Souq Waqif stands out as a hub of football fandom during Asian Cup

Souq Waqif stands out as a hub of football fandom during Asian Cup By Fathimath Nasli - January 30, 2024
Souq Waqif stands out as a hub of football fandom during Asian Cup

Souq Waqif

In a demonstration of football's unifying influence, Souq Waqif has evolved into a vibrant hub for fervent fans during the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023, especially as the competition progresses to its knockout phase. Each afternoon and evening, the traditional market attracts hundreds of enthusiasts, transforming it into a lively manifestation of team camaraderie.

Over the last fortnight, Souq Waqif has turned into a central gathering point for fans hailing from both local and international origins.

The market is flooded with musical instruments, enormous flags, and complete fan outfits, creating a spirited atmosphere as supporters passionately back their preferred teams.

The epicenter of the excitement, featuring crowd cheers and exhibitions of football prowess, unfolds around the Pouce (Thumb) public artwork by César Baldaccini.

The essence of the Asian Cup permeates the traditional market through a plethora of artworks, stalls, and kiosks, fostering a dynamic ambiance as football enthusiasm sweeps across the entire nation.

Large flags representing the Asian nations participating in the tournament embellish the streets of Souq Waqif, creating a vibrant tapestry of colors.

In a manner reminiscent of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, market establishments capitalize on the occasion by offering an array of memorabilia, including jerseys, shirts, scarves, shawls, flags, keychains, country flag sunglasses, bracelets, and caps.

Hassad Omar has observed a notable surge in sales since the tournament's commencement, with shawls and shirts emerging as the top-selling items. Badr, who has been working at Souq Waqif for over eight years, expressed contentment with the vivacity the tournament has infused into the market. "It's gratifying that, especially in these times, the market comes to life, particularly at night.

The tournament has given a boost to our sales, and we hope to sustain this momentum every day. The atmosphere is electric, everyone is in high spirits, and all are reveling in the football festivities."

Source: The Peninsula

By Fathimath Nasli - January 30, 2024

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