FIFA World Cup 2022: Who is performing in the opening ceremony at Al Bayt Stadium?

FIFA World Cup 2022 opening ceremony will be held on November 20, hours ahead of the opening match of the tournament between hosts Qatar and Ecuador.

The opening ceremony is expected to be a glittery affair with Doha expected to make use of the platform to put on a spectacle and set the right tone for arguably the biggest sporting spectacle in the world.

Qatar would hope all the criticism around the Arab country hosting the World Cup will take a break when the action gets underway with the opening ceremony Al Bayt Stadium.

A number of players and coaches have voiced out against Qatar hosting the World Cup, saying it's too small a county to host a tournament of such magnitude.

Concerns about human rights and discrimination have also been vehemently raised in the lead-up to the tournament, leading to fans of several teams boycotting the football spectacle.

FIFA World Cup organisers had to bring forward Qatar's opening game as the hosts were initially scheduled to play on November 21.

The opening ceremony was initially scheduled to be held before Qatar's first match, which would have led to the unusual situation of the ceremony being held after a couple of games.

The opening ceremony will be held at the Al Bayt Stadium, which is 40km north of Doha in Al Khor. The stadium has a retractable roof and a seating capacity of 60,000.

The opening ceremony will start at 2 pm GMT on Sunday, November 20. (7:30 pm IST).

FIFA is yet to announce a full list of performers for the 2022 World Cup opening ceremony. * 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, news agency Reuters reported.

* British singer Dua Lipa denied a report that she was set to perform at the ceremony.

* Singer Rod Stewart said he had turned down an offer of "over $1 million" to perform in Qatar.