The opening ceremony kicked off with a promotional video narrated by Hollywood superstar Morgan Freeman.
The American actor and Qatari Youtuber Ghanim Al Muftah then featured in a dialogue on stage that was followed by the Chant of Nation showcasing Ardha dancers in their white dresses while displaying amazing swordplay.
Professional dancers and volunteers were up before the white mascot La'eeb started floating in the stadium.
BTS singer Jungkook then took the stage singing the World Cup song, Dreamers. He was joined by Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubais.
The performance culminated with lots of flag waving, each team's giant jerseys on display, and a World Cup inflatable emblem at the centre of the field.
The ceremony ended literally with a bang as the stadium lit up with an amazing display of fireworks.
Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Jordan's King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Senegalese President Macky Sall, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, as well as the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, were in attendance ahead of the first match between the hosts Qatar and Ecuador in the tent-shaped Al Bayt Stadium.
The FIFA World Cup takes place from 20 November to 18 December 2022 in Qatar with 32 national teams participating. This is the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East.
The injury bug bit several key players for defending world champions France. Brazil is looking to add a sixth trophy to its collection while Argentina is eyeing a crowning glory on the international stage for superstar Lionel Messi.
The Scottish FA is to ban heading on the days immediately before and after matches as a result of new research into brain disease in retired soccer players.Clubs were also advised to limit repetitive heading exercises to once a week.
South Sudan should investigate officials accused of overseeing systematic gang rapes, some of whose victims were girls as young as nine, UN rights experts have said in a statement the government dismissed as a fabrication.Investigators say sexual abuse has been used as a weapon by all sides in South Sudan's civil conflict, which erupted in 2013 and triggered Africa's biggest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
England captain Ben Stokes will donate his match fees from their three-Test series in Pakistan to help the victims of devastating floods in the country.Millions of people in Pakistan have had their lives affected by severe flooding in recent months, with officials in the Asian nation estimating damage from torrential monsoon rains that have killed over 1,000 people at more than $40 billion.
Cameroon's Vincent Aboubakar has come off the bench to rescue the Indomitable Lions by scoring one superb goal and creating another as they fought back to draw 3-3 with Serbia.Monday's draw in Doha kept both sides' slim chances alive at the World Cup.
Sydney's all-time NBL record 17-game road-winning streak has come to a pulsating end after Cairns overcame a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Kings 94-88 in overtime at the Cairns Convention Centre.Keanu Pinder (30 points, 13 rebounds) was terrific throughout the Monday night classic and proved unstoppable during the five-minute extension to tip Sydney off the top of the ladder.
An eruption has begun in the summit caldera of Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the world's largest active volcano, the US Geological Service's (USGS) volcanic activity service says."At this time, lava flows are contained within the summit area and are not threatening downslope communities," the notification on Sunday night said.
A Cambodian court has ordered two homes owned by a former Adelaide school teacher to be seized and used as a security for $A1.2 million in fines, following his defamation conviction for criticising local elections in June.
1 draft pick Aaron Cadman is excited by the prospect of starting his AFL career interstate after being selected as the nation's top young talent by Greater Western Sydney.The Victorian key forward was, as expected, picked first when the Giants opted not to bid on highly rated father-son prospect Will Ashcroft.
The Socceroos' defensive pillar Harry Souttar is shunning speculation about a possible move to the English Premier League.Souttar is ignoring swirls of transfer talk to remain solely focused on Australia's World Cup crunch game against Denmark.
A man alleged to have bashed a Sydney woman with a meat cleaver before sexually assaulting her in her home has been arrested and charged with numerous offences.Police believe the man entered the 26-year-old woman's Auburn unit on Friday night and found a meat cleaver in her kitchen, which he used to threaten and beat her.
Harry Sheezel has dismissed the anti-Semitic abuse he received ahead of the AFL draft, saying it hasn't affected him and he won't tolerate it.The AFL will investigate the social media abuse directed at Sheezel, who was confirmed on Monday night as the first AFL-listed Jewish player since 2002.
Australian companies failing to protect their customer's data will face tougher financial penalties when new privacy laws come into effect.Federal parliament passed the laws on Monday which will significantly increase penalties for repeated or serious privacy breaches.
Golfing great Karrie Webb believes this week's historic Australian Open in Melbourne can follow the successful lead of its tennis equivalent as both male and female players hit the course together.A dual gender Australian Open will be played for the first time, with five-time champion Webb coming out of semi-retirement to chase another women's title alongside world No.
Western Australia's premier has defended his government's handling of youth justice issues after being accused of overstating support from community leaders.Mark McGowan last week hosted a summit to discuss issues at the troubled Banksia Hill Detention Centre, including the use of dangerous restraint techniques, repeated lockdowns and increased self-harm incidents.
Armed with a samurai sword, Duy Linh Ho told police to use their weapons on him before charging down the stairs.He was shot dead seconds after the last of his four children was escorted out of the family home in Brisbane's southwest in July 2019.
She might be semi-retired but Karrie Webb managed to do something this year that a lot of other golfers couldn't - beat Cameron Smith in a round of golf.The pair are both teeing up in the Australian Open in Melbourne this week, for the first time male and female golfers playing on the same course at the same time for the same prize-money.
A NSW man could walk from prison within a year after a court found he raped his half-sister in her bedroom at their rural home as a teenager.The sentence, handed down on Monday by District Court Judge Gordon Lerve, was the second imposed on the male, known only as RB, over the sexual assault of a child.