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Posted On: 20 December 2022 05:00 pm
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FIFA Fan Festival Highlights

Cassandra Pallagud
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The FIFA Fan Festival has been the hub of celebrations for World Cup fans outside the stadiums. With international acts being performed on the big stage every night, live match screening across 4 large screens, and numerous activation zones, the FIFA Fan Festival at Al Bidda Park has been an unforgettable experience for all.

The (ILQ) team has put together a list of highlights of the events that transpired at the spectacular FIFA Fan Festival.

FIFA Fan Festival Test Event

To ensure everything is well and ready for the biggest international tournament in Qatar, the FIFA Fan Festival hosted a Test Event on 16 November 2022, prior to its official opening, that saw special performances by Rodrigo Teaser, a world-renowned Michael Jackson impersonator.

Over 40,000 fans witnessed the official opening of the FIFA Fan Festival

On 19 November 2022, the FIFA Fan Festival officially opened and was attended by over 40,000 World Cup fans. Visitors enjoyed endless festivities, celebrations, and musical performances by Myriam Fares and Maluma where they sang the official FIFA Fan Festival Anthem titled ‘Tukoh Taka’.

Nearly 2 million fans from across the world enjoy the FIFA Fan Festival™ in Doha

Nearly 2 million fans from across the world enjoy the FIFA Fan Festival™ in Doha
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The FIFA Fan Festival™ at Al Bidda Park in Doha has seen more than 1.8 million fans enjoy the live broadcast of games and the vibrant entertainment at the venue.

The 145,000 square meter and 40,000 capacity venue has welcomed an average of 70,000 visitors daily, with 146 music artists performing 162 hours of live music and more than 700,000 beverages sold throughout the tournament.

Fans came together to return a lost wallet

World Cup fans in Qatar are like no other. Truly living up to Qatar’s reputation as one of the safest communities in the world, a woman shared her experience first-hand. Having lost her wallet during the festivities, she shares that her wallet was returned to her without any loss after just one hour of looking for it.

Our QTip host, Hamad Al-Amari, was the host of the FIFA Fan Festival

Our very own Hamad Al Amari, one of the talented hosts of our popular show QTips, was the host of the FIFA Fan Festival. He took the stage every night to entertain visitors and make them laugh and dance.

We're proud of Hamad and how he has shared his incredible talent with the fans!

Dancing robot

Joining the fun and celebrations at the FIFA Fan Festival was a dancing robot! The droid showed off its dance moves to the fans' delight. How cool is that?!

Fans’ Cup at FIFA Fan Festival

The football hype surely took over as fans participated in a special sports event, Fans’ Cup, at the FIFA Fan Festival playground. The event witnessed 32 teams made up of tournament fans representing the World Cup participating countries from 29 November 2022 until 2 December 2022.

Nora Fatehi performed Light the Sky Up

International artist Nora Fatehi, one of the singers who brought the popular FIFA World Cup track ‘Light the Sky Up’ to life, took the stage at the FIFA Fan Festival on 29 November 2022 to perform the hit song.

FIFA Fan Festival attendance hit 1 million visitors

On 2 December 2022, the FIFA Fan Festival hit 1 million all-time visitors. To commemorate the milestone, the 1 millionth fan was awarded complimentary World Cup finals tickets. Local resident Haytham Mokhtar and his friend Sara won the tickets along with an official match ball signed by football legends.

GIMS performs Arhbo at FIFA Fan Festival

The popular FIFA World Cup 2022 track Arhbo took over the festivities with its catchy tunes. GIMS, one of the singers of the track, graced the stage of the FIFA Fan Festival on 3 December 2022 to perform the hit track.

Calvin Harris performs at FIFA Fan Festival

One of the most popular DJs in the world, Calvin Harris, performed at the FIFA Fan Festival creating a truly vibrant atmosphere for fans to dance the night away.


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