Photo: Xiao Yijiu / Xinhua / Global Look Press

The championship will officially begin on November 20, on the eve of its start, fireworks were arranged at the FIFA Fan Fest

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Photo: Xiao Yijiu / Xinhua / Global Look Press

In Qatar, before the start of the FIFA World Cup, a FIFA fan festival was held, fireworks were arranged during the holiday, reports Al Jazeera.

In addition to fireworks, a drone show could be seen in the sky, which formed the championship trophy and a greeting phrase addressed to the guests of the World Cup.

In addition, Colombian singer Maluma and Lebanese singer Miriam Fares performed at the festival, who, together with American singer Nicki Minaj, recorded the World Cup anthem – the song Tukoh Taka.

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The World Cup is being held in the Middle East for the first time. Usually, the championship is organized in the summer, but in the case of Qatar, it was postponed to autumn due to too hot summer weather in the country.

According to most estimates, the 2022 World Cup will definitely be the most expensive in the history of world football. Front Office Sports, an American consulting company that specializes in financing sports events, estimated the cost of it at $220 billion. About the same amount was called by the head of the organizing committee, Hassan al-Tawadi.

For comparison: the 2018 World Cup in Russia cost $11.6 billion, and the most expensive before that was the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, it cost $15 billion.

The first match of the championship will take place on November 20. At 19:00, the game between the national teams of Qatar and Ecuador will begin.

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