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Qatar prepares for the start of the Arab Cup and another test of readiness for 2022

November 30 – Mauritania and Tunisia will open the FIFA Arab Cup tonight, a tournament that will serve as a dress rehearsal for the 2022 World Cup organizers.

First held in 1963 in Lebanon, and now held for the first time under the auspices of FIFA, the Arab Cup will feature 16 teams from across the region and North Africa in a competition that will assumed the role of the abandoned Confederations Cup in helping the World Cup Host Country prepare for the global finals.

On a cold December 2010 afternoon in Zurich, Qatar was awarded the right to host the tournament, and over the past decade, amid ongoing accusations of corruption in the bidding process and monitoring of its human rights record. The country, the emirate has built up their host credentials, hosted a series of international tournaments and engaged in a global health crisis.

The Arab Cup will be held at six venues, all World Cup stadiums: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Stadium Al Thumama Stadium and Education City Stadium.

Ticket purchasers need to be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the local health authority. To date, these four vaccines are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Fans will be able to attend multiple matches in one day, which organizers hope will be an asset during the World Cup. They introduced a mandatory fan ID. Ticket prices range from 25 QAR (5.8 €) for a match in the group stage to 245 QAR (57.6 €) for a Class I ticket for the final, but interest has been limited.

Team tickets for the group stage stage of the Qatar national team have been sold out, but individual tickets are still available for all matches, including the final on December 18, national day. Qatar and exactly one year before the 2022 World Cup final.

Hosts Qatar will also have a match tonight, against Bahrain, with the Qatari side expected to attend the Maroons match to open the tournament.

Clubs are under no obligation to release their players for this tournament. Morocco and Egypt are among those taking part with the reserve team in Qatar. The winner of the tournament will receive $5 million in prize money.

Group

Group A: Qatar, Iraq, Oman, Bahrain

Group B: Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Mauritania

Group C: Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Palestine

Group D: Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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