SC meets with members of Al Thumama community ahead of stadium inauguration
Members of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) have conducted a series of majlis visits in the Al Thumama area. Throughout the Arab world, the majlis is a part of the home, usually detached, where guests are welcome. During these visits, the SC team discussed plans related to the inauguration of Al Thumama Stadium, which will take place on 22 October when it hosts the Amir Cup Final between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd.
The SC delegation was led by Khalid Al Mawlawi, Chief of Tournament Experience, and Eng. Jassim Telafet, Competitions Venues Executive Director. During the visits, operational plans related to the stadium’s inauguration, including temporary traffic disruptions, were discussed. The 40,000-capacity venue will become the sixth FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ stadium to be launched after Khalifa International, Al Janoub, Education City, Ahmad Bin Ali and Al Bayt.
“With just over a year to go until Qatar 2022, community engagement remains at the heart of our work. Only through ensuring that the people of Qatar, and the different communities that reside here, are a part of this great journey, can we deliver a successful tournament,” said Al Mawlawi.
“For Al Thumama residents, having a stadium designed to honour the gahfiya, a piece of clothing they will have worn throughout their lives, adds even more cultural significance to the stadium, a legacy which they will be sure to revel in long after the World Cup,” added Al Mawlawi.
Khaled Al Suwaidi, the SC’s Stakeholder Relations Senior Manager, said: “Being in touch with local majlises has been a pivotal element of World Cup preparations, starting from the construction of tournament venues to the hosting of milestone events, such as the Amir Cup and other tournaments.”
"We are always keen to consult the Qatari community, particularly with regards to events taking place in their neighbourhoods. Based on the feedback we receive, we then coordinate with the relevant authorities to ensure that all of our tournament preparations are in the interests of the public,” added Al Suwaidi.
Members of the Al Thumama community have praised the SC for facilitating majlis visits, saying the sessions were fruitful and informative, and that event organisers have made sure disruptions to the neighbourhood remain at a minimum in the build-up to the event.
The Amir Cup Final between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd will take place on Friday, 22 October (kick-off 7 PM). The inauguration ceremony will begin at 6:30 PM. Those wishing to attend must apply for a mandatory Fan ID: https://ac21.qa.