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Unique, elegant, so Qatari…

The distinct Qatari feel earns praise as design of the Qatar 2022 emblem comes into focus.
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The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 emblem is projected onto the amphitheatre at the Katara Cultural Village. IQ Photo: Vinod Divakaran

‘Unique’, ‘Elegant,’, ‘So Qatari’ were some of the reactions as the fans had a first look at the official emblem of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

At Katara, loud cheers greeted the arrival of the emblem. Enveloped by excitement, fans were busy taking videos and photographs and instantly sending them to friends and followers across the social media world. Soon, the attention turned to its design.

“I think it’s fabulous, it’s got that Qatari elegance,” said Alan Gairns, who has been working with the Qatar Post for the last five years. A Scot, Gairns was there with his family to witness the event. “And you can see the Qatar colours on it. I am impressed, very impressed. It’ll be a big hit,” he said.

“It’s so Qatari,” said Shaima Al Amri, a producer with QBS Radio in Doha. “I think it expresses Qatar in many ways. The combination of maroon and white is so beautiful and authentic. Super! Amazing!” she said.

“When I see the shape, I would think of love and infinity. It also looks like the cup (the FIFA World Cup). It was worth the wait. The World Cup is going to be historic, everyone is going to talk about it,” she said.

The simplicity of the design caught the eye of Sri Lankan Anshith Ahamad, an employee of GRC Masters Construction Company. “Of course it represents the World Cup, but the Qatari colours have been used so well with it,” he said.

Fuad M from India, a web developer with Ionob Techonologies, concurred. “It’s unique and outstanding. I’m sure it’ll be a big success,” he said.
Abdul Aziz, a police official from Doha who was at the Katara Amphitheatre, was also taken in by the design. “The emblem is beautiful. I feel it represents what Qatar stands for,” he said.