A visitor takes a smartphone photograph pitch side at the Al Thumama football stadium in Doha, Qatar, on Monday, June 20, 2022. The stadium will be a venue for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Photographer: Christopher Pike/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The opening ceremony of the World Cup will take place on Nov. 20, ahead of the opening Group A match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador. The opening ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1400 GMT. The original plan was for the opening ceremony to be held before Qatar’s first game on Nov. 21, which would have created the unusual situation of two games being held before it. The opening match was then brought forward by a day.
Ecuadorean President Guillermo Lasso said he will not attend his nation’s high-profile opening match against Qatar, citing domestic unrest. The ceremony will be held at the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium located 40km north of Doha. Named and designed after the tents used by nomads in the Gulf, the Al Bayt Stadium is the farthest venue from central Doha but also one of the biggest and has a retractable roof. FIFA is yet to announce a full list of performers for the 2022 World Cup opening ceremony. However South Korea’s BTS said Jungkook, one of seven members of the boy band, will perform at the ceremony. Other names reported to be involved in the opening ceremony include Colombian pop star Shakira, who sang the 2010 World Cup’s official song, the Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams and Nora Fatehi, according to The Telegraph.British singer Dua Lipa denied a report that she was set to perform at the ceremony. Singer Rod Stewart told The Times he had turned down an offer of “over $1 million” to perform in Qatar.