Posted on June 17, 2016

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), in keeping with the neighborly spirit of Ramadan, has stepped up its engagement with all sections of Qatari society. The busy Ramadan program of the SC's community engagement division includes sponsorship of a number of football tournaments in Qatar and other GCC states. It also includes engagement with Qatari students abroad and interaction with foreign communities in Qatar, particularly those involved in 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar projects.

With Ramadan evenings across the GCC associated with football, the SC is sponsoring eight Ramadan tournaments this year in Qatar: Al-Kass, Al-Wajba, Sharat Al-Rayyan, Al-Khor, Al-Thakhira, Sumaisma, Al Wakrah, and the Media. "We're delighted to be able to share Qatari people's passion for football, particularly during the Holy Month. This is part of our commitment to use the hosting of the 2022 World Cup to promote local football culture," SC Community Engagement Manager Khalid Al Jumaily said of these sponsorships. After successfully sponsoring two GCC tournaments last year, the SC is sponsoring four tournaments in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman this year. "From our belief that the 2022 World Cup is a tournament for the entire region, we decided to expand our sponsorships this year," said Al Jumaily

"We're thrilled to have reached sponsorship agreements with the organizers of two popular football tournaments – the Al Roudan tournament in Kuwait and the Fireball tournament in Jeddah. These will be added to the Al-Seeb tournament in Oman and the Mondial Hisham Fulath in Bahrain, which we will sponsor for the second year running." Celebrating its 37th edition, the Al Roudan football tournament is one of the oldest, most popular and successful events of its kind in the region, allowing fans to watch international and Arab stars showcasing their skills. This year, the tournament has attracted stars like Brazilian PSG player David Luiz and UAE star Omar Abdulrahman. 

"I am proud that Qatar is hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup," Abdulrahman told SC website about Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup. "I am sure Qatar will host a great World Cup in 2022," Luiz said. "I have been to the country many times and have been impressed by its facilities and organizational capabilities. It is good that preparations for the tournament have started well in advance." The Fireball tournament, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, is the most popular Ramadan sports event in Saudi Arabia. A number of Saudi football stars participate regularly in this tournament, which attracts huge crowds every year. 

SC representatives will attend all the sponsored GCC tournaments at different times during Ramadan, Al Jumaily confirmed. "We will be present at the four tournaments to interact with the spectators, answer their questions, update them on preparations for the first World Cup in the Arab world, and register volunteers for our Volunteers Program." As part of its social responsibility, the SC's community engagement team works to integrate all foreign communities in Qatar into its Ramadan programs. One of the initiatives undertaken with this in mind is the annual Sohour banquet. 

"We must thank our Qatar-based friends who are helping us build the infrastructure for the world's largest sporting event," said Al Jumaily. "In true Arab tradition, we want to thank them by sharing this banquet with them and update them on our preparations for the world's most popular tournament." Another community engagement activity this year will be the organization of a gathering for Qatari students in the United Kingdom. This will complement the visits the community engagement team paid to four British cities earlier this year, the main objective of which was to inform and empower Qatari students to respond meaningfully to some of the perceptions surrounding Qatar's right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. 

"There was considerable interest from our students in the UK when we were there, and we now want everyone to benefit," Al Jumaily said of the Ramadan meeting. "To give a chance to those who were unable to attend the meetings in the UK, we decided to hold a Ramadan gathering here, especially since most of our students are now back in Qatar for the summer holidays."