Preparations in full swing for 24th Arabian Gulf Cup
Qatar is gearing up to host the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup, which will kick off at Khalifa International Stadium on 24 November.
The tournament, which is organised by the Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation (AGCFF), will be contested by five teams, with all the matches taking place at Khalifa International Stadium, which recently hosted the IAAF World Athletics Championships.
The draw for the tournament will take place in Doha on 23 October, with tickets going on sale a day later. Tickets will be available online and from various outlets across Qatar, including the Mall of Qatar, Doha Festival City, Villagio, Souq Waqif and Hamad International Airport.
Jassim Al Rumaihi, General Secretary of the AGCFF, said: "We are proud to be hosting the Arabian Gulf Cup in Qatar for the fourth time and look forward to hosting thousands of fans from across the region. We welcome everyone to enjoy this festival of football."
Al Rumaihi continued: "All the matches will take place at the iconic Khalifa International Stadium – the scene of sporting triumphs in Qatar throughout the last 40 years and the first tournament-ready venue for the FIFA World Cup 2022."
Saud Al Mohannadi, Chairman of the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup Local Organising Committee and Vice President, Qatar Football Association, said: "Qatar's hosting of the Arabian Gulf Cup is another opportunity to test the country's event hosting expertise as we continue preparations for the FIFA Club World Cup in December and the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
"After successfully hosting the IAAF World Athletics Championships, Khalifa International Stadium is currently being prepared to host the Arabian Gulf Cup and welcome thousands of passionate football fans from Qatar and the wider region."
Following an extensive redevelopment, the 40,000-capacity Khalifa International Stadium – Qatar's national football stadium – reopened in May 2017. Located in Aspire Zone, this historic venue has previously hosted the Arabian Gulf Cup, the Asian Games and the AFC Asian Cup. The stadium is equipped with state-of-the-art cooling technology, which allows it to be used all-year-round.
The Arabian Gulf Cup was conceptualised in the 1960s, with the first edition taking place in 1970. Kuwait became the first country to win the title after defeating Bahrain. Qatar has hosted the tournament on three previous occasions: 1976, 1992 and 2004 and won the tournament on three occasions: 1992, 2004 and 2014.