Ceremonies to celebrate the culture of Qatar and the region
Cultural Understanding

Celebrating the culture of Qatar & the region

Initiative description: Performing opening and closing ceremonies, as well as a Welcome to Qatar ceremony, that celebrate and showcase the culture and beauty of Qatar and the Middle East.

The SC organised opening ceremonies at two key events in 2019 – the opening of Al Janoub Stadium and the kick-off to the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup (AGC). At the inauguration of Al Janoub Stadium, the first FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ venue to be built from scratch, the opening ceremony paid tribute to Al Wakrah’s heritage of pearl diving and fishing, and to Zaha Hadid, the renowned architect whose firm designed the stadium. The opening ceremony of the AGC featured a short documentary film about the history of the tournament since its inception in 1970, and was followed by a traditional song and sword dance by hundreds of local performers. These ceremonies provided an opportunity to celebrate local talent and the culture of Qatar and the region.