Posted on July 19, 2018

From the beginning of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ group stages to the final match, the Khalifa International Stadium (KIS) Fan Zone has catered for more than 85,000 football fans, thanks to the relentless and dedicated efforts of Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC).

Since day one, AZF has left no stone unturned to provide an unparalleled experience for community members in Qatar, who watched the 2018 World Cup Russia™ matches from the seats of the first completed venue of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.

The Fan Zone provided a sneak peak of what the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Fan Zone would be like

Thousands of fans flocked to Khalifa International Stadium to experience football at its best, where they enjoyed the giant LED screen and the futuristic cooling technology that can lower temperatures down to the average of 23˚C to beat Doha’s summer heat. The KIS Fan Zone itself showcased what Qatar and Aspire Zone Foundation are good at: organising major international sporting events, particularly as the dream of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ will soon become a reality. From planning to execution, AZF established the KIS Fan Zone from scratch with the support of its experienced logistics, hospitality, marketing, communications and hospitality teams.

Commenting on the successful organisation of the Fan Zone, Mr. Nasser Abdullah Al-Hajri, Director of PR and Communications at AZF said: “Aspire Zone Foundation was present at the heart of the world’s largest sporting event in Moscow, specifically at Majlis Qatar, which was honored by the visit of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani”. “We have mustered all our organisational and human efforts to make KIS Fan Zone a success and provide a unique setting for community members in Qatar, where families and football fans alike can enjoy the world’s most popular tournament in an exciting and comfortable setting. Thanks to the collective efforts of our partners and sponsors, particularly the SC and Ooredoo, the Fan Zone was an unparalleled success, as evidenced by the huge public and media turnout”, Al-Hajri added.

“Khalifa International Stadium constituted a link between the exciting World Cup in Russia and the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ as is the first completed venue of the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East”, Al-Hajri concluded.

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Huge turnout from media representatives

The KIS Fan Zone concluded on a positive note as the world welcomed Qatar as the next host nation of the tournament. This moment was marked by a handover ceremony from Russian President Vladimir Putin to His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, which took place before France sealed their place in the history books by becoming the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ winners. More than 150 media representatives and cameramen from more than 25 local, pan-Arab and international media outlets, including giant South American broadcasters TV Globo (Brazil) and Univision / Telemundo (Mexico).

Facts and Figures

  • More than 85,000 fans watched the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ at the Khalifa International Stadium
  • The average temperature of Khalifa International Stadium was 23˚C
  • More than 150 journalists covered the Fan Zone activities from 25 local, regional and international media outlets

Impressions from the VIPs in attendance

His Excellency the Ambassador of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria to Qatar, Mr. Abdelaziz Sebaa: “The atmosphere amongst spectators was excellent and it felt just like watching a match from the stands. Aspire Zone Foundation has done a great job with the Fan Zone at Khalifa International Stadium.”

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His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to Qatar, Mr. Saleh Al Salhi: “We supported the Tunisian national team here from the iconic Khalifa International Stadium Fan Zone along with many diplomats and ambassadors from fellow Arab and African countries. Thanks to the stadium’s advanced cooling technology, we felt as if we were watching the games in winter.” His Excellency the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Qatar, Mr. Nabil Zniber: It [was] a pleasure to see so many members of the Moroccan and Arab communities cheering on our national team during their first 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ matches.”

His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Benin to Qatar, Mr. Mohamed Bare: “I was very impressed with the organisation and to see so many football fans turn out to watch the matches. I thank the organisers at Aspire Zone Foundation for their efforts.” Representative of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Dr. Tayseer Al Shanableh: “I would like to thank the organisers of this iconic stadium. The vibe was very impressive, and the fans’ enthusiasm was extraordinary. It felt like I was following the matches in Moscow.”

General Manager of Al Rayyan Satellite Channel, Mr. Sabah Al Kuwari: “The exciting atmosphere we experienced in Khalifa International Stadium Fan Zone gave us a sneak peek for what’s to come in four years’ time, come the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. I’d like to extend my thanks to the organisers for organising this wonderful Fan Zone.” General Manager of Al-Kass Sports Channels, Mr. Essa Bin Abdullah Al Hitmi: “The atmosphere in the stadium was very exciting and lively. We feel as if we were watching the games from Russia. I was particularly impressed with the cooling technology that lowered the temperature to 22˚C.”


This year’s Fan Zone was sponsored by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (Main Partner), Ooredoo (Main Sponsor), Al-Attiyah Motors and Trading Company, Mannai Trading Co. WLL (Cisco), Witr Jewellery, Royal Air Maroc (RAM) and Pepsi.