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Relive the best moments from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Opening Ceremony!

On the evening of 20 November 2022, Qatar welcomed the world! 67,372 spectators and billions of viewers tuned in to watch history, as the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Arab region kicked off at Al Bayt Stadium with a stunning Opening Ceremony – featuring His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and His Highness the Father Amir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. 

The 30-minute Opening Ceremony amazed fans from near and far. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman and featuring Jung Kook from Korean supergroup BTS, the ceremony showcased Qatari culture and heritage, while highlighting football’s ability to unite people from different countries and cultures. A host of special guests from Qatar took part in the ceremony, including Ghanim Al Muftah, Danah, and Fahad Al Kubaisi – they were joined by hundreds of performers and tournament volunteers.

The Opening Ceremony featured eight distinct parts, culminating with giant jerseys from all 32 participating nations, alongside every mascot in FIFA World Cup™ history – including La’eeb™ the Official Mascot of Qatar 2022™. Conceived as a joyous and contemporary one-of-a-kind spectacle with an important unifying message, the ceremony was produced by Executive Artistic Director, Ahmed Al Baker, CEO of Katara Studios, and Artistic Director, Anghela Alo.

The Calling Music Video

Watch ‘The Calling’, the spectacular music video that introduced Qatar 2022™ to the world during the Opening Ceremony at Al Bayt Stadium! 
Sung by Qatari female singer Danah, ‘The Calling’ is a fusion of Oriental sounds mixed with modern synthetic music. It’s inspired by traditional songs sung in hope that loved ones at sea will return soon. Here, it signifies the call sent by Qatar to the world inviting them to Al Bayt Stadium and the FIFA World Cup 2022™. 


6ix Degrees Films

Every iconic FIFA World Cup™ moment has been inspired by the moments that have gone before – all leading us to now. 

Since 1930 the tournament has played out across the regions of the world – from South America to the Arab world. Enjoy the Six Degrees of Celebration: The Final venues.

Goalkeepers have always played their part in the beautiful game’s biggest victories. Enjoy Six Degrees of Celebration: The super saves.

Players who have experienced lifting the FIFA World Cup™ would agree that they were inspired by those that lifted before them. Enjoy Six Degrees of Celebration: The most iconic trophy lifts.

Watching players celebrating can be just as entertaining as the goals themselves. Enjoy Six Degrees of Celebration: The goal celebrations.

Distribution, link-up play and skill creates FIFA World Cup™ superstars. Enjoy Six Degrees of Celebration: The playmakers.

Players have always used the FIFA World Cup™ to showcase the latest looks and trends. Enjoy Six Degrees of Celebration: The styles.

Official Soundtrack

Qatar 2022™ is all about bringing the world together in harmony. For the first time ever, instead of one official song, a full FIFA World Cup™ Official Soundtrack has been released. 

Listen to the multi-song collection here.