With 4 years to go, work progressing steadily in Qatar 2022 stadiums


Qatar continues to take steady steps in the World Cup projects to organize an “exceptional” version in the history of the finals of the world’s premier football event, four years ahead of the start of the World Cup from 21 November to 18 December 2022.

On 19 May 2017 Khalifa International Stadium became the first 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium to open when it hosted the Amir Cup final in front of more than 40,000 fans.

Since its bid to host the World Cup in 2009, Qatar has set its sights on achieving the dream of hosting the first football World Cup on Arab soil. To this end, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), the body responsible for implementing the infrastructure projects to host the tournament, as well as the planning for the tournament and activating the operations in preparation for this important event.

Through this, SC contributes to accelerating the development of Qatar, thus realizing the Qatar National Vision 2030, and creating a sustainable legacy for Qatar, the region and the world.

With one stadium fully redeveloped and seven others under various stages of construction, all our infrastructure projects are set to be completed well before the tournament begins on 21 November 2022.

Al Wakrah Stadium

Al Wakrah Stadium has the capacity of 40,000 seats and is just 23km from Doha city center.

The futuristic Al Wakrah Stadium will host matches up to the quarter-finals stage during Qatar 2022. The design is inspired by the sails of traditional dhow boats; in tribute to Al Wakrah’s seafaring past. An innovative cooling system and retractable roof mean the stadium will be used all year round.

Work at Al Wakrah Stadium advances at a rapid pace. The stadium structure is now completed and work is progressing on internal finishes, the roof and facade work. The energy center that will serve the stadium has been built, while the precinct infrastructure and hard landscaping are advancing.

Al Bayt Stadium

Al Bayt Stadium, in Al Khor City, has a 60,000-seat capacity and located 43km from Doha city center. A remarkable sight will welcome fans to Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor City, which is being delivered by Aspire Zone Foundation. The arena, designed to represent Arab hospitality, will host matches through to the semi-finals stage in 2022 and will be covered by a structure resembling a traditional Arab tent known as ‘bayt al sha’ar’, complete with a state-of-the-art retractable roof.

The stadium structure has been completed, along with the installation of the retractable roof. Works within the precinct infrastructure and landscaping are progressing at the venue.

Education City Stadium

Education City Stadium has a-40,000-seat capacity and located 12km from Doha city center.

Education City Stadium is located at the heart of Qatar Foundation, a vibrant center for knowledge and innovation where this ultramodern arena will be a fitting addition and lasting symbol of sustainability. The stadium will host matches up to the quarter-finals stage in 2022 and eventually become the home of the Qatar Women’s team.

Progress continues to be made at the ‘Diamond in the Desert’. More than 220,000m of concrete has been casted, fabrication of the shimmering facade is almost complete and the roof structural steel works are progressing rapidly.

Al Rayyan Stadium

Al Rayyan Stadium has a-40,000-seat capacity and located 22km from Doha city center.

Al Rayyan Stadium will showcase the very best of Qatari culture in 2022 as it hosts matches up to the quarter-finals stage of Qatar 2022. The outer façade will be made up of intricate patterns representing Qatar, from its history of trade to its varied wildlife. Al Rayyan’s desert landscapes will be reflected on the facade, and in the dune-shaped hospitality areas and merchandise stalls dotted around the stadium complex.

The installation of the compression and tensile roof steel structure modules has been completed, while facade installation has commenced, along with testing of the energy center.

Al Thumama Stadium

Al Thumama Stadium has a-40,000-seat capacity and located 13km from Doha city center.

The design of Al Thumama Stadium is inspired by the ‘gahfiya’, a traditional woven cap worn for centuries by men across the Arab world.

More than 80 percent of the stadium’s concrete frame has been completed, while work on the stadium’s upper tier steel structure is progressing well. Installation of the bleachers is ongoing. Precinct works are also in progress, including the installation of water tanks, training pitches and other utilities and services.

Lusail Stadium

One of the biggest World Cup stadiums is Lusail Stadium, which has a-80,000-seat capacity and located 16km from Doha city center.

Lusail Stadium will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup final, opening game and matches throughout the tournament. The design for Lusail Stadium is due to be unveiled in December 2018.

At Lusail Stadium, the 24th, and final, main structural column to support the stadium façade has been installed. Meanwhile, concrete superstructure works are progressing in all zones, reaching the fifth and sixth floors in the east and west sides respectively, where the structure will reach 80m at its highest point.

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium

Just 10km from Doha, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium has a-40,000-seat capacity.

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will be the first fully demountable and re-usable tournament venue in FIFA World Cup history. The 40,000-capacity stadium will be built using shipping containers and other modular materials. Overlooking the stunning Doha Corniche and West Bay skyline, the stadium will host matches up to the quarter-finals stage in 2022.

The fabrication of containers for Ras Abu Aboud Stadium commenced in August 2018, with the first batch expected in Doha in February 2019. The venue will be built using 998 modular containers. The prefabricated modular structure allows for the use of fewer materials and reduces waste and emissions.

Khalifa International Stadium

On 19 May 2017 Khalifa International Stadium became the first 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium to open when it hosted the Amir Cup final in front of more than 40,000 fans. Located in Aspire Zone, the historic venue has previously hosted the Asian Games, the Gulf Cup and the AFC Asian Cup. Next year it will host the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

The stadium will host several 2022 World Cup important matches.

Published on 21 November 2018

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