Work is well underway at Al Thumama Stadium, which just reached 20 million working hours, with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) revealing the stadium's concrete frame, upper-tier stands and roof columns have all been completed.
The venue, located in Al Thumama near Hamad International Airport, will have a capacity of 40,000 once finished and is set to host matches up to and including the quarter-final stage.
Designed by renowned Qatari architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah, the stadium’s look was inspired by the gahfiya, a traditional woven cap worn for centuries by men in many Arab countries.
The stadium is set to be finished in 2021, and will feature a 50,000 sq m public park around it.
Once the World Cup is over, 20,000 seats will be removed from the stadium and donated to countries in need of sporting infrastructure. The stadium will continue to be used for sporting events, and the upper stands will be replaced by a boutique hotel.
Engineer Saoud Al Ansari, SC project director at Al Thumama Stadium, said, “We are very proud to achieve this milestone. The health and safety of our workforce is our number one priority – and milestones like this only serve to illustrate that fact.”