The France-Argentina game in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup final will take place on December 18 at the Lusail stadium. Lusail, Qatar’s second-largest city, has been given the honor of hosting the tournament’s final, 14 miles north of Doha. It is unlike any other city that has ever or likely will host a World Cup final.
Lusail has been dubbed the “City of the Future” by Qatar, but as you walk down Lusail Boulevard, the official World Cup theme song is being piped out of speakers that are everywhere but hard to see. Shakira sings “Waka Waka”, and it comes back to you ten minutes later. After that, again.
The “Waka Waka” earworm is now inescapable by the time you reach the boulevard’s end, a 25-minute walk from one end to the other, and stand under a metallic shark sculpture suspended from two skyscrapers.
The planning for Lusail began in 2005, but it was accelerated after Qatar won the bid to host the World Cup in 2022. There are dancing fountains that shoot out of the ground and are meant to be run through by young children.
The heat is strangely manageable despite the relentless breeze, despite the fact that the sun is beating down. At first, there was a perplexing chill to it, taking into account the time and the spot, yet closer review uncovers that air is being siphoned out of vents in the asphalt along the lane.
In order to assist marathon runners and spectators in coping with the summer heat, Qatar has proposed air-conditioned streets in its bid to host the Olympic Games in 2036. At first, it sounded absurd, but Lusail already has the technology. Now, the future is taking place.
Lusail is without a doubt the strangest and most bizarre city to host a World Cup final. Lusail, on the other hand, might be a good place to end because Qatar has already proven to be an unusual host nation.
The fact of the matter is that Lusail was never going to be finished in time for the World Cup. The hosts always prioritized the stadium, which opened in September. It will be a worthy venue for the World Cup final because of the stunning architecture, which was designed by Populous, the same architects who also designed the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
Lusail City is ultimately expected to have a populace of 250,000 – – experts residing in the Lusail Pinnacles, the four high rises toward the finish of Lusail Lane, with the sort of discretionary cashflow that will permit them to cover their lease and shop at the neighboring Spot Vendome Shopping center, which can be best portrayed as an abnormal blend of the neo-traditional Parisian square from which it takes its name, and the Venetian trenches – – not of the genuine article in Venice but rather of the Las Vegas inn.
The towers are competed with regards to development, however the residue on the glass boards recommends they are not prepared for home. On either side of the boulevard are apartment buildings and vast tracts of land, many of which were used as parking lots during the World Cup.
Even though the streets are numbered rather than named, much of it looks like an abandoned town. However, the hope in Qatar is that they will all eventually be occupied. The goal is for the Lusail Project to end up with a city that surrounds its stadium and Formula One track with everyday life rather than making them look like big projects stuck in the middle of nowhere like they are now.
Some will rightly point out that the boulevard is busier at night when stadium-goers are there to watch games. On the mile-long boulevard, there are enough restaurants to feed 60,000 people, but they are empty during the day. The question that needs to be asked is, who will fill the boulevard after all the fans have left?
Depending on which team wins, Lionel Messi or Kylian Mbappe might be seen dancing in the Lusail streets on Sunday night.