Just a few hours separate us from the most-anticipated event of the year, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, happening for the very first time in the Middle East.
The excitement among fans from around the world, particularly Doha residents, is at an all-time high as this will be the first time the tournament will hold a midnight marathon.
Doha’s Corniche will be a sight to see tomorrow night as the world’s best athletes will race to the finish line, against the iconic background of the mesmerizing Doha skyline.
While the games will begin earlier during the afternoon, the opening ceremony of the tournament will be held at the Doha Corniche, before the midnight marathon.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is expected to grace the occasion, according to Qatar Tribune.
As the country welcomes the track and field sports stars and fans from around the world, authorities have confirmed all security, safety measures are in place to ensure the event’s success.
Construction teams have worked around the clock to finish assembling the elaborate scaffold towers that line the route’s central reservation and will support floodlights for the midnight marathon.
“Qatar is 100% ready for the championship – we are very excited,” the head of the Local Organising Committee Dahlan Al Hamad is quoted to have said at a recent sports integrity event in Doha by the Gulf Times.
In line with the action set to unroll at the Corniche, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced road closures on this route and also shared alternative ways.
According to MoI, Corniche will be closed from 6 pm on Thursday until 5 am Friday, and then again from 6 pm on Friday until 5 am on Saturday.
The MoI has urged motorists to follow the traffic signs and cooperate with the Traffic Police.
The closed sections include the stretch extending from the Sheraton Doha signal right up to the intersection with Grand Hamad Street near Souq Waqif, as well as some adjacent roads along the above-mentioned stretch of the Corniche.
MoI has also issued a list of prohibited items, calling on spectators not to carry them while entering the stadium.
These include fireworks, glass bottles, small strollers, sharp tools, pets and other solid objects that may cause harm to the bearer.
Assistant Head of the Security Committee and the director of security at Khalifa International Stadium, Captain Burhan Saleh Al Turki, said the security procedures applied for the entry of spectators into the stadium are easy but subject to several stages for the safety of all.
The following items are prohibited at the stadium:
Chemical gas spray, firearms, fireworks, any kind of knife, balls, backpack, recording devices, lighters, laser pointer, animals, smoking, luggage, streamers, umbrellas, drones, coolers, drugs, whistles, helmets, masks, cameras with lenses longer than 8 inches, objects making excessive noise, hooters or air horns, and glass bottles, cups or cans.
Earlier, on Tuesday, some of Qatar’s ministers also toured the Khalifa International Stadium and praised the efforts of the organizing committee in paving the way for a successful event that will confirm Qatar’s leading role as a regional sporting hub.