Al Jazeera Net correspondents
Doha With the first anniversary of the State of Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, that tournament is still an important stage of success in Qatar and the entire region, not because it is the most important football tournament in the world, but rather because of the cultural, political and sporting positives that this hosting achieved globally, and the sustainable legacy that that tournament also left. .
The Qatar World Cup, which was held for the first time in the Middle East and the Arab world, presented an exceptional and unprecedented version of its kind in the history of the greatest football tournament, whether inside or outside the stadiums, and received praise at all regional and international levels.
The legacy of the World Cup was not only sporting, as it played an important role in consolidating Qatar’s position and role as a leading destination for holding major sporting tournaments and high-level cultural events. Rather, the tournament left a human legacy that clearly marked its significant impact on the export of Qatari, Arab and Islamic culture and its integration with world cultures.
The former official spokesman for the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Khaled Al-Nama, considered that the concept of legacy was rooted in the first seeds of the Qatar World Cup, so it was named the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, considering that the State of Qatar is now in the process of truly benefiting from this legacy, and the best evidence of this is the multiple uses. For tournament facilities in sporting and non-sporting events.
Al-Nama said in an interview with Al-Jazeera Net that the legacy of the World Cup appeared clearly in Qatar’s ability to quickly organize the unscheduled Asian Cup 2023 after China’s apology, considering that the greatest legacy in this regard is the human legacy represented by the Qatari and Arab energies that worked in organizing the tournament, and were A wealth of expertise and refined energies that contribute not only to the sports sector, but to organizing major events in various sectors in the State of Qatar.
He believed that the cultural legacy of the Qatar World Cup reshaped the Arab world and the Middle East in the mentality of football fans around the world, as it was the first time that the Arab world had the freedom to tell its story from its perspective. “So we saw the imposition of the Palestinian issue, making it known to the world, and the Argentine national team star, Lionel Messi, wearing the basht.” Arab, and such viewing contributed greatly to the cultural reformulation of the East and West region.
The Qatar World Cup contributed to introducing the world to Arab culture and the tolerance of the Islamic religion throughout the tournament, which was evident in many initiatives, whether individual or public, as well as introductory programs for fans around stadiums and in fan zones.
There was diligent work with all partners in the State of Qatar to introduce the tolerance of Islam, and to highlight the Qatari, Arab and Islamic culture and identity in the best way, as female fans enjoyed a safe atmosphere in the stands, and alcoholic beverages were prohibited in sports facilities.
The opening ceremony of the World Cup also clearly expressed Islamic identity, in addition to the adoption of the Arabic language as an official language in the “FIFA” alleys, which came as a result of Qatar’s organization of the World Cup, as well as the songs that formed the World Cup album and expressed Arabic and Qatari music specifically, according to Al-Nama.
Al-Nama stressed that Qatar has become an automatic choice for everyone who wants to organize a successful tournament, whether in football or otherwise, as it is used to organize tournaments that other countries may apologize for, due to the human capabilities and accumulated experience, in addition to the distinguished infrastructure and the unique model that Qatar has always provided. Successfully, it places it among the countries capable of organizing not only sporting events but also major events and events.
The World Cup created Qatar as a distinctive and favorite tourist destination for everyone, as many World Cup fans returned to Doha again in light of the availability of tourist areas and various destinations, as well as the human legacy in light of the explosion of human energies, whether Qataris or residents of Qatar, which benefits the state. In all fields.
In turn, the Director of Local and Regional Media at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Muhammad Al-Khanji, confirmed that the gains of the Qatar World Cup are many, especially since the tournament has made Qatar one of the tourist and sports destinations in which the international community has great confidence in hosting various sporting events.
Al-Khanji said in an interview with Al-Jazeera Net that the sports heritage is represented by the sports facilities and World Cup stadiums with their Arab and Qatari identity, which will contribute to organizing many tournaments in the future, most notably the Asian Nations Championship scheduled for next January.
He added that the World Cup contributed to accelerating the pace of completion of Qatar Vision 2030, as many of the projects of this vision were shortened to be ready before the tournament, including the infrastructure that the country witnessed recently, and the means of transport and communication that were formed and diversified during the World Cup and have now become a sustainable legacy used by everyone. Comes or lives in the State of Qatar, as well as for future generations.
He explained that part of the legacy of the World Cup is also to introduce the world to the true image of Arab and Qatari culture and the tolerance of the religion Islam, in light of the interest of many fans in learning about this culture and interacting with it, whether in stadiums or fan areas.
Al-Khanji considered that the international community’s confidence in Qatar’s hosting of major sporting events is a confidence that has existed for a long time, and was born after hosting many major sporting events, such as the 2006 World Cup, the Handball World Cup, the World Athletics World Cup, and other events, in light of the availability of sports facilities, but He stressed that organizational success contributed to strengthening Qatar’s international standing, which was evident in its victory in hosting the 2027 FIBA World Cup and the 2030 AIDS.