The superstar players of Paris Saint-Germain ended their 2017 with a stunning world first – a game on a floating football pitch during the club’s Qatar Winter Tour 2017 this week. The friendly game saw the team playing atop the pitch on the stunning waters of the Arabian Gulf against the dramatic backdrop of Doha’s glittering skyline. The event concluded their time in Qatar as part of the traditional mid-season Qatar Winter Tour.
In addition to recording a world’s first, the team also met with thousands of Qatari football fans and indulged in cultural activities organised by the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA). The team’s packed itinerary included a trip to the magnificent Qatari sand dunes and a taste of Arabian hospitality at a traditional campsite, a visit to the Msheireb Museums and a traditional Qatari meal on top of Shangri-La Hotel, with a stunning view of the iconic Doha Corniche.
Rashed Al Qurese, Chief Marketing and Promotion Officer at QTA said they are delighted to have once again hosted the Paris Saint-Germain squad in Qatar to explore and enjoy what the country has to offer.
We are particularly excited to have the team spread Qatar’s message of welcome to the world, following the country’s announcement of visa-free entry to 80 nationalities.’
To connect with fans – several players took part in a public signing session and a training clinic led by coach Unai Emery. In addition, Qatari player Aameghessib and France’s Mannika took part in an E-sports tournament.
Since 2012, QTA and Paris Saint-Germain have worked on a strategic partnership to promote Qatar’s sport and leisure tourism offerings. QTA has hosted several tours for Paris Saint-Germain teams, including the Qatar Handball Tour 2014 and the Qatar Ladies Tour 2015 and the Qatar Winter Tours in 2013 and 2015.
For more information about the Paris Saint-Germain visit, check out the QTA website at visitqatar.qa.