TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Diaspora community held the "One Day Fun Football Tournament" festival to promote Indonesian tourism in the city of Alkhor, Qatar.
"The [event] is part of the countdown to the World Cup 2022, which will be held in Qatar, and have started since November 22, 2016," said Boy Dharmawan, Minister Counsellor of the Indonesian Embassy in Doha as quoted by Antara London on Monday, November 28, 2016.
During the event, the Indonesian Diaspora cooperated with the Indonesian Citizens Association on Qatar (Permiqa) to hold a series of friendly competition alongside dance performances and culinary festival.
The Festival was also held to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of diplomatic relationship between Indonesia and Qatar, and to support the country's preparation to host the 2022 World Cup.
Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar Muhammad Basri said that the One Day Fun Football Tournament is also held to promote Indonesia in Qatar.
"Dance performance and [Indonesian] culinary serves as a potent iconic promotion tool in Qatar," Basri said.
Said Malawi, a member of the Indonesian Diaspora living in Alkhor, said that the festival managed to attract a large crowd because it incorporates art performances, culinary festival, and sports.
"There are 1,500 Indonesians in Alkhor, and it is the largest Indonesian community in the world," Malawi said.