Photos: Qatar brings East and West together with spectacular World Cup closing ceremony

Stars Nora Fatehi, Balqees, Rahma Riad and Manal join Qatari singer Dana Al Fardan during the show

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General view of performers during the closing ceremony before the match. Photo: AFP
General view of performers during the closing ceremony before the match. Photo: AFP

Published: Sun 18 Dec 2022, 6:22 PM

Last updated: Sun 18 Dec 2022, 7:21 PM

Tens of thousands of soccer fans wearing French and Argentinian colours gathered at Doha's Lusail stadium on Sunday where the 2022 World Cup ends with a dream-like scenario for Qatar: a showdown between Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi, both stars of Doha-owned Paris St Germain.

Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

The final ceremony lasted 15 minutes and referenced the world coming together for the 29 days of the tournament through poetry and music.

Themed ‘A Night to Remember’, the closing ceremony included performances by several global artists to a mashup of songs from the official Fifa World Cup 2022 soundtrack.

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

Qatari singer Dana Al Fardan performs at Lusail Stadium in Lusail.

The stadium appeared almost full as the game started, with Argentinian fans vastly outnumbering the French. The crowd also watched Qatar's air force planes flying over Lusail as the Gulf state also celebrated its national day.

Aisha performs inside the stadium that has the capacity to hold 88,966 football fans.

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

Nora Fatehi, Balqees, Rahma Riad and Manal perform during the closing ceremony.

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

The closing ceremony also offered a sprinkle of familiar flavour for Indian fans, with Bollywood star Nora Fatehi sizzling on the stage alongside global stars like Emirati singer Balqees, Iraqi singer Rahma Riad and Moroccan pop singer-songwriter Manal.

The all-female lineup performed live to ‘Light the Sky’ - the official theme song for the tournament.

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

Davido, Ozuna and Gims perform during the closing ceremony before the match.

Dancers perform before the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup final football match between Argentina and France.

Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

Performers hold giant balls depicting the flags of qualified countries.

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

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