The FIFA World Cup is very close to beginning, and the host country Qatar has a list of eight stadia that will host the world. The stadiums are spread the nation over – none over an hour from each other.
Khalifa International stadium has been renovated totally, while seven new ones have also been designed in recognition for the district’s rich culture, legacy and customs – with features mirroring Qatar’s commitment, sustainability and development.
Each Stadium offers you a one of a kind universe of disclosure. Let’s take a look at the other stadia that will host the large numbers of fans all over the world, as well as the players.
Al Bayt Stadium:
Al Bayt Arena will welcome fans to the first match of the FIFA World Cup 2022™, prior to hosting exciting matches through to the semi-finals. This 60,000-capacity setting is situated in the northern city of Al Khor.
Al Khor itself is renowned for its practices of pearl plunging and fishing, while the Stadium is modelled on bayt al sha’ar – tents historically used by nomadic people in Qatar and the region. Its magnificent tent structure envelopes an ultramodern football stadium, welcoming visitors into comfort as has been the tradition in this part of the world for centuries.
Al Janoub Stadium:
Al Janoub Stadium will host 40,000 fans in the southern city of Al Wakrah. Originally established as a pearl diving and fishing centre, it is one of Qatar’s oldest continuously inhabited areas.
In tribute to this stadium, legendary architect Zaha Hadid’s thoughtful and visionary approach gave the stadium its evocative yet boldly futuristic look – dramatically reflecting the wind-filled sails of traditional dhow boats. The opening was celebrated with the Amir Cup Final on 16 May 2019, which gave fans an enticing taste of the thrills ahead.
Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium:
Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan is located in one of Qatar’s most historic cities. Set on the edge of the desert, Al Rayyan is well known for its local traditions and culture, as well as the community’s commitment to their hugely popular football team, Al Rayyan Sports Club. The team’s new arena will host up to 40,000 fans during the FIFA World Cup 2022™.
The venue’s unique façade is nestled around seating designed in a way that allows fans to feel closer than ever to the action on the pitch. Off the pitch, the close-knit people of Al Rayyan will welcome fans from around the world to their fascinating neighbourhood.
Al Thumama Stadium:
Al Thumama Stadium’s size and beauty are simply breathtaking. Based on the gahfiya, a traditional cap worn by boys and men in the Middle East, its symbolism ensures a very special place in the hearts of people of the region.
Designed by local architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah, this 40,000-seat stadium’s unique aura is sure to inspire players and fans alike as it hosts games up to the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2022™.
Located 12km south of Doha’s iconic West Bay cityscape, it is like many of the new buildings throughout the country: honouring centuries of culture and tradition, while confidently revealing the future.
Education City Stadium:
Education City Stadium rises up close to some of Qatar’s leading universities, where the finest academics inspire their students to become their very best. Synergies in the fields of football and learning shine through a player’s absolute dedication to skills and creative invention.
Knowledge and the beautiful game are one here. The stadium’s intricate diamond-esque design harmoniously fuses elements of traditional Islamic architecture with striking modernity.
This stadium is something to be treasured in the hearts of fans and locals alike, both for the memories it inspires as it hosts matches through to the quarter-final stage of the FIFA World Cup 2022™, as well as its future as an iconic landmark for the country and region.
Khalifa International Stadium:
Khalifa International Stadium has long been adored as the spiritual home of football in the Qatar community, something you feel as soon as you enter the ground. Originally built in 1976, the venue underwent a respectful transformation in preparation for 2022, which kept its most iconic features – the dual arches – intact.
Change and innovation saw a wide canopy stretched out below the arches, complementing the stadium’s cooling system to control temperatures for players and fans both old and new. Khalifa International Stadium is ready to host FIFA World Cup 2022™ matches and secure its position as an iconic world-class venue with a bright future.
Lusail Stadium is not only the largest stadium in Qatar – and one of the biggest in the Arab world – it’s also the venue where the FIFA World Cup 2022™ final will play out. This magnificent 80,000-seat stadium will be the centrepiece of Lusail City – a newly built, state-of-the-art metropolis.
The venue’s design pays homage to the fanar lantern and traditional hand-crafted bowls and vessels used throughout the Middle East for centuries. It feels instantly familiar, yet breathtakingly futuristic at the same time. Located in the city where Qatar’s founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani lived in the early 20th century, it’s a true testament to his inspirational vision for the country.
Stadium 974’s innovative design pays homage to the nature of its port location as a logistical hub for the region. Visitors will instantly recognise the connection thanks to the materials used: a structure made of shipping containers and heavy steel shipyard elements, which promises a unique stadium experience inside and out.
The result for this 40,000-seater stadium will be a distinctive, boldly colourful and thoroughly modern arena dedicated to hosting FIFA World Cup 2022™ matches up to the quarter-finals, on the shores of the Arabian Gulf.