Doha, Qatar: From the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stages to the final, the Khalifa International Stadium (KIS) Fan Zone welcomed more than 85,000 football fans, thanks to the relentless and dedicated efforts of Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC).
Since day one, AZF has left no stone unturned to provide an unparalleled experience for community members in Qatar, who watched the 2018 World Cup Russia matches from the seats of the first completed venue of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.
The Fan Zone provided a sneak peek of what the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Fan Zone would be like.
Thousands of fans flocked to Khalifa International Stadium to experience football at its best, where they enjoyed the giant LED screen and the futuristic cooling technology that can lower temperatures down to the average of 23°C to beat Doha’s summer heat.
The KIS Fan Zone itself showcased what Qatar and Aspire Zone Foundation are good at: organising major international sporting events, particularly as the dream of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar will soon become a reality.
From planning to execution, AZF established the KIS Fan Zone from scratch with the support of its experienced logistics, hospitality, marketing, communications and hospitality teams.
Commenting on the successful organisation of the Fan Zone, Nasser Abdullah Al-Hajri, Director of PR and Communications at AZF said: “Aspire Zone Foundation was present at the heart of the world’s largest sporting event in Moscow, specifically at Majlis Qatar, which was honored by the visit of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani”.
“We have mustered all our organisational and human efforts to make KIS Fan Zone a success and provide a unique setting for community members in Qatar, where families and football fans alike can enjoy the world’s most popular tournament in an exciting and comfortable setting. Thanks to the collective efforts of our partners and sponsors, particularly the SC and Ooredoo, the Fan Zone was an unparalleled success, as evidenced by the huge public and media turnout”, Al Hajri added.
“Khalifa International Stadium constituted a link between the exciting World Cup in Russia and the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar as is the first completed venue of the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East”, Al Hajri concluded.
The KIS Fan Zone concluded on a special note for Qatar as the world welcomed the country as the hosts of the tournament. This moment was marked by a handover ceremony from Russian President Vladimir Putin to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, which took place before France sealed their place in the history books.