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Qatar had more than 1.4m visitors during FIFA World Cup

December 19, 2022 at 12:24 pm

Dance, music and acrobatics performances held as part of FIFA World Cup 2022 events in the Corniche beach in Doha, Qatar [Ashraf Amra – Anadolu Agency]

Qatar welcomed more than 1.4 million visitors from around the world during the FIFA World Cup tournament which ended yesterday with Argentina beating France to lift the trophy, the Qatar News Agency has reported.

The total attendance figure for all matches combined was 3.4m people. The average attendance was above 53,000 per match, more than 96 per cent of the total capacity.

“We organised an exceptional, impressive tournament,” said Hassan Al-Thawadi, Secretary General of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy. “It will represent a milestone in hosting major international events.” Al-Thawadi added that the historic event will leave a sustainable social, economic and environmental legacy for the country and, in fact, the whole region.

Sixty-three matches were played in eight stadiums across the 28 days of the tournament. The stadiums were all within an hour’s drive of central Doha.

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