It’s going to be the Arab world’s biggest sporting extravaganza ever, the 22nd FIFA World cup. And Qatar, which won the right to host the 32-team competition, 10 years ago, is in a ready, get set, go mode, almost, to showcase the beautiful game of football from November 21 to December 18, next year. Qatar did not lose sight of the relevance of announcing the 500-day countdown to the event, even as the global football fans were riveted on the Copa America and the Euros. On the milestone event, Nasser Al Khater, CEO of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC, said: “500 days means we’re getting very close. It’s been 10 years in the making, and this will be the biggest event that’s ever happened in the Middle East. The compact nature is probably the most positive aspect of this World Cup. Fans won’t have to follow their team from city to city, which means there will be a significant cost saving, and this means they will have time to take in the ambience and enjoy what Qatar has to offer.” Five stadiums have been completed, three will be ready soon and six venues will play host to the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 in November-December. India’s Larsen & Toubro, and its local associate Al Balagh Trading & Contracting have constructed the 40,000-seat Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.