Excitement is building in Qatar and across the region for the start of the FIFA Arab Cup, as 16 national teams prepare to battle it out for the prestigious title from November 30 to December 18.
As part of the celebration of the beautiful game and Arab culture, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is planning a number of cultural activations for fans to enjoy during the tournament.
Those attending FIFA Arab Cup matches will experience pre- and post-match activations around five tournament venues: Al Bayt, Ahmad Bin Ali, Al Janoub, Al Thumama and Stadium 974. This will include music, dance, folklore and other performances from communities representing Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Morocco, Sudan and others.
Cultural activations will be located in the last mile area and Metro/bus stations near the stadiums, with a total of 200 performances in 60 locations set to take place during the tournament.
Away from the tournament venues, fans will have the opportunity to enjoy some exciting activations along the Doha Corniche – thanks to a collaboration between the SC, Qatar Tourism, the Ministry of Culture and Katara - the Cultural Village Foundation. Numerous performances will take place on three mini stages along the Corniche at the 11th Qatar International Food Festival, with performers coming from local communities that represent the participating teams in the tournament.
The Corniche activities will be open to the public on weekdays from 6pm to 10pm and on weekends from 5pm to midnight until December 3.
“The FIFA Arab Cup provides a wonderful opportunity for our diverse communities to be part of this important event, as Qatar prepares to host the world in a year’s time,” said Khaled al-Suwaidi, the SC’s Stakeholder Relations director. “These activations will enhance the atmosphere, as fans make their way to the stadiums for matches or to enjoy the sights of the Corniche in the daytime or evening.”
Qatar’s communities will also be given the opportunity to engage and interact with the tournament through the FIFA Arab Cup Trophy Experience. The gleaming prize is currently being exhibited at various community schools, centres and tourist attractions across the country. Fans can have their photographs taken with the trophy at numerous venues
Members of the public are reminded that Corniche Street will be closed to traffic in both directions until December 4. Road users are advised to take alternative routes or use public transportation. The latest traffic updates are available here
Tickets for the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021 are still available from FIFA.com/tickets. This includes a selection of affordable category 4 tickets costing QR25 each (Qatar residents only) for all matches, except the semi-finals and final. Every ticket holder must apply for a mandatory Hay’ya Card (Fan ID): fac21.qa