Lebanese singer Elissa revealed she has been busy with World Cup-related matters, raising speculations about a possible performance or a song for the event.
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“I do not want to spoil the album, in the upcoming period we have the World Cup, and I was busy with concerts and travel, and all of this led to the delay in preparations for the album,” Elissa told Lebanon-based Aghani TV Channel.
Commenting on possibly releasing her album during Christmas, she said that while it is possible it is certainly more appropriate to release it after the Football World Cup. The sporting event, the first to take place in the Middle East, is scheduled to run between November and December this year.
The Gulf state will likely welcome at least 1.5 million fans globally, providing a key chance to introduce the world to Arab and Middle Eastern cultures. If the rumours prove to be accurate, the Lebanese artist would be the latest to join other singers preparing for the Football World Cup 2022, including Nancy Ajram.
To date, the World Cup organizing committee in Qatar has not revealed any information regarding its partnership with the two artists. Last month, Ajram officially confirmed her participation at the World Cup for the first time, saying a song is in the works without revealing further details.
“I cannot say more than that because there is a lot of news, but so far I have not confirmed anything so this is everything I can tell you.”
Elissa has smashed music charts in the Middle East with her latest duet with Moroccan artist Saad Lamjarred, titled Min Awel Dekika. Within less than three months, the song garnered 200 million views. However, Elissa faced criticism for passionately singing alongside Lamjarred, who faced multiple rape accusations.
Other Football World Cup performers
Beyond the Levant, other artists from around the world have also been busy ahead of the global tournaments in Doha. Nomsibo Zikodi, a well-known singer from South Africa and the singer of the song Jerusalema, revealed that she had received an invitation from the World Cup organizing committee to perform during the opening ceremony of the tournament, scheduled to take place on 21 November. Worldwide Tickets and Hospitality offers tickets for the Qatar Football World Cup at the best prices. Football fanatics and buy Football World Cup Tickets at exclusively discounted prices.
In April, Hayya was revealed as the first official Qatar Football World Cup soundtrack. It features Qatari singer Aisha, Trinidad Cardona as well as solo African artist Davido. More recently, K-Pop sensation BTS reportedly released a song for a major sporting event.
Police prepare for massive crowds in Qatar ahead of World Cup 2022
The main security concern of the 2022 World Cup will be controlling hundreds of thousands of football fans in Qatar‘s capital, FIFA told police chiefs from competing nations worldwide at a conference in Doha. Being the most geographically compact World Cup is one of the tournament’s biggest challenges, FIFA Security Director Helmut Spahn told the attendees.
Representatives from competing countries, the United Nations, FIFA, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), Europol, Interpol, and other international and local organizations, as well as representatives from other important stakeholders, attended the two-day conference. Unlike past World Cups, where just two teams and their fans would congregate in one city at a time, all the games for this year’s major event will be held in and around Doha.
1.4 million fans are expected to visit the Gulf state during the 28-day event, which begins November 21, with approximately 350,000 people in Doha at the same time, according to Spahn, who spoke on the sidelines of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Security Last-Mile Conference.
“You have to manage that,” he said. “But we can create history and I am pretty sure that we will manage it.”
However, Spahn is not alone in believing the country’s impending number of visitors is one of the biggest issues, with Qatar’s Major General Abdulaziz Al-Ansari, head of the country’s World Cup security operation, also pointing towards crowds.
“But we are very much confident that we have reviewed this over and over again,” Al-Ansari said. “Of course, there are going to be challenged, but the challenge is going to be part of the enjoyment.”
He also discussed Project Stadia, a collaboration between Qatar and Interpol designed to aid with policing and security for Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup. According to the major, the 10-year project will add value to any country hosting a major event. Qatari police are planning a complex system of road closures and extra public transportation to move football fans around the country.
Compact World Cup
The longest distance between any two of the eight stadiums is around 70 kilometres. Police representatives from competing nations at the conference will assess Football World Cup stadiums and evaluate transportation in Doha, according to Al-Ansari. Notably, Spahn stated that the threat of terrorism has declined since the past versions of the tournament that were held in Germany in 2006, South Africa in 2010, Brazil in 2014, and Russia in 2018.
Previously, we had terrorist attack threats prior to a Football World Cup, we had strikes of private security and police, and we had problems sometimes with infrastructure at stadiums not being ready. This is not the case here, Spahn explained, emphasizing that the threat is low and under control here in Qatar.
Qatar signed a joint declaration on the International Police Cooperation Centre with numerous countries and security agencies on the sidelines of the conference to exchange information. According to Al-Ansari, a handbook for fans visiting Qatar will be released next month. The Qatar 2022 rules on alcohol consumption, women’s rights, and LGBTQ rights have become a source of contention for European fan groups.
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