The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) launched Thursday a series of activations at two major malls in Qatar, marking the 100 days countdown to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the country.
A large number of football fans thronged the activations and competitions at Doha Festival City (DHFC) and Place Vendome from 12noon to 10pm. Mall of Qatar (MoQ) is set to kick off a two-day activation from Friday (August 12) – the start of SC’s 'the 100 days to go' countdown for the tournament. It will also be the venue for the grand finale event Saturday (August 13).
SC noted that participants can win a FIFA World Cup (category 1) ticket to the opening match between Qatar v Ecuador at the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium on November 20 by getting the highest score on each day.
Filipino expatriate John B, who was among the first five mall-goers to participate, lauded SC’s activations, saying it provided residents and visitors a chance to be part of the World Cup countdown, besides possibly winning a ticket.
“Kicking the ball towards a particular target was really challenging, but nonetheless, I enjoyed all the activities here at the mall,” he said, showing his 21st ranking after completing the challenges.
According to SC, those who want to participate in the competition must register first via a QR code, which is posted at the malls’ activation areas.
SC’s mall activations also serve as special bonding moments for many parents and their children who are spending their weekend indoors – an opportunity to play together as they test their football and agility skills.
The activations offer a feel of the prestigious tournament, taking place for the first time in the Middle East and the Arab world from November 20 to December 18.
MoQ’s Oasis area will be hosting a number of competitions and exciting games, in addition to a flash mob performance at 4pm and at 8.30pm, before announcing a winner for the day.
Mall-goers get to enjoy some entertainment shows and community performances, apart from the activations’ football activities, e-gaming, and special giveaways.
Football fans taking part in these SC activities at the three major malls in Qatar are advised to strictly follow Covid-19 health and safety protocols.
It is learnt that several sports competitions, cultural events and activities, conferences, and exhibitions across the country, including the Street Child World Cup Doha 2022 from October 5 to 15, are expected to take place in the lead up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
DHFC hosts an SC activation, which kicked off Thursday and attracted a large number of participants. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam.