Qatar: With only six months to go until the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East and Arab world, excitement for the tournament is reaching fever-pitch levels in Qatar and throughout the region.
During the Eid holiday, fans in Qatar will be able to catch a glimpse of the famous FIFA World Cup™ Original Trophy from 5-10 May as it visits tourist hotspots including Aspire Park, Lusail Marina, Souq Waqif and Msheireb Downtown Doha.
These events in Qatar will count as the send-off for the Original Trophy before it embarks on the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola – which will return to Doha for the opening match of the tournament at Al Bayt Stadium on 21 November.
Khalid Al Mawlawi, Deputy Director General, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said: “Excitement is building ahead of the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup – the first to be held in the Middle East and Arab world. We are only 200 days away from the opening match and we invite everyone in Qatar to seize the opportunity to appreciate the Original Trophy up close, before its amazing journey around the world begins.”
A host of special guests and football personalities will be present at all the public events – meaning extra excitement for the many fans who are sure to turn out. Fans will also be treated to a host of activities and have the chance to win tickets to the opening match of the tournament between Qatar and Ecuador.
The general public will be able to see the FIFA World Cup™ Original Trophy every evening from 6-9 PM. During the daytime, the trophy will be taken to various businesses and organisations, including in the health and education sectors. A special send-off event will be held at Katara on 10 May.
FIFA World Cup™ Original Trophy – Public Events in Qatar 5-9 May are as follows:
On Thursday 5 May- at Aspire Park, from 6-9 PM
On Friday 6 May- at Industrial Area – Cricket Stadium, from 6-9 PM
On Saturday 7 May- at Lusail Marina, from 6-9 PM
On Sunday 8 May- at Souq Waqif, from 6-9 PM
On Monday 9 May- at Msheireb Downtown Doha, from 6-9 PM