More than 70,000 fans thronged Qatar Fan Zone (QFZ) at the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena from June 14, when it opened its doors to the public for free, until July 15, to enjoy a taste of what is to come in 2022 when Qatar hosts the FIFA World Cup, the organisers have said.
QFZ wrapped up the carnival-like activities following a month of intense football fever.
Thanks to its giant screens, visitors were able to enjoy live screenings of all 64 matches, including simultaneous matches in the group stage in a stadium-like atmosphere.
In addition, QFZ’s visitors were 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 used innovative live streaming technology to connect QFZ’s visitors to portals placed across football fan hotspots in Moscow and St Petersburg.
Qatar Fan Zone was organised by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), Ministry of Culture and Sports and Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA).
QFZ’s visitors were treated to entertainment shows and live music performances.
Nasser al-Khater, assistant secretary-general for Tournament Affairs at the SC, said: “We’ve been delighted to give people here in Qatar a real taste of what’s to come when we host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The atmosphere at the Fan Zone has been incredible and provided just a glimpse of what it will be like in just over four years’ time.
"The biggest sporting event in the world will soon be upon us and we can’t wait to bring Qatar’s communities, and 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, 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 & Promotion officer at QTA, said: “We are very grateful for the unique input our partners at the Supreme Committee and Ministry of Culture and Sports have brought to this highly successful fan zone. We look forward to continue working with our 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 strengthen Qatar's position as an attractive tourism destination."
Saud Aldolaimi, director of PR and Communication at the ministry, noted: “I would like to thank all of those involved in putting on such a magnificent event, and especially the teams at the 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 sport and I’m looking forward to working with both bodies as we get ready to welcome the world in Qatar in 2022.”
QFZ, presented by 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 powered by Vodafone Qatar as the official telecommunications partner and supported by W Doha Hotel & Residences, the official hospitality partner.