Davos, 24 May 2022 - The 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be a special one, His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani stressed at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Monday.
His Highness the Amir participated in the opening session of the WEF, which is being held in Davos under the theme ‘History at a Turning Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies’.
He delivered a speech at the opening session, in which he referred to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, economic challenges and geopolitical turmoil in the world, the Ukraine crisis, Palestine and the killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, Afghanistan, the environment, energy and other issues.
According to a transcript provided by the official Qatar News Agency, His Highness said in his speech: “As most of you know, for the first time in the Middle East, Qatar will be hosting the FIFA World Cup later this year. We are working hard, so this major sport event can allow our entire region the chance to host the world. For decades now, the Middle East has suffered from discrimination, and I have found out that such discrimination is largely based on people not knowing us, and in some cases, refusing to get to know us.”
“Even today, there are still people who cannot accept the idea that an Arab Muslim country would host a tournament like the World Cup. These individuals, including many in positions of influence, have launched attacks, at a pace never seen before, when a mega-sporting event was hosted by other countries on different continents, despite the fact that each of those countries has its own particular problems and challenges. Qatar is just like your own country - not perfect, constantly trying to improve, and full of hope for a brighter future,” he said while addressing the gathering.
“We are so proud of the development, reform and progress we have made, and we are grateful for the spotlight that the World Cup provided, which inspired us to make these changes at a lightning speed,” he continued. “I assure everyone listening, that this edition of the World Cup will be a special one. We believe that sport is a tool for positive change, promotes tolerance and respect, empowers youth and inspires unity. We stand by that belief, and I hope you will join us to discover the beautiful game, as it is played in our country.”