Doha – With a little under 2,022 days until the Qatar World Cup kicks-off, the tiny yet hugely ambitious Gulf state will officially unveil the tournament’s first completed venue on Friday.

The Khalifa International Stadium — complete with the much-talked-about cooling technology that was central to Qatar’s controversial bid for the World Cup — will host the country’s biggest domestic cup competition, The Emir Cup final.

On the pitch it will be a battle between arguably the country’s biggest teams, Al Sadd, skippered by Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez, and Al Rayyan.

But off the pitch, the stadium will provide a solid example of Qatar’s progress for the World Cup, a mere 2012 days before the tournament kicks-off.

© AFP KARIM JAAFAR Doha's Khalifa International Stadium is seen on May 18, 2017, after it was refurbished ahead of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup

© AFP KARIM JAAFAR – Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium is seen on May 18, 2017, after it was refurbished ahead of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup