As the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023 moves into high gear, Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD) has emerged as a lively and engaging hub for football enthusiasts, offering an array of activities to celebrate the spirit of Asian football.
Visitors can revel in the excitement of the tournament with live screenings of matches at Barahat Msheireb, taking place daily from 4pm to 11pm until February 10. The evening games are projected onto M7.
According to the organisers, the live screening at MDD is a celebration of Asian football, creating a fitting and enjoyable atmosphere for spectators in the heart of Barahat Msheireb.
The venue has become a favourite location for many visitors, especially families, due to its football-themed activities designed for children’s enjoyment.
Hosting booths for the 24 participating countries in the tournament, Sikkat Wadi Msheireb has transformed into a vibrant celebration of customs and cultures as it features food, cultural exhibits, and craft experiences.
Such offerings provide an immersive opportunity for visitors to learn about the diverse cultures participating in the sports event. The various authentic Asian cuisines at food and beverage outlets also continue to entice foodies.
Sahat Wadi Msheireb, meanwhile, allows football fans to engage in friendly matches with its custom-built Human Foosball Arena. Up to 16 players can enter the cage at once, mimicking a regular foosball table, with live entertainment providing commentary and music. The registration fee for this unique experience is QR20.
MDD also offers a cultural feast for visitors as the tournament progresses as it is set to host live performances by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra on January 26 and 27, featuring World Football and Movie Classics. In addition, on February 4 and 5, visitors can enjoy Golden Classics from the Gulf Region. These ticketed performances start at 7:30 pm.
For cinema enthusiasts, MDD provides a journey into the world of Arab cinema through a unique exhibition at Sikkat Wadi Msheireb, available until Saturday. The exhibition presents a comprehensive view of the history and development of Arab cinema, with artistic works vividly reflecting the Palestinian reality.
Sikkat Wadi Msheireb features booths for the 24 participating countries in the tournament. PICTURE: Thajudheen
Msheireb Downtown Doha has become a melting pot of cultures, welcoming visitors from various countries since the start of the football tournament. PICTURE: Joey Aguilar
Sikkat Wadi Msheireb transformed into a vibrant celebration of customs and cultures as it features food, cultural exhibits, and craft experiences. PICTURE: Joey Aguilar