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Qatar World Cup 2022 kicks off

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Published: 21:33, 20 November 2022   Update: 22:05, 20 November 2022
Qatar World Cup 2022 kicks off

The FIFA World Cup, has kicked off with a glittering ceremony in Qatar, marking the first world cup in the Middle East.

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Than inaugurated the event at Al Bayt Stadium before the first match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador on Sunday (November 20).

Organizers say the seven-act narration is guided by “a strong visual concept, a bespoke musical project and world-class talents, interlacing Qatari tradition with worldwide culture”.

Hollywood star Morgan Freeman delivers a message of hope, unity and tolerance at the start of the ceremony, as hundreds of dancers and musicians take to the stage.

Football fans were given a special treat as BTS star Jung Kook performed in the ceremony. Jung Kook performed with the official World Cup song Dreamers with Qatari singer Fahad Al-Kubaisi.

The event was produced on a nostalgic take on the previous World Cups, with even songs like K'naan's Wavin' Flag in the background. With the opener done, hosts Qatar fae Ecuador in the tournament opener.