Learn about the latest developments in the stadiums of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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The 64 matches of the FIFA Qatar 2022 World Cup, which starts after six months, will be played in eight stadiums, seven of which are new, in addition to the development of the Khalifa International Stadium, the largest of which is the Lusail Stadium, i who will host the final match on December 18th.

Lusail Stadiums

Its design was inspired by the interaction of light and shadow that characterizes the traditional Arab lantern, or fanaz. Its structure and façade also reflect intricate inscriptions on food bowls and dishes, and other pieces of art found throughout the Arab and Islamic world during the rise of civilization in the region.

Will host 10 matches until the semifinals and finals. The stadium with a capacity of 80 thousand spectators, 16 km from the center of Doha, will be turned into a vital center for the benefit of the residents of Lusail city. After the World Cup, the stadium will be transformed into a community destination with schools, shops, cafes, sports facilities and medical clinics.

Khalifa International Stadium

The first stadiums of the World Cup became ready on May 19, 2017, when it hosted the Emir Cup final, which was attended by more than 40,000 spectators.

The historic stadium, which was built in 1976, is located in the heart of the Aspire Zone Foundation and close to the Aspetar Hospital in the Al Rayyan region. .

The stadium, which is 13 km from downtown Doha, has hosted many events such as the 2006 Asian Games, the 2011 Asian Cup, the 2019 World Athletics Championships, the 24th Gulf Cup and the 2019 Club World Cup.

Its roof is crossed by two arches representing continuity and connected by a short pedestrian crossing to the Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum 3-2-1.

home stadium

The design of Al Bayt Stadium was inspired by Bait Al Shaar or the traditional tent inhabited by the people of Badia in Qatar and the Gulf region throughout history, who lived as nomads in the deserts of Qatar in search of pasture and water. It has a capacity of 60,000 spectators and is located 43 km from the northern city of Al Khor in the city center.

This stadium witnessed the setting of a field record. The public park in the surrounding area has received the public since February 2020.

Equipped with a fully retractable roof, it will host 9 matches, including Qatar’s first against Ecuador and the Germany-Spain summit in the group stage, until the semifinals.

Al Janoub Stadiums

Al Janoub Stadium is built in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Qatar. It is located in Al Wakra, 23 km from the center of Doha and has a capacity of 40,000 spectators. Designed by the late Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, the idea was inspired by the sails of traditional boats to perpetuate the heritage of the ancient coastal city of Al-Wakra, which was historically known as a center for pearl fishing and searching. Equipped with innovative cooling technology and a retractable roof. He will host 7 matches from the group stage to the 16th stage.

His readiness was announced on May 16, 2019 as he awaited the Amir Cup final and Al Duhail’s victory over Al Sadd, and his name was changed from Al Wakrah to Al Janoub.

City of Education Stadium

He describes a chapter in the rich history of Islamic architecture, as its façade is characterized by triangles that form intertwined geometric ornaments like diamond lines that reflect sunlight and show a change in their colors whenever the angle from which the rays emanate of the sun. rotates in the sky from sunrise to sunset.

Located in the heart of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, 12 km from the city center. The stadium, which can accommodate forty thousand spectators, will be transformed after the World Cup into the headquarters of the Qatar National Team for women. It will host 8 matches between the group stage and the quarterfinals and its capacity will be reduced after the World Cup to 20,000 spectators.

It became the first World Cup stadium to receive a five-star GSAS certification, before announcing its readiness in June 2020.

Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium

The readiness of the stadium Ahmed Bin Ali (Al Rayyan) was announced during the reception of the Emir Cup final on December 18, 2020, which coincides with the National Day.

The 40,000-seat stadium, located on the edge of the desert, was built on the site of a stadium of the same name, and its wavy exterior is decorated with symbols representing Qatari culture. Objects around the stadium reflect the nature of Qatar, taking the form of sand dunes.

It is planned to host 7 matches in the World Cup until the 16th stage.

Al Thumama Stadium

It is distinguished by its design inspired by gahfiya or the traditional head hat worn by men all over the Arab world. Designed by Qatari architect Ibrahim Al Jaidah, it will host eight matches from the group stage to the quarterfinals. It accommodates forty thousand spectators and is located 13 km from the center of Doha.

His inauguration coincided with the 49th edition of the Emir Cup final in October 2021.

Stadiums 974

Reflecting the international communication symbol for Qatar, 974 shipping containers were involved in its construction, inspired by Qatar’s maritime and commercial heritage, and would be called Ras Abu Aboud.

It is the first fully dismantled stadium in World Cup history, with a capacity of 40,000 fans, overlooking Doha Corniche and the skyscrapers in the West Bay area, and can be reached via a metro station that is 800 meters away. It will host 7 matches until the 16th stage and is located near Hamad International Airport.

It is the only World Cup stadium out of eight that is not equipped with cooling technology.

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