Since the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) announced in December 2010 that Qatar won hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup as the first Arab and Islamic country, skepticism among some and fears among others about the ability of this small country to organize the largest football event in the world has not stopped.

For more than a decade, the media has been flooded with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of articles and interviews on radio, screens, and websites, speaking in good faith about the difficulty of a country with such a small area and small population able to host 32 teams accompanied by thousands of officials and media professionals, and hundreds of thousands of fans.

The tournament, whose previous edition was held in Russia and before that, in countries of giant size and population such as Brazil, South Africa, Germany, France and the United States, and even in a joint hosting file in 2002, the two countries were the size of Japan and South Korea;

“Can it be held in a country like Qatar?” Many asked.

After years of anticipation, Qatar simply provided the answer, whether to the skeptics in bad faith or the fearful and pity in good faith, through an organization that exceeded the limit of perfection and reached the degree of dazzling with the testimony of everyone.

But the interesting thing is that the matter did not stop at good organization, as Qatar provided a true example, whether for what it can do as a small ambitious country, or for what it belongs to in terms of nationality, religion, history and geography.

What confirms that the matter is really deep is a look at more than a century ago of the history of this region, where it was occupied for decades by Western countries or at best subject to its influence, and it was also a prisoner of civilization and progress strictly monopolized by the West, while the East retreated to suffice. In the role of the importer, not only of commodities, but also of civilizations and ideas, he chooses some of them voluntarily and imposes others on him by force.

Gifts of oud and musk were waiting for tens of thousands of fans on their seats in the opening match (communication sites)

Legacy and generosity

And when Qatar established its organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup in 2011, it was remarkable that it bore the name “The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.” Article Three of its establishment decision stated that it aims to “achieve the best conditions for organizing and completing the 2022 World Cup, in a way that enhances comprehensive development plans in the country and in in all fields, and leads to creating a legacy for the State of Qatar that extends after the tournament and across generations.

Perhaps this return to the Emiri decision to establish the committee will answer the questions and fascination of others with what they saw of a remarkable mixture between keeping pace with modernity on the one hand, and highlighting the cultural heritage of this region of the world on the other hand.

The matter began, then, before the World Cup, and it was revealed early on by the stadiums that were built to host the competitions, and it is enough to look at the home stadium, whether it is related to its name, shape, and design, or the South Stadium, to realize any desire that Qatar possesses to revive the heritage of the ancestors and be proud of it.

And with the start of the World Cup, Arab generosity appeared in celebrating the World Cup guests and its fans, and thousands of visitors expressed that on the media and communication. Arabic with welcome phrases in Arabic and English and the championship logo.

respect old people

Also at the opening, the values ​​​​of the East appeared in great respect, as the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, was keen to celebrate his father, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, during whose reign Qatar won the honor of organizing the World Cup, as he bowed in front of him and kissed his hand, while an old and rare video of the Emir was shown. The father playing soccer with a group of young men on a dirt field with simple resources.

It was remarkable for those who attended the World Cup matches in the stadiums to find a great deal of keenness to help the elderly and people with special needs.

The arrival of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, and Gianni Infantino, President of the International Federation of Football Associations, to Al Bayt Stadium

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The honorable image of Arabs and Muslims in the Qatar World Cup was not limited to the hosts, as the tournament witnessed an honorable performance from the teams of the Arab countries that participated in the tournament, namely the teams of Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, where the first achieved a unique achievement by reaching the golden square after defeating giant teams such as Belgium, Spain and Portugal. The second started its matches by defeating Argentina, which was crowned the world title in the end, and the third won against France, which was the other party in the final match.

In parallel with the outstanding performance and the wonderful results of the Moroccan national team, the players drew attention to their keenness to celebrate with their families, especially mothers, in clips that raised a lot of emotional atmosphere, and forced even those who rushed to criticize to apologize, as happened on a television channel in Denmark.

Moroccan star Ashraf Hakimi was keen to kiss his mother's head after the victory over Spain (French)

The East, with its values ​​and traditions, was always present, and even dazzling, in the Qatar World Cup, equal to religious or social values. in Arab Muslim countries.

The Qatar World Cup also witnessed the prohibition of alcohol in the stadiums, which was remarkable that many Westerners praised after seeing the experience and how the competitions of the largest football event in the world ended without a single riot.

In conclusion, Arab traditions were also present, when the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, dressed the Qatari captain Lionel Messi, the captain of the Argentine national team, as he prepared to receive the World Cup, in a gesture that caught attention and aroused interest.

The East presented its experience and reversed its values, so it presents an impressive experience, even by the recognition of the fair-minded people of the West itself.

Rather, some went to what many did not expect, as Western visitors praised the bidet that Muslims use in the toilets in order to clean themselves after defecating, while the West's bathrooms are devoid of it and its pioneers suffice with using paper tissues.

It may seem normal to the people of the East, but it is remarkable that some visitors expressed on the communication sites their amazement and admiration for this experience, stressing that they discovered that using water is much better and that they wish the West had begun to use it.

It is not a joke, but a way of life, and the experience of the East that Qatar sponsored was not limited to the amazing sports organization only, and for this reason it is expected that its effects will continue, even after a while.

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— VUJ (@DavidVujanic) December 14, 2022