His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani inaugurated today FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021 at Al Bayt Stadium. He 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 H.H. the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, H.H. Personal Representative of H.H. the Amir Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al-Thani, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Thani, H.E. Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and H.E. the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani, and H.E. Speaker of the Shura Council Hassan bin Abdullah Al Ghanim, along with a number of Their Excellencies Sheikhs and ministers.
The inauguration was also attended by H.E. President of the Lebanese Republic General Michel Aoun, H.E. President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas, H.E. President of the Federal Republic of Somalia Mohamed Abdullah Farmajo, H.E. President of the Republic of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh, H.E. President of the Presidential Council of the State of Libya Dr. Mohamed El Manfi, and H.R.H. Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, H.E. Vice President of the Republic of Yemen Lieutenant-General Ali Mohsen Al Ahmar, H.R.H Governor of Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and H.E. Aide to the President of the Russian Federation Igor Levitin, HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali Al-Sabah, H.H. Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth of the Sultanate of Oman Theyazin bin Haitham Al Said, H.E. Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, and H.E. Minister of Youth and Sports of the Arab Republic of Egypt Dr. Ashraf Sobhi, and H.E. Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Turkey Republic Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu.
The opening was also attended by H.E. FIFA President Gianni Infantino, HE Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al Hajraf , heads of Olympic committees and federations in Arab countries, Their Excellencies heads of diplomatic missions accredited by the state, senior officials in the field of sports, and the public.
Cover image credit: QNA
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