The winner of the Best Commemorative Banknote was the Qatar Central Bank for the 22 riyal issued to mark the FIFA World Cup, which took place in the country from 18 November to 20 December. The unusual denomination was chosen to align with the 22nd football tournament taking place in 2022.
The note, which is printed on De La Rue’s SAFEGUARD®, is not only the first commemorative banknote to be issued in Qatar, but the first to be produced on polymer.
Images on the front of the note include the Qatar coat of arms, a skyline of modern and old buildings, and the Lusail Iconic Stadium. The reverse depicts Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, an Arab sailing ship (dhow) and Al Zubara Fort.
Also featured are the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 logo and the World Cup Trophy, which appear in transparent windows and can be seen from both sides of the notes.