Used in early times for pearl diving, fishing and trading with neighboring countries, every evening the wooden dhow boats brightly light up the Corniche – Doha’s famous waterfront promenade. Tonight, 20 kilometers further south down the peninsula’s coast, a 40,000-seater, ultramodern stadium, inspired by the sails of those traditional Arab vessels, was lit up for the first time.

In the presence of His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, a crowd of 38,678 spectators witnessed the Al Janoub Stadium’s splendid opening ceremony in Al Wakrah City, which was followed by the crowning of Al-Duhail as the winners of this year’s Amir’s Cup after a 4-1 victory over Al Sadd in the final.