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Posted On: 11 January 2015 08:12 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 01:52 pm

Visitors to Qatar 2015 will Benefit from Highest Quality Spectator Services and Security

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The teams responsible for spectator services and security at the upcoming Men’s Handball World Championship are fully prepared to welcome thousands of sports fans to Doha when the matches begin on 15 January 2015.

Demand for tickets has been very good, as the two Committees have worked hard to ensure the high volume of visitors enjoy smooth and easy access to the three main venues.

The Spectator Services Committee will provide support for all spectators, covering the information booth operations, access control, and general spectator management.

As part of the preparations, the team has consulted the embassies of all participating countries, and has made all necessary arrangements for the different communities. Large crowds are expected, particularly for popular games that will attract people from neighbouring nations.

Ahmed Hassan Matar, Head of Spectator Services Committee, Qatar 2015, said: “We have a full plan in place to ensure that every visitor has an exciting and memorable experience. The ticketing system – which provides a range of standard and VIP tickets – should ensure that people can find their seats easily and quickly, and each match should be an exciting experience.”

“Demand for tickets has been very good. The direction and vision of H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of the Qatar 2015 Organising Committee, has helped ensure that interest in the event has been very strong, both in Qatar and internationally,” he added.

The Spectator Services Committee has been heavily involved in developing special Fan Zones at every venue. The Fan Zones will offer a range of foods to suit all tastes and air conditioned lounges. In addition, the Fan Zones will have free wi-fi and ATMs, as well as prayer rooms for visitors. People will be able to spend the whole day in the Fan Zones as part of their visit to the Men’s World Handball Championship.

For major events during Qatar 2015, such as the Opening Ceremony, visitors are being asked to arrive 75 minutes in advance of the opening time.

Managing this high volume of visitors and ensuring their safety is the responsibility of the Security Committee. The team has ensured that each venue is staffed by highly-trained, multi-lingual security staff. The Committee has tested all security processes and facilities during the IHF Super Globe Championship in 2014.

Abdullah Al Ghanim, Spokesperson for the Security Committee, Qatar 2015, said: “Security and safety are top priorities for Qatar 2015. We have a plan in place for athletes, VIPs and the public. We are confident that everything will go smoothly during the Championship. We will inspect, secure and supervise every venue, using advanced technologies to monitor, help and guide people around the venues.”

Qatar 2015 will issue a series of guidelines for visitors over the next week, offering advice for the spectators at the venues and during the Championship.

The 24th Men’s Handball World Championship will be the first event of its kind to be hosted in a single city and the first to be held in the GCC. The event will run from 15 January until the Grand Final on 1 February 2015.