Over 70,000 fans welcomed at Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena throughout month-long tournament
Following a month of intense football fever, Qatar Fan Zone (QFZ) has wrapped up the carnival-like activities at the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena. Since first opening its doors to the public this June, more than 70,000 fans have been to the Fan Zone to enjoy a taste of what’s to come in 2022 when Qatar hosts the FIFA World Cup™.
Thanks to its giant screens, visitors were able to enjoy live screenings of all 64 matches, including the simultaneous matches of the Groups Stages in a stadium-like atmosphere. QFZ visitors were also treated to entertainment shows and live music performances by stars from across the Arab world. A special feature of QFZ was the ‘Qatar-Russia Portal’ which utilised innovative live streaming technology to connect QFZ visitors to portals placed across football fan hotspots in Moscow and St Petersburg.
Qatar Fan Zone was organised by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), the Ministry of Culture and Sports (MoCS) and Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA).
Nasser Al Khater, Assistant Secretary General of Tournament Affairs at SC, said the atmosphere at the Fan Zone has been incredible and provided a glimpse of what it will be like in Qatar just over four years.
The biggest sporting event in the world will soon be upon us and we can’t wait to bring the world, on our incredible journey along the road to 2022.’
Qatar Fan Zone has been a highlight of this year’s Qatar Summer Festival (QSF), which kicked off on the first day of Eid Al Fitr. Organised by QTA, the 11-week festival is a nationwide celebration of the country’s diverse retail and hospitality offerings, complemented by a host of entertainment and sports activities.
Rashed Al Qurese, Chief Marketing and Promotion Officer at QTA, said they look forward to continue working with their partners across multiple sectors to implement the Next Chapter of Qatar National Tourism Strategy 2018-2023 which identifies sports tourism as a priority sub-sector for strengthening Qatar’s position as an attractive tourism destination.
Saud Aldolaimi, Director of PR and Communication at MoCS expressed his thanks to everyone involved in putting together the event, especially the teams at SC and QTA.
Qatar Fan Zone’s success is an example of what can be achieved with the collaborative efforts of the country’s different organisations. Events like these really bring to life the country’s passion for culture and sports and we looking forward to working with both bodies as we get ready to welcome the world in Qatar in 2022.’
Qatar Fan Zone, which also featured Qatari stand-up comedian Hamad Al Amari, offered an array of international cultural performances throughout the tournament, including a Moroccan band performance, Russian folk dances, Pixel Poi and Diabolo shows, roaming parades and LED drummers.
Qatar Fan Zone was also supported by Vodafone Qatar and by W Doha Hotel and Residences.