Qatar unveils 'Arab inspired' logo for 2022 World Cup

Qatar unveils 'Arab inspired' logo for 2022 World Cup
Qatar unveils its logo for the World Cup to take place in Doha in 2022, which has taken inspiration from the Arabic language and local traditions.
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03 September, 2019
The next World Cup will take place in Doha [FIFA]

Qatar has revealed its logo for the 2022 World Cup, and it reflects both the tournament's compact infrastructure and winter schedule.

Using the colours of the Qatari flag, the white emblem is set against a maroon background.

It is inspired by the contours of the World Cup trophy with the unbroken loop depicting a figure of eight — the number of stadiums built for the Middle East's first World Cup in the tiny Persian Gulf nation.

"The emblem is supposed to represent the national scarf. There is a small football on the side and above and below the football are the two dots which are meant to represent Arabic language", a source who was involved in the design told The New Arab.

FIFA says the design also draws "inspiration from a traditional woolen shawl," a winter garment reflecting the World Cup being played in November and December 2022 to avoid the fierce summer heat in June and July when the tournament is usually played.

The reveal came at 2022 local time (8:22 p.m.) in Doha and the image was projected onto buildings in the Qatari capital, including the Al Zubarah Fort, and appeared at sites in Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

Other countries in the region played no role in the launch.

The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have been boycotting Qatar economically and diplomatically since 2017, and its severing of travel links could prove problematic for fan travel in 2022.

Among the international sites where the logo was displayed on Tuesday was the Arch of Peace in Milan and a train station in Paris.

Agencies contributed to this report.