HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani took part in a panel discussion on the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, entitled "Sport as a Unifying Force" at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on Monday afternoon.
HH the Amir opened the session with a speech noting that his first participation in the World Economic Forum comes in a very special year for the State of Qatar as it is going to host the FIFA World Cup, which will be the first major sport event with full attendance after the devastating pandemic. In this context, HH the Amir expressed his happiness that this tournament will unite the world and bring the people back together again, noting that it is also the first time that the Arab world will host such a major event. HH the Amir pointed out that the region has suffered for so long, and hosting the World Cup will give hope to the youth across the region, in addition to making the lasting contribution to the world.
HH the Amir underlined that the impact of such sport event is not limited to fun, but goes far beyond that to achieve mutual understanding between different cultures and different backgrounds. HH the Amir noted that the people of Qatar and the region are excited to showcase their hospitality and the ancient culture of the Arab world.
At the conclusion of his speech, HH the Amir said that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is a journey of hard work, determination and tireless effort. He looked forward to welcoming everyone to Qatar, wishing the best for all teams participating.
The panel was also attended by HE President of the Republic of Rwanda Paul Kagame, a number of Their Excellencies the Ministers, HE President of the FIFA Gianni Infantino, HE President of the Confederation of African Football Patrice Motsepe, and senior officials, in addition to a number of players, coaches and those interested in sports.