Designs of Qatar 2022 World Cup stadiums explained

 21 Aug 2017 - 15:45

Designs of Qatar 2022 World Cup stadiums explained

The Peninsula

Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) unveiled the design for the Al Thumama stadium yesterday. Here we are taking a look at the six designs reveled so far.

Al Bayt Stadium

Fans arriving at this 60,000-capacity arena will have never seen anything like it. A giant tent structure will cover this whole stadium in the northern city of Al Khor. The stadium will host matches right through to the 2022 FIFA World Cup semi-finals. 

Being delivered by Aspire Zone Foundation, the stadium takes its name from bayt al sha’ar – tents historically used by nomadic peoples in Qatar and the Gulf region.

After the tournament, the arena will reach even more people around the globe – in a remarkable way. Like a true nomad's tent, it will be portable. The top tier of seating will be removed following the 2022 FIFA World Cup and given to developing nations that need stadium seating.

Al Rayyan Stadium

Al Rayyan is known for its love of history and local culture, as well as its hugely popular football team – Al Rayyan Sports Club. The close-knit community here is deeply committed to the team, whose new arena will host up to 40,000 fans at 2022 FIFA World Cup matches through to the quarter-final stage. 

Built on the site of Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, the new Al Rayyan Stadium will incorporate symbols of Qatari culture into its spectacular undulating façade. 

The design of Al Rayyan Stadium is the story of Qatar. Its most striking feature is a glowing façade, made from patterns that characterise different aspects of the country: the importance of family, the beauty of the desert, the native flora and fauna, local and international trade. A seventh shape, that of a shield, brings together all the others and represents the strength and unity that is particularly relevant to the proud desert town of Al Rayyan.

These patterns are geometric shapes of the type often found in Islamic architecture and their impressive intricacy also reflects the exquisite handicrafts produced in Qatar.

Al Thumama Stadium

Al Thumama Stadium is steeped in Qatar and the region’s culture, history and symbolism. The 40,000-seat stadium will host 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar matches through to the quarter-finals.

Located six kilometres south of Doha’s glittering skyline and seafront promenade, Al Thumama Stadium’s design represents the gahfiya – a traditional woven cap worn by males across the Arab world and beyond.

The gahfiya forms a fundamental layer of the traditional clothing of the region. In supporting the ghutra (flowing cotton cloth placed on top of the gahfiya) and agal (decorative black rope), it is the foundation that holds everything together.

Al Wakrah Stadium

The boldly futuristic shape of the 40,000 capacity arena, which will host matches through to the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, also mirrors the innovative, ambitious spirit of this place. 

The distinctive form of Al Wakrah Stadium will be instantly recognisable and will live long in the memory. Its graceful lines and flowing curves are the invention of superstar architect Zaha Hadid, who was inspired by the sails of traditional dhow boats weaving through currents of the Gulf. 

The result will be a futuristic arena that alludes to Al Wakrah’s seafaring past – a spectacular bridge between old and new, and a strong visual representation of Qatar’s drive to reach beyond its shores.

Khalifa International Stadium

In May 2017, Qatar celebrated the reopening of its most beloved stadium with a spectacular inauguration ceremony and by hosting the final of the Emir Cup. Following renovation, the stadium is now ready to host matches through to the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

Built in 1976 in Al Rayyan, Khalifa International Stadium has long been the cornerstone of the country’s sporting tradition – and the gatekeeper to its promising future. This accomplished 40,000-seat arena already has an illustrious hosting history, having previously welcomed the Asian Games, the Gulf Cup and the AFC Asian Cup, among other events.

The most recognisable features of the arena were always its dual arches, sweeping across the skyline and acting as a magnet for football fans. These icons remain, but there is now a wide canopy stretching out below them, complementing the stadium’s cooling system to maintain a comfortable temperature for fans.

Qatar Foundation Stadium

Qatar Foundation Stadium has a design that draws on the rich history of Islamic architecture, blending it with striking modernity. The façade features triangles that form complex, diamond-esque geometrical patterns, appearing to change colour with the sun’s movement across the sky. Like diamonds, the stadium’s design represents quality, durability and resilience, and will become something to be treasured – both for the memories it holds, and its future value to the country and region. 

The sides of the stadium will reach up and envelop the pitch – helping the advanced cooling system to operate, bringing people closer to the action, and keeping fans’ songs and cheers reverberating through the arena.

Its most direct contribution to international development will come after it has hosted matches through to the quarter-finals stage of the tournament. The arena’s capacity will be reduced to 25,000, and 15,000 seats will be donated to stadiums in developing countries, helping cultivate a passion for the game around the globe.