HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar:
This achievement is a big one for all Arab countries and I hope that Qatar will successfully stage this tournament. We can promise that the infrastructure will be in place and that all Arabs will support our efforts. It was a difficult moment for us because the team headed by Sheikh Mohammad had a big hill to climb and it would have been difficult if we lost. But even if that happened, we wouldn't have given up and we would have doubled our efforts. A lot of people think that we are a small country, but we can accomplish great things.