Marcos Evangelista de Morais, known as Cafu, is predicting Brazil will win the FIFA World Cup for a sixth time at Qatar 2022.The two-time winner is backing the South American giants to beat France in the final at Lusail Stadium on 18 December.Speaking to the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) website, the former Selecao captain, who lifted the trophy in 1994 and 2002, expected a host of former champions to lead the way in Qatar once the tournament gets underway on 20 November."Teams like Brazil, England, Argentina and France are the top seeds on merit. Germany, Belgium and Portugal are also very competitive. They all have the potential to reach the final and win the World Cup," said Cafu, who is a Qatar Legacy Ambassador.Cafu is also expecting host nation Qatar to make it all the way to the quarter-finals. He is predicting Al Annabi will finish second in Group A behind the Netherlands before claiming a round of 16 victory over England."Qatar have improved a lot in recent years," said Cafu. "They have experienced players and good coaching staff. They showed how good they are by winning the Asian Cup in 2019. They will face experienced teams in Group A, but I hope they can go far in the tournament." Cafu expects an all-South American clash in the semi-finals between Brazil and Argentina, and is also backing France to beat Portugal in the last four."Argentina versus Brazil is not an easy match because they are two great powers of world football, who individually have the best players in the world. France versus Portugal will also be a very difficult match, but I expect France to make the final. They have important players like Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe." Cafu is then expecting a repeat of the 1998 FIFA World Cup but with a different result. Twenty-four years ago, it was France who tasted victory on home soil with a 3-0 success over Brazil in Paris."This would be the ultimate final, and should Brazil win it, this would make them a mega champion," he said. "Brazil needs another title because it has been 20 years since the last one. Defeating a great rival like France to achieve it would be fantastic."
The Amiri Naval Forces received, at Umm Al Houl Naval Base, the Pakistani vessel 'Tabuk' to participate in securing the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.This participation comes within the cooperation agreements concluded by the Ministry of Defense with brotherly and friendly forces to secure the championship.
The telecom service providers; Ooredoo Qatar Q.P.S.C. and Vodafone Qatar P.Q.S.C. have cooperated with the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) to amend the registration process for getting a prepaid mobile SIM card, with the aim of facilitating telecom services for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 fans while maintaining regulatory requirements.The updated process enables fans to apply for a SIM card online through the digital channels of the telecom Service Providers; Ooredoo Qatar Q.P.S.C. and Vodafone Qatar P.Q.S.C. and verify their identity digitally by using the "Hayya" card as an identification document of the applicant. That enables applicants, based on their preference, to instantly get an embedded-SIM (e-SIM) card without the need to visit the retail outlets of the telecom Service Providers or get a physical SIM card from their retail outlets in the State of Qatar.According to the process, each fan can obtain two cards. Also, minor fans under the age of 18 can obtain two cards with the consent of their parents. Fans can activate e-SIM and physical SIM cards when arriving in the State of Qatar. Service Providers will disconnect the cards automatically once the fans' "Hayya" cards expires. Still, fans can request to terminate the service before that based on their desire."CRA is keen to effectively regulate the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector in a way that contributes to its development and benefits all stakeholders, whether Service Providers or telecom consumers, especially concerning the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 . CRA has been keen to ensure that the telecom Service Providers provide high-quality services that effectively meet the needs of consumers," said Amel Salem Al Hanawi, Director of Consumer Affairs Department, CRA."I want to thank the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy for their coordination efforts and to thank Ooredoo Qatar and Vodafone Qatar for their cooperation and keenness to provide innovative telecom services that contribute to the success of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 , improving the experience of telecom consumers in the State of Qatar, and reducing carbon footprints," she added.The State of Qatar expects 1.2 million visitors for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 , so to meet the expected needs, CRA has assigned around 3 million mobile numbers and about 40,000 fixed-line numbers to telecom Service Providers to be used by visitors and organisers of the tournament.
Qatar squad began their last stretch of preparations on Tuesday, ahead of their FIFA World Cup opener against Ecuador at Al Bayt stadium on Sunday. The Asian champions, who had arrived home from Spain on Monday after a month-long training camp, got down to business at Aspire Academy training pitch yesterday with head coach Felix Sanchez keeping a close eye on his players.With the media attention firmly on them, the players put in hard yards as they await to take the field for the biggest moment of their careers – a historic World Cup debut at home.The squad have already had a lengthy preparation for the football showpiece, having trained in Europe and played many friendly matches in the last six months.Before they trained yesterday, five Qatar players – Salem al-Hajri, Mustafa Tarek Mashaal, Jassim Jaber, Khalid Muneer and Naif al-Hadhrami – took time out from their preparations to connect, engage, and inspire volunteers, who are central to the tournament’s success. Players signed autographs and led the volunteers through football drills, providing fun, fitness, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the participants.Meanwhile, young Qatar defender Hammam al-Amin said he is proud to play in the World Cup. Al-Amin said that coach Sanchez’s confidence was a great motivation for him to be in the starting line-up.“The coach gives me huge confidence. He has backed me since I’ve joined the team,” Homam told Qatar Football Association (QFA) twitter handle. “That goal against Honduras is the best memory of my career. I have worked very hard to be a part of national team. We are preparing for the World Cup which is our biggest challenge yet. I am looking forward to show a good performance and help my team in achieving our goal,” he added.The 23-year-old added his selection for the tournament would not have been possible without the hard work he has put in training. “These are our best times as a team. We have spent the time together like a family. The atmosphere inside the team is wonderful. All of us have given our best in preparations and now we are eagerly waiting for the opening match against Ecuador,” he said.“The last few months have been really helpful for us as we were focused on our preparation and the credit goes to the team management to ensure a viable plan for us,” Al-Amin added.Al-Amin, who made his first international appearance in the 3-3 draw against Panama in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, hoped Qatar will perform well in the World Cup to make fans happy.“We need overwhelming support from fans and we promise them to give our best and bring smiles on their faces with our performance,”Al-Amin also spoke about his personal ambitions, saying: “My dream is to win the Best Asian Player award like my senior team-mates Abdelkarim Hassan  and Akram Afif .”
