Community engagement at heart of Al Thumama Stadium inauguration
October 19 2021 11:19 PM
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A number of performances from different community groups will welcome supporters during the build-up
A number of performances from different community groups will welcome supporters during the build-up to the big game between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd, which will mark the inauguration of Qatar’s sixth FIFA World Cup tournament venue.

* Series of activities held during build-up to Amir Cup final with many more awaiting fans on match day
 
 
Fans attending the Amir Cup final on October 22 at Al Thumama Stadium can expect a series of activations when they approach the venue, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has said. A number of performances from different community groups will welcome supporters during the build-up to the big game between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd, which will mark the inauguration of Qatar’s sixth FIFA World Cup tournament venue.
Many of the match day activations will celebrate the stadium’s design, which was inspired by the ‘gahfiya’, a head cap worn by men and boys across the region. These will include a headwear exhibition, which will showcase different traditions from around the world, and a crowdsourced public art installation that will see fans pin their own 'gahfiya', inscribed with a personal message.
What awaits fans at the stadium will be the culmination of a series of events organised by the SC in the build-up to the match. These have included majlis visits to Al Thumama residents, along with activities organised in partnership with the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) and Friends of the Environment Centre.
In partnership with the national museum, members of the community took part in a printmaking and knitting session, where participants were encouraged to create various 'gahfiya' patterns in a series of art workshops. This included a family day, where visitors were given the opportunity to print symbols inspired by the stadium’s design on shirts and bags. NMoQ, which has had the Amir Cup logo projected on its façade, also hosted a seminar by Al Thumama Stadium architect Ibrahim M Jaidah, where he discussed the venue’s design in detail.
Another event saw families invited to an awareness session about the ‘Thumam’, an indigenous plant renamed in honour of the stadium. The activity was organised in collaboration with Friends of the Environment Centre and involved numerous participants, including school children and community members from the Al Thumama area.
Khaled al-Suwaidi, the SC’s Stakeholder Relations senior manager, said: “We are proud to have involved many members of the Al Thumama community and beyond during the lead-up to the inauguration. Thanks to strong collaboration with a range of stakeholders, we have been able to create an exciting and culturally enriching experience for people throughout the country.”
Al-Suwaidi added, “Community engagement has been at the heart of our preparations from the moment Qatar won the right to host the World Cup. The involvement of residents from our many community groups has always been key to the success of the tournament and thanks to their support we will ensure Qatar 2022 is a truly memorable event for everyone in the country.”
The 40,000-capacity Al Thumama Stadium is set to host matches up to the quarter-finals stage during Qatar 2022. It will also be a key venue during the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021, which will take place from November 30 to December 18.
There is still time to book a seat for the Amir Cup final on Friday. One has to visit tickets.qfa.qa to book a seat before applying for the mandatory Fan ID from https://ac21.qa/
 
 



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