Throughout the knockout stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, Qatar Fan Zone at the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena will open its doors to the public at 4 pm and close at midnight.

The Fan Zone’s new opening times accommodate the different match schedule for the remaining two weeks of the tournament and will be open only on days when matches are being played.

After a short break on Friday, the Fan Zone re-opens on Saturday 30 June with an interactive show by female football freestyler, Raquel Bennett at 4 pm. The Brazilian internet sensation’s show will be followed by a fluorescent performance by an LED drummer troupe before the live screening of the 5 pm match.

Qatar Fan Zone has welcomed more than 43,963 visitors so far, with fans benefiting from the Fan Zone’s unique ability to show two matches at the same time thanks to dual screens. Matches featuring the Arab nations recorded the highest number of visitors, and football fans added music enthusiasts to their rank as they enjoyed live music performances by Moroccan star Hatim Ammor and world-renowned Rai icon Cheb Khaled.

Upcoming free music performances will begin at the quarter-finals stage of the month-long tournament, and will feature Iraqi singer Mohammed Al Fares on Friday 6 July and Lebanese artist Ziad Bourji on Saturday 7 July, both at 7:30 pm.

Kuwaiti star Essa Almarzoug is also expected to take the stage during the semi-finals on Tuesday 10 July at 7:30 pm, followed by his compatriot star Ibrahim Dashti at the same time the next day (Wednesday 11 July).

Qatar Fan Zone is part of this year’s Qatar Summer Festival, which kicked off on the first day of Eid Al-Fitr. Organised by the Qatar Tourism Authority, 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.