More than 25,000 football fans from all over Qatar attended the Khalifa International Stadium Fan Zone in the first week, since it opened on June 15.
Organised by Aspire Zone Foundation in collaboration with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Arab teams’ matches, particularly for Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, saw the highest number of attendees, along with big matches that include football giants Argentina and Brazil against Croatia and Switzerland respectively.
The Khalifa International Stadium Fan Zone attracted a number of dignitaries, including the ambassador of Tunisia Salah al-Salhi, ambassador of Morocco, Nabil Zniber, ambassador of Algeria, Abdelaziz Sebaa, ambassador of Sudan Fath al-Rahman Ali Mohamed and ambassador of Benin Mohamed Bare.
A number of diplomats and prominent media personalities were also present, including the general manager of Al Kass Sports Channels Essa bin Abdullah al-Hitmi, and Aljazeera presenter, Mohamed Krishan, among others.
Ambassador of Tunisia al-Salhi, said, “We supported the Tunisian national team here from the iconic Khalifa International Stadium Fan Zone along with many diplomats and ambassadors from fellow Arab and African countries. Thanks to the stadium’s cooling technology, we felt as if we were watching the games in winter.”
Al-Hitmi, added, “I’m here at the Khalifa International Stadium Fan Zone to support the Tunisian national team in their match against England. The atmosphere in the stadium is very exciting and lively. We feel as if we’re watching the games from Russia. I’m impressed with the cooling technology that has successfully lowered the temperature to 22?C.”
The Khalifa International Stadium Fan Zone also received wide media coverage from local and international media outlets who attended on a daily basis to showcase the huge number of fans and showcase their reactions while watching the games. These include BeIN Sports, Al Kass Sports Channels, Aljazeera, Qatar Television in addition to other local TV outlets including Al Rayyan and local newspapers. There was also a big presence of East Asian radio channels at the Fan Zone from Malayalam 98.6 FM, ONE FM Qatar 89.6, Radio Olive 106.3 FM and Radio Suno 91.7 FM.
Many fans in attendance noted that they were quite impressed with the Khalifa International Stadium Fan Zone, and praised the efforts made by Aspire Zone Foundation and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy for organising it.
This year’s Fan Zone is sponsored by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (Main Partner) and Ooredoo (Main Sponsor), as well as Al Attiya Motors and Trading Co., Mannai Trading CO. WLL (CISCO), Witr Jewellery, Royal Air Maroc (RAM) and Pepsi.
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