The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup Qatar 2019 arranged a press conference today at Khalifa Stadium Press Conference Room to update about the upcoming tournaments. Qatar will host the 24th edition of the Arabian Gulf Cup, the region's oldest and most prestigious football tournament, from 26 November to 8 December. Fans can expect plenty of helping hands at the Gulf Cup Qatar 2019 as 900 volunteers are set to help.
Recognized as the top football competition in the region, the Arabian Gulf Cup has been a fans' favorite since the inaugural edition was staged in Bahrain in 1970. The tournament, also known as the Gulf Cup of Nations, is organized by the Arab Gulf Cup. Kuwait is the most successful team in the tournament's history, winning ten tournaments out of 23 in total, while Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Iraq have each won three titles. The United Arab Emirates and Oman have each won two titles.
The tournament was conceptualized during the 1968 Summer Olympics, with the first edition taking place in 1970. Kuwait became the first country to win the title after defeating Bahrain. Qatar has hosted the tournament on three previous occasions: 1976, 1992 and 2004 and won the tournament on three occasions: 1992, 2004 and 2014.
Oman (defending champions)
United Arab Emirates
The 40,000-capacity Khalifa International Stadium - Qatar's national football stadium - will host the opening and final match of the 24th edition of the Arabian Gulf Cup, in addition to a number of other matches during the tournament.
Following an extensive redevelopment, Khalifa International Stadium became the first FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022T tournament venue to open in May 2017.
Located in Aspire Zone, this historic venue has previously hosted the Arabian Gulf Cup, the Asian Games and the AFC Asian Cup. Earlier this year it hosted the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.
The stadium is equipped with state-of-the-art cooling technology, which allows the venue to be used all-year-round.
The 12.000-capacity Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium, formerly known as Duhail Stadium, will also host matches during the Arabian Gulf Cup.
Opened in 2013, the stadium is home to Qatar Stars League side Al Duhail SC. The venue has hosted a number of major matches, including domestic cup finals and the 2016 AFC U23 final.
Qatar will play against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, December 5 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah. Meanwhile, on the same day, Iraq will face Bahrain at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium at Al Sadd.
Saad Al Sheeb, Pedro Miguel, Salem Al Hajri, Tariq Salman Suleiman, Bualem Khoukhi, Hassan Khaled Al Haydos, Akram Afif (Al Sadd), Bassam Hisham Al Rawi, Almoez Ali, Karim Boudiaf, Almoaz Ali, Ismail Mohammed, Mohammed Muntari (Al Duhail), Ahmed Fathi, Youssef Abdel Razzaq, Mohamed Salah El Nil, Fahd Shanin and Musab Khader (Al Arabi), Abdul Aziz Hatem and Fahd Younis (Al Rayyan), Mahdi Ali (Al Gharafa), Abdullah Al Ahrq (Al Ahli), and Mohammed Al Bakri (Al Shahaniya).
Fans attending the Gulf Cup Qatar will have the privilege of enjoying an array of entertaining events and activities. From art, cultural events to a traditional fashion show - a number of events and activities are lined up for spectators to sample the excitement of sports extravaganza in a truly thrilling atmosphere. More than 30 Qatari artists will participate in different events. There will be a marathon for students of Qatar as well as participating countries.
Check out the seating map and plan for enough time to both travel and getting to your seat.
There are 10000 parking lots are available to make sure everyone gets easy access to the parking. However, you can also use Doha Metro as the Gold Line opens its doors today for passengers. The back of the ticket displays your closest parking lot to your seating. The first match will start at 7 pm and the gate will open from 4:30, so reach early as possible to avoid traffic jams.
Qatar is well prepared with all sorts of security measures to ensure safety for the spectators of the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup. To know more about the restricted items, check out List of prohibited items during the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup in Qatar.
Sodeifi – the beloved mascot of the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup which features the colors of the Qatari flag, first appeared in 2004 when Qatar hosted the Arabian Gulf Cup for the third time. The mascot has already visited a number of schools and public places in Qatar.
35000 tickets are sold so far. Tickets are available online from gulfcup2019.qa. They are available to buy in three categories and priced QAR 50, QAR 30 and QAR 10.
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