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An Amazing Journey

“The winner to organize the 2022 FIFA World Cup is…Qatar.”

One dramatic sentence that set in motion a 12-year journey to stage both the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East and the Arab world – and the best edition of the tournament ever.

And at every step along that journey, as Qatar prepared itself to host the world’s greatest sporting event, Qatar Foundation (QF) was there.

From underpinning efforts to make the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ a standard-bearer for sporting and social accessibility; to channeling its expertise in research and innovation into supporting the tournament; to empowering youth, engaging communities, and contributing toward the social and human legacy of the sporting showpiece; and to welcoming football fans from around the world to its Education City home over four incredible weeks in 2022, QF was at the heart of Qatar’s World Cup story.

This is how, for QF, that story unfolded.

"When is the right time for the World Cup to come to the Middle East? Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come. The time is now."

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser2022 FIFA World Cup™ bid final presentation, Zurich, 1 December 2010