The Arab Cup presents the perfect opportunity for Qatar to reveal its ultra-modern facilities to a sports-loving global audience; to football-infatuated Qataris and to thousands of highly enthusiastic travelling fans. After a series of exciting qualifying matches, which brought elation to the winning teams and their supporters, the eagerly awaited tournament kicks off on November 30. Sixteen countries from across the region will compete in a group stage. This will be followed by do-or-die knockout matches. The champions of the Arab world will be crowned at the Final on December 18.
The opening game features a match between Qatar and Bahrain. Between matches, fans will be free to enjoy Qatar’s world-famous hospitality and explore all that this appealing, unique peninsular has to offer: excellent dining, pristine beaches, nature reserves and diverse watersports. Museums resplendent with ancient artefacts; forts with a history of defending the nation; and high-end retail malls offering world-famous brands. Compact Qatar, with minimal travel distances between football venues and perfect winter weather, is quite simply the ideal destination for an event of this magnitude.