In just a matter of days, 32 national teams from every corner of the globe are set to battle it out over a month to see who will bring home the iconic World Cup trophy. While almost half the world’s population will tune in to watch the games and place football bets, around 1.2 million football fans are set to visit Qatar to watch the games in person. Qatar has transformed itself into an entertainment hub in preparation for the World Cup with several nightclubs, fan festivals, and music festivals opening their doors. With performances by world-class DJs and A-list bands, we put together a list of all things nightlife going on for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
FIFA Fan Festival
The official FIFA Fan Festival at Al Bidda Park will be the perfect place to soak up the buzzing atmosphere of the 2022 Qatar World Cup. With up to 40,000 fans from all over the world and large screens showing the matches live, the FIFA Fan Festival is set to be an international festival of all things football. However, alongside screens showing the matches live, the FIFA Fan Festival will also host its own FIFA Museum detailing the history of football and concerts throughout the whole tournament, with performances from the likes of Julian Marley and Hassan Shakosh.
Open throughout the entire duration of the tournament for an incredible 19 hours a day, the Arcadia festival accompanying the 2022 World Cup is an electronic music festival to keep football fans entertained when their teams aren’t playing. With a metal fire-breathing 50-ton spider as the festival’s centerpiece holding the performers above the crowd, the festival is set to host over 150 performers from around the world over the period of the tournament.
The World Stage by Qatar Live 2022
If music festivals or crammed nightclubs aren’t your things, but you still want to catch some live music, Qatar Live 2022 may be something you want to check out instead. Running throughout the duration of the tournament, Qatar Live 2022 is set to put on shows by the Black Eyed Peas, J Balvin, Post Malone, Maroon 5, Jason Derulo, and the legendary Robbie Williams at the Doha Golf Club.
After taking the Egyptian nightlife scene by storm, bringing big names like the Black Eyed Peas and J-Lo to the country, Rabih Mokbel and his events organizing and hospitality group Venture Lifestyles are heading to Qatar to launch Doha’s first-ever mega club. By the name of Hide, the club in the midst of Doha’s high-rises in West Bay is set to host electronic DJs throughout the month with big names like Jamie Jones and Marco Corola alongside experimental bands like Shkoon and even legends like Amr Diab, who’s playing Hide on Nov. 25.
Promising an all-star lineup “spread across 8 festival shows, unimaginable visual production, and magical decors will steal your nights away illuminating a mystical skyline across the desert that almost seems unreal”, Daydream festival is set to put on quite a show. With world-class DJs like Armin van Buuren and Tiësto and a new world to get lost in, Daydream festival is offering something quite different this World Cup.
Bud World Club
Throughout the month, the official beer sponsor of the 2022 World Cup, Budweiser is setting up its own club in the heart of Doha. With a star-studded list of performers playing every night from Jason Derulo, Pete Tong, Peggy Gou, Ludmilla, and Craig David, the Bud World Club is certain to become one of the main nightlife spots during the tournament.
With performances from the likes of Amr Diab, Benny Benassi, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Steve Aoki, and Tyga, the music festival, Aravia has an impressive lineup throughout the 28-day duration of the World Cup. Promising that “when the game ends, we start to play”, the Saudi entertainment company behind Aravia MDLBeast, has organized arguably the 2022 World Cup’s most high-profile music festival.
QetaiFAN Beach Fest
If you find the beach calling you, the QetaiFAN Beach Fest may be perfect for you. With a pristine beach to chill on, clean sea to swim in, 50 food outlets, daily performances by musicians and DJs, and all of the matches shown live, the QetaiFAN Beach Fest is the perfect way to make the most out of the sunny Qatari weather. Promising an unbeatable party all day and all night, French Montana, Ceelo Green, and many others, are set to make this beach festival a memorable event.
With 1.2 million football fans from around the world descending on Qatar, the country is set to transform into a bustling entertainment hub for the next month with world-class performances from artists all over the world. From beach clubs to football festivals and nightclubs, Qatar is determined to put on a show for the whole world to see. So even if your team gets knocked out early on, you should still be sure to have a memorable World Cup in Qatar.