to establish a vision that supports cultural radiation between the two countries and to encourage the enrichment of creativity, especially in arts and culture.