The upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar represents the first time this legendary sporting event takes place in the Middle East. The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy is responsible for managing the event and the eight stadiums that will host the World Cup.
Other than the Khalifa International Stadium, all seven other venues have been built from scratch with some already fully functional and some nearing completion. The sustainable stadiums will be climate controlled and zero-carbon emitting.
Here’s everything you need to know about the stadiums for Qatar 2022.
Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor
This 60,000-capacity arena is due to be one of the best sporting arenas in the world. The stadium design honours Qatar's past and present, while keeping one eye on the future of the community. It’s shaped like a tent with a retractable roof, representative of Qatari traditions and the tents used by nomads in the Qatari deserts for years. What’s also interesting about the Al Bayt Stadium is the upper tier of the modular design seating can be removed after the tournament and handed over to developing nations in need of sporting infrastructure. The area surrounding the stadium has been converted into lush green spaces with beautiful parks and play areas.
Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah
One of the most popular stadiums in the world, Al Janoub has been designed by the late Zaha Hadid. With a capacity to seat 40,000 fans, the curvilinear postmodernist and neo-futuristic stadium is inspired by sailing, maritime trade and fishing. The roof is reminiscent of traditional dhow boats used by pearl divers, weaving through the sea currents. A school, wedding hall, cycling, horse riding and running tracks, restaurants, marketplaces and gyms within the vicinity will be built to accompany Al Janoub Stadium
Al Rayyan Stadium in Al Rayyan
Taking the name of a Qatari football club, Al Rayyan Stadium has been built on the site of the club’s former stadium, Ahmed Bin Ali. With a capacity for 40,000 fans, the stadium’s design incorporates elements of Qatari culture and the surrounding facilities will mirror the beautiful sand dunes Qatar is so famous for. More than half of the stadium’s modular seats will be removed and donated to football projects around the world after 2022.
Al Thumama Stadium
This design of this 40,000-seat stadium was inspired by the shape of the gahfiya (traditional headgear worn by men in the Middle East). The design is unique and striking and we can’t wait for all the fascinating aerial shots that will emerge as the stadium nears completion. The stadium has been designed by Qatari architect Ibrahim Jaidah. Following the tournament, the stadium will be reduced and repurposed to meet local sporting needs.
Education City Stadium in Qatar Foundation
Strikingly modern with rich Islamic history elements blended in, this stunning stadium’s design is inspired by a jagged diamond, glittering in the day and glowing at night. The 45,000-seat stadium is one of the world’s most sustainable stadiums and is located in Qatar’s education hub with some of the world’s top universities in the vicinity. After the tournament, approximately 20,000 seats will be donated to developing countries for their sporting infrastructure.
Khalifa International Stadium in Aspire Zone
Originally built in 1976, this is the only stadium that was fully refurbished and not built from scratch. The stadium features a modern design and has state-of-the-art cooling technology, along with new dual arches that represent continuity and the embrace of fans from around the world. This is the home stadium of Qatar’s national team and will have a capacity of up to 68,000 spectators.
Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail
Lusail is already popular for the the MotoGP and the previous handball championships and a lot of people in Doha have already got a taste of the venue’s sporting prowess. The new football stadium is truly iconic, like its name, with a capacity of up to 80,000 spectators. The design is inspired by the interplay of light and shadow that characterises the traditional Arabic lantern (fanar), with the structure and façade echoing the intricate decorative motifs on bowls, vessels and other art pieces found across the Arab and Islamic world as well as global art exhibitions and museums. Lusail is also the venue for the inaugural match. After the World Cup, the stadium will be repurposed into a 40,000-seat stadium. The venue will be reconfigured to create a community space with shops, cafés, athletic and education facilities and a health clinic.
Ras Abu Aboud Stadium in Al Wakrah
This 40,000 capacity stadium is the world’s first to be built to fully dismantle post the football tournament. Constructed from shipping containers, removable seats and other modular building blocks, the stadium will be converted into a waterfront development with stunning West Bay views for people to enjoy following 2022.