Fact check: Dubai Run 2022 video wrongly linked to FIFA World Cup in Qatar | News Bharat

In the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, 31 teams are competing in the global team tournament that started on November 20, 2022. The first match of the tournament was played between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Stadium Byte.

Against the backdrop, a viral video showing a large crowd gathered on a road is doing the rounds on social media. Users have shared the video claiming it is of soccer fans outside the Doha Stadium in Qatar, during the FIFA World Cup.

A Facebook user published the viral video with a caption: Qatar Stadium gate opening (English translation: After opening the gate of the stadium in Doha, Qatar)

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NewsMobile checked the viral video and found it to be fake.

Looking closely at the first frame of the video, we can see “DUBAI RUN” written on the top of the arch door, indicating that the video could be from Dubai.

By performing a reverse keyframe image search, we traced a YouTube Short Films Video, dated November 20, 2022, posted on an unverified channel. This uploaded clip is an exact match to the viral video, with the description reporting that the footage is from Dubai Run 2022, where over 193,000 people took part.

Another article, titled: Hamdan leads Dubai Run record, published by Asian Lite a United Arab Emirates media house, dated November 21, 2022, also shows the archway we see in the viral video.

In addition, the article reports that Race of Dubaia city-wide initiative by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, is organized to promote an active lifestyle among the city’s citizens and is one of the highlights of the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC), which aims to make Dubai the most active city in the world.

So, we can conclusively say that the viral video, which claims a massive rally outside the Doha football stadium before the first match of the FIFA World Cup, is FAKE.

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