Doha, 18 December 2022 - The closing ceremony of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 was held Sunday at Lusail Iconic Stadium ahead of the final match between Argentina and France, featuring impressive shows that blended the State of Qatar's heritage with its modernity and development.
During the ceremony, the State of Qatar thanked and bid farewell to the whole world after hosting an exceptional, unique, record-breaking and indelible World Cup tournament.
The ceremony featured songs of the World Cup official soundtrack that celebrated the convergence of the peoples of the world over the course of the tournament that continued for 29 days. Davido and Aisha performed 'Hayya Hayya', Ozuna and Gims sang Arheboo, and Balqees, Rahma Riad, Manal, Nora Fatehi sang 'Light the Sky'.
The closing ceremony began with Qatari artist Dana's rendition of 'What A Wonderful World', followed by a poem by Tamim Al Barghouti that celebrated bringing peoples together to celebrate football despite cultural differences.
The 12-minute ceremony witnessed the lighting of 32 balls resembling celestial bodies decorated with the flags of the countries that participated in the World Cup. Two balls remained to symbolize the finalists France and Argentina.