Qatar 2022 commemorative banknote unveiled


Banknote with stadium picture in Qatar Image: Qatar 2022

The Qatar Central Bank (QCB) held a special event to unveil a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ commemorative QAR 22 banknote. The event was attended by His Excellency Sheikh Bandar bin Mohammed bin Saoud Al Thani, QCB Governor, H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, and other important dignitaries.

‘Qatar 2022’ stated that during his opening speech, Al Thani said the note celebrates Qatar’s hard work and dedication in hosting the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East and Arab world.

Zürich (Switzerland)-based FIFA is an international governing body of association football, beach football and futsal. It was founded in 1904 to oversee international competition among the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Doha (Qatar)-based the Qatar Central Bank is the central bank of Qatar. The Qatar Central Bank was originally until 1993 known as the Qatar Monetary Agency, founded on May 13th, 1973 after Dubai joined the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and disengaged itself from the British monetary policy which the area had previously followed.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup™ is scheduled to be the 22nd running of the FIFA World Cup™ competition, the quadrennial international men’s football championship contested by the senior national teams of the member-associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Qatar from November 20th to December 18th, 2022.

The Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is the entity responsible for overseeing all construction and infrastructure projects for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.

‘Qatar 2022’ further stated that the Governor highlighted the strategic collaboration between QCB, the SC and FIFA to issue the distinguished and historical commemorative note, which bears the logo mark of this year’s FIFA World Cup™ and features the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor and the 80,000-capacity Lusail Stadium in Lusail – both in Qatar.

Al Thani presented the process for creating the note, which reflects Qatar’s cultural heritage and football history. It is the first commemorative note produced by the QCB to be made from polymer. The presentation included a short film about Qatar and the contribution of QCB to the development of the country’s economy.

Al Thani also discussed the measures taken by the QCB to develop banking and payment systems in Qatar in order to provide the best services for citizens, residents and visitors.

Al Thani thanked members of the SC and FIFA for the strategic partnership. He also thanked the QCB team behind this historic achievement.

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