Qatar gears up for the World Cup with fan zones

STORY: James Tenyenhuis, a senior associate at James Corner Field Operations, which designed the plaza, said the idea of the venue is to provide families with an outdoor space to enjoy.

An Argentinian woman living in Qatar, Valeria Teplitzky, rushed to search for her country’s flag as soon as she entered the newly-opened flag Plaza in Doha on Wednesday (October 5).

Teplitzky was surrounded by her three children, all searching for her country’s flag with great excitement as the World Cup gets closer.

Meanwhile, fan zones in Doha were seen being constructed in preparation for the tournament, which starts on November 20.

Qatar is the first Middle East country to host a soccer World Cup and the smallest nation to do so. With a population of less than 3 million people, it will host an influx of about 1.2 million fans - an unprecedented challenge for the Gulf Arab state.