Qatar has begun its countdown to the first-ever FIFA Arab Cup, due to open on 27th April in Qatar, which will host the draw for the tournament at Katara Opera House in Doha.
The draw for the tournament will act as a prelude for the 2022 World Cup to be held at 9pm on Tuesday, the 27th April. The draw will involve the presence of several attendees, inline with the existing Covid-19 protocols.
23 Arab countries belonging to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will contest in the Arab Cup.
The tournament will begin on 1st December 2021 and the final will be held on 18th December 2021, one year prior to the 2022 World Cup final. The date also marks Qatar’s National Day.
The Arab Cup will be played across six venues in Qatar, all developed and built for the 2022 World Cup, and hence, it is seen as a vital opportunity to test the operational readiness of Qatar, and its infrastructure facilities, which include the stadium cooling tech.
This year, the FIFA Confederations Cup which will be played a year prior to the World Cup will not be hosted and hence the Arab Cup is considered as a replacement.
The 2022 World Cup will feature eight venues on the whole, with six of the venues playing host for Arab Cup.
Qatar has already thrown open four venues for the 2022 World Cup while the work at the rest are progressing as scheduled.
Among the 23 nations participating in the FIFA Arab Cup are: Algeria, Qatar (host), Comoros, Bahrain, Egypt, Djibouti, Jordan, Iran, Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq, Morocco, Mauritania, Libya, Palestine, Oman, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tunisia, Syria, the UAE and Yemen.