Second window of Arab Cup ticket sales opens as FIFA tests Qatar 2022 readiness

September 28 – Tickets for the FIFA Arab Cup, a dress rehearsal for the 2022 World Cup, went on sale again on Tuesday on a first-come, first-served basis with tickets still available for both the opening match and the final.

The new sales window runs until October 12 and follows on from the visa pre-sale that ran in August, with FIFA and local organisers mimicking the sales windows of next year’s World Cup. In November, there will be a third and final phase with last-minute sales.

Ticket holders will need to be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by local health authorities. To date the four vaccines are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Fans will be able to attend multiple matches in a single day and organizers will introduce a mandatory Fan ID. Ticket prices range from 25 QAR (€5.80) for a group phase match to 245 QAR (€57.60) for a category 1 ticket for the final.

On November 30, hosts Qatar will kick off the regional tournament against Bahrain at the Al Bayt stadium, venue for the World Cup curtain raiser as well. Sixteen teams from across the Arab world will participate in the inaugural competition.

Six World Cup venues will host the matches, with the final to be staged on 18 December, Qatar’s national day. The stadiums are Al Bayt, Ahmad Bin Ali, Education City, Ras Abu Aboud, Al Thumama and Al Janoub stadiums. The Khafila International Stadium, another World Cup venue, was not selected for this competition, while the Lusail Stadium, which will host the World Cup final in 2022, is still under construction.

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