Passengers at Hamad International Airport (HIA) were recently treated to an exclusive, surprise preview performance of Cirque du Soleil’s latest production – Messi 10 – which opens to the public this Thursday, 27 February.

Artists performed two 10-minute freestyle shows, interacting with passengers at the airport’s iconic grand foyer.

Messi 10 is an immersive experience which combines classical circus acts such as trampoline, trapeze and tightrope artists with never-before-seen disciplines, audio-visual material and videos highlighting Lionel Messi’s best plays, as well as exclusive images especially produced for the show. It tells the story of a young man with boundless ambition who overcomes all obstacles to become one of the greatest footballers of his time.

Cirque du Soleil has partnered with Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) to bring Messi 10 to Qatar, with support from Qatar Airways. Organised in collaboration with Alchemy Project Entertainment, the show will run from 27 February to 7 March at the Ali bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena.

Messi 10 comes to Doha as part of a limited tour through Barcelona, Buenos Aires, and other Argentinian cities. Tickets are available on TIXBOX.QA, and are priced from QAR295.

Qatar Airways Senior VP Marketing and Corporate Communications Salam Al Shawa, said they are thrilled to support Cirque du Soleil and QNTC to bring the incredible show to Doha.

Messi 10 combines two of our passions in Qatar – art and sport – and from what we have seen at the preview performance at HIA today, visitors and residents in Doha are in for a real treat. It’s just one of many incredible events taking place in Qatar this spring.

Chief Marketing Officer at QNTC Rashed Al-Qurese, said that Messi 10 is a celebration of a remarkable athlete, and QNTC is proud to bring Cirque du Soleil’s foray into football to Qatar.

Completing a successful premiere run in Barcelona, the show lands in Doha, marking its Asian and Middle Eastern debut. At QNTC, we focus on creating compelling experiences, and we understand the unique unifying power of sport as a complement to that.  We look forward to the acrobatic telling of Messi’s inspiring story, which heralds a busy spring for residents and visitors to Doha.

HIA is a destination for global travellers. With endless retail, dining, entertainment and wellness facilities, the expansive terminal has elevated the passenger’s airport experience in recent years.

HIA continues to be the entry point for travellers to discover Qatar, and the preferred transfer hub to discover the world. To further enhance the airport experience, HIA is currently undergoing an expansion to meet the growing demand for air travel and accommodate more than 53 million passengers by 2022 annually.