Meet the Qatar Metro guy, a Kenyan worker who became the World Cup’s most viral person.
A 23-year-old Kenyan worker has become one of Qatar’s biggest off-field stars. Abubakar Abbas rose to fame by saying one word: “Metro.”
In terms of what gets viral, the internet and social media, particularly TikTok, are incredibly random. Videos of Abbas on TikTok have received countless millions of views, fueling his popularity.
METRO 🚆 THIS WAY ➡️
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 25, 2022
He started a TikTok account, which has more than 50,000 followers now.
Abbas’ job is straightforward; he sits in a chair like a lifeguard’s chair and directs visitors and admirers to Qatar’s metro station with a foam finger. He uses his megaphone to say that one magic word, which gives him power.
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) November 27, 2022
He became so popular, that he spoke to the entire stadium during England vs. USA game at Al Bayt Stadium.