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India's Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan visits 2022 FIFA World Cup venue in Qatar

14:00 GMT+3 11/05/2022
V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs India, 2022 World Cup
The Indian Minister of State for External Affairs visited the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Qatar...

India's Minister of State for External Affairs, V. Muraleedharan, visited the Ahmad Bin Ali stadium in Qatar, a venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday.

The MoS for External Affairs took a tour of the stadium and took cognizance of the world-class facilities of the venue.

Interestingly, there is an Indian connection to the stadium. The construction of the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, located in Al-Rayyan, was completed by an Indo-Qatar joint venture between one of the largest Indian firms Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) and Qatar's Al Balagh Trading & Contracting.

In fact, it is the first time that an Indian firm has been involved in the construction of a FIFA World Cup venue.

Back in December 2020, India's honourable foreign minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar visited the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium. He was accompanied by Dr. Deepak Mittal, the Indian Ambassador to Qatar. 

Dr. Jaishankar and his ministerial delegation were on a two-day visit to Qatar and they were gracefully attended by his Excellency Hassan Al Thawadi and Nasser Al Khater, Chairman and CEO respectively of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC. They took them through a full tour of the facilities including the pitch, competition areas and VVIP seating areas. 

All you need to know about the FIFA World Cup venue Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium

The stadium was inaugurated on December 18, 2020, when it hosted the Amir Cup final between Al Sadd and Al Arabi in a high profile event on Qatar National Day attended by several dignitaries including FIFA President Gianni Infantino and All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel.

The 40,000-capacity stadium will host seven matches till the Round of 16 stage during the 2022 World Cup and will function as the home of Qatar Stars League (QSL) outfit Al Rayyan. 

The stadium’s façade is glowing and is composed of patterns that symbolise different aspects of Qatar - the importance of family, the beauty of the desert, native flora and fauna, and local and international trade.