The doors to the FIFA Fan Festival in Doha’s Al Bidda Park will open on Saturday, November 19, one day before the first match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 between hosts Qatar and Ecuador.On Saturday, FIFA and host country representatives will attend the official inauguration along with FIFA Legends and the FIFA World Cup 2022 Winners' Trophy.Gates will open at 4pm, with the inauguration beginning at 7pm with a live broadcast of the “Welcome to Qatar” ceremony on the Corniche.Following that, Lebanese singer Myriam Fares and Colombian star Maluma will open the Live Stage with headline solo performances as well as a world-exclusive duet performance of the official FIFA Fan Festival anthem, *Tukoh Taka (featuring Nicki Minaj, Maluma and Fares), which will be released on November 18.The performances by Fares and Maluma will be the first of many by top global music acts and local artistes over the next four weeks, with international award-winning musicians Diplo, Kizz Daniel, Nora Fatehi, Trinidad Cardona and Calvin Harris to be brought to the Live Stage by FIFA Sound.On opening day, the Fan Festival will be open from 4pm until 1am."Fans from all over the world can look forward to 29 days of football, music, culture and lifestyle – a true festival of football," FIFA said in a press statement.The FIFA Fan Festival is the perfect place to watch FIFA World Cup matches live in a buzzing atmosphere, while also enjoying an exciting football and entertainment programme.The FIFA Fan Festival is the central destination where fans from all over the world can meet to share their emotions and celebrate the unique atmosphere of the FIFA World Cup.Many innovative sponsor activities, dedicated football exhibitions and an official FIFA Store with licensed FIFA World Cup products await fans from all over the world."It is an event for all, welcoming everyone from avid or casual football enthusiasts to lovers of music, food and culture," FIFA added.
Adel Larbi is over excited about attending the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 with family and friends. He was already here during the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 from 25 November to 20 December, he told Gulf Times: “We are here to encourage the Tunisian squad as well as the Qatar national team and other Arab teams. I would like to congratulate Qatar for the wonderful organisation and call on Tunisian and Arab fans to be the best ambassadors of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”“The Arab Cup was an impressive tournament. I enjoyed every minute of it with my wife and friends. We are dedicated football fans, I am a veteran basketball player from l’Etoile Sportive du Sahel, of the coast town of Sousse in Tunisia, with a scenic corniche and sandy beaches reminiscent of the Doha Corniche and its state of the art old port. Coming back to Doha feels like home, although I am very pleased with the hosting and the organisation of the World Cup by Qatar which represents the 450 million Arabs in this edition. All the procedures are seamless from booking our tickets, to arrival at HIA, to getting our Hayya cards, travelling around Doha and its suburbs. We find Qatar very welcoming to visitors, we are revisiting Doha not only for football, we are also looking forward to enjoy cultural, musical events and fan festivals. Not to forget Souk Waqif, Katara, Qatar Museums, Lusail, trendy restaurants and much more.” Larbi concluded.
With science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) at the forefront of progressive education, learners across Qatar Foundation (QF) add elements of personal expression, empathy, meaning-making, and purpose to learning.The human element to transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary instruction is showcased by the D'reesha Performing Arts Festival, which – launched by QF last year – is set to return in December.In addition to featuring art and performances in a variety of forms, QF is adopting a multidisciplinary approach to combine science, research, education, and community in a STEM-focused segment, titled 'D’reesha of Invention'.“Science, technology, engineering and math integration into art gives youth the option to make connections between concepts and solving problems in new and exciting ways,” said Ameera al-Aji, community arts lead at QF.D’reesha of Invention, sponsored by ConocoPhillips Qatar, highlights scientists, scholars, and researchers from the Arab world. Visitors will be given the opportunity to attend talks, conduct experiments, and participate in hands-on workshops, learning about inventions and contributions from around the region.Additionally, with legacy being a key component of D’reesha of Invention, a specially developed platform launched by QF and its partners will allow the whole community to engage with content year-round, allowing for a 365-learning experience around STEAM education.“The debates challenging the importance of STEM versus STEAM, or trying to differentiate the two, are actually a false dichotomy because incorporating the arts into traditional sciences allows students to thoroughly expand their cognitive toolbox,” said Dr Gregory John Moncada, director of Qatar Academy for Science and Technology.At Texas A&M University at Qatar, a QF partner, Dr Aymen Elsheikh, an instructional assistant professor of English who acts as the director of the university’s STEAM initiative, together with his colleague Dr Anne Schmalstig, Instructional Assistant Professor, co-created a STEAM summer camp for high school students across Qatar.D’reesha Performing Arts Festival will take place at Education City from December 11-17 under the theme ‘Travel and Adventure’.