The opening ceremony kicked off with a promotional video narrated by Hollywood superstar Morgan Freeman.
The American actor and Qatari Youtuber Ghanim Al Muftah then featured in a dialogue on stage that was followed by the Chant of Nation showcasing Ardha dancers in their white dresses while displaying amazing swordplay.
Professional dancers and volunteers were up before the white mascot La'eeb started floating in the stadium.
BTS singer Jungkook then took the stage singing the World Cup song, Dreamers. He was joined by Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubais.
The performance culminated with lots of flag waving, each team's giant jerseys on display, and a World Cup inflatable emblem at the centre of the field.
The ceremony ended literally with a bang as the stadium lit up with an amazing display of fireworks.
Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Jordan's King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Senegalese President Macky Sall, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, as well as the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, were in attendance ahead of the first match between the hosts Qatar and Ecuador in the tent-shaped Al Bayt Stadium.
The FIFA World Cup takes place from 20 November to 18 December 2022 in Qatar with 32 national teams participating. This is the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East.
The injury bug bit several key players for defending world champions France. Brazil is looking to add a sixth trophy to its collection while Argentina is eyeing a crowning glory on the international stage for superstar Lionel Messi.
Stiff-person syndrome, which has forced Canadian superstar singer Celine Dion to postpone her European tour, is a very rare neurological condition that causes progressive muscle stiffness as well as muscle spasms.
India's public sector capital expenditure will continue, but may not need to expand at the same pace as it has in recent years, the country's chief economic adviser (CEA) said on Friday. "What we have now in the corporate sector are very healthy balance sheets, very healthy bottom line, and a financial system that is repaired, ready to lend and the corporate sector is ready to borrow," V. Anantha Nageswaran said at an event in New Delhi. Therefore, it may not be necessary or even healthy for public sector to keep expanding capital investment at the same pace, he added.
The convicted ringleader of a "large-scale" Kurdish people-smuggling gang, who is currently on the run, was on Friday sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison, Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) said.
BENGALURU (Reuters) -Shares of HCL Technologies Ltd fell nearly 7% on Friday, in their sharpest intraday drop since mid-January, after the IT services firm warned furloughs and spending cuts by clients in the key U.S. market could hurt its revenue outlook. Speaking to investors in New York on Thursday, HCL Chief Executive C. Vijayakumar said he expects revenue growth for the year ended March 31, 2023 to be at the lower end of the company's current forecast of 13.5%-14.5%. "Some of the macros like furloughs, some drop in discretionary spend in tech, telecom and a few other verticals are a little bit more than we expected at the beginning of the quarter," Vijayakumar said.
India's thermal coal imports fell to the lowest levels in 10 months during November, data from consultancy Coalmint showed, mainly due to a rise in domestic coal production. The country imported 10.83 million tonnes of thermal coal in November, the Coalmint data showed, compared with 12.03 million tonnes in October and 9.45 million tonnes in November 2021. Imports fell mainly due to higher production by state-run Coal India, which accounts for 80% of India's coal output.
The T-shirt on sale at Doha's main market declares "Our blood is Arab", and that is the mood buoying Morocco as it prepares to become on Saturday the first Arab nation to play a World Cup quarter-final.