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Qatar celebrates hosting the World Cup 2022

Gulf state becomes the first Arab nation to hold the tournament

Qatar celebrates hosting the World Cup 2022
Qatar was announced as the 2022 World Cup host in Zurich on Dec 2
Qatar celebrates hosting the World Cup 2022
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and his wife were present at the announcement ceremony
Qatar celebrates hosting the World Cup 2022
A crowd of thousands flocked onto Doha's streets as the result as announced
Qatar celebrates hosting the World Cup 2022
Qatar created history by becoming the first Arab nation to host the World Cup
Qatar celebrates hosting the World Cup 2022
The bid saw the tiny Gulf state beat out bids from Australia, USA, Japan and Korea
Qatar celebrates hosting the World Cup 2022
The result came on the back of FIFA's pledge to move the World Cup beyond its traditional borders and into countries where football is developing
Qatar celebrates hosting the World Cup 2022
Fans celebrated with the ubiquitous vuvuzelas and dancing
Qatar celebrates hosting the World Cup 2022
Traffic wound around Doha's corniche as revellers celebrated in ecstasy
Qatar celebrates hosting the World Cup 2022
The city's avenues were jammed packed as the party continued long into the next day
Qatar celebrates hosting the World Cup 2022
A young fan holds up a replica of the World Cup trophy during an impromptu parade
Qatar celebrates hosting the World Cup 2022
The Gulf state convinced FIFA that it would combat soaring summer temperatures during the tournament by building carbon neutral, air conditioned stadiums
Qatar celebrates hosting the World Cup 2022
Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, bid committee chairman, said: "This is a statement of trust, of loyalty to the game. On behalf of millions of people in the Middle East, thank you for believing in us, thank you for having such bold vision. I can promise we will not let you down."
Qatar celebrates hosting the World Cup 2022
Qatari women wave the national flag as they drive down Doha's corniche
Qatar celebrates hosting the World Cup 2022
Qatar plans to build nine new stadiums and refurbish three existing ones for the 2022 tournament