Qatar opening ceremony: a celebration of pan-Arab culture

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Music from around the Arab world and regional solidarity were at the forefront of yesterday’s glamorous opening ceremony to kick off the Qatar World Cup. Voices from the last 70 years, from the world-famous Egyptian icon Umm Kulthoum to young Qatari rappers, were brought together with messages of solidarity and unity across a divided Arab world. Different styles, new technologies and rhythmic fusions showcased the very best of Arabic talent in a star-studded whirlwind performance – against a backdrop of fireworks, dancers and stunning lights. Amid extensive critical media coverage, however, fo…

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