Eight Amazing Stadiums that Will Host the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar

By Halal Trip | 11, Mar, 2022
Eight Amazing Stadiums that Will Host the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is set to take place in Qatar. This tournament will be the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup competition.

This will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Middle East and Arab world. It will also be the second World Cup held in Asia after the 2002 tournament was held in South Korea and Japan.

The World Cup tournament in Qatar will be the last to feature 32 teams as the number of teams has been increased to 48 from the 2026 tournament onwards which will be held in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

The reigning World Cup champions are France.

How many stadiums will Qatar have for the FIFA World Cup 2022?

Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup 2022 in 8 different stadiums. The country intends for the stadiums to reflect the historical and cultural aspects of Qatar.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Stadiums: 

Qatar World Cup 2022 – in numbers
Teams: 32
Playing venues: 8
Matches: 65
Opening match: Al Bayt Stadium
Final: Lusail Stadium

 

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium - Al Rayyan

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium - Al Rayyan

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Official name: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

Capacity: 40,000

Built on the site of the club's former ground (Al Rayyan Sports Club), the beautiful arching design of the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium integrates aspects of Qatari culture, while the surrounding facilities and sand dune-shaped structures also reflect the surrounding land.

The patterns visible on the exterior are like the geometric shapes often found in Islamic architecture and their impressive intricacy reflects the exquisite handicrafts produced in Qatar.

Nightfall brings another dimension to the scene as several nearby buildings light up with a soft glow.

Over 80% of the construction materials have been reused or recycled. Trees that once surrounded the old venue were retained for future replanting, minimising damage to the natural environment.

Matches:
5x Group Matches
1x Round of 16

 

Al Bayt Stadium - Al Khor City

Official name: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor City

Capacity: 60,000

The stadium takes its name from bayt al sha'ar – tents historically used by nomadic peoples in Qatar and the Gulf region. And like a true nomad's tent, it will be portable.

A giant tent structure covers the entire stadium, located in the northern city of Al Khor.

Based upon the tents that nomadic people have used for centuries to shield themselves from the desert heat, the design of Al Bayt Stadium minimises the amount of energy required to keep football fans and players cool.

The tent structure's lightweight canopies stretch out towards the pitch from every side, providing plenty of shade to supplement the air cooling technologies at work.

The organisers said about 28,000 seats from the stadium will be donated to developing countries after the tournament.

Matches:
5x Group Matches (incl. Opening Match)
1x Round of 16
1x Quarter-Final
1x Semi-Final

 

Al Janoub Stadium - Al Wakrah

Al Janoub Stadium - Al Wakrah

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Official name: Al Janoub Stadium

Capacity: 40,000

Al Janoub Stadium was the first Qatar 2022 tournament venue to be built from scratch.

Found in the coastal city of Al Wakrah – situated just south of capital Doha – the area’s connection with the sea, having been formerly known as a pearling village, influenced the flowing design of the striking stadium’s exterior, which was developed in conjunction with the world famous Zaha Hadid Architects.

The view from inside the stadium is just as stunning, where bowed beams hold up the roof, resembling a ship's hull and allowing light to flood into the arena.

Matches:
5x Group Matches
1x Round of 16

 

Al Thumama Stadium - Doha

Official name: Al Thumama Stadium

Capacity: 40,000

The stadium’s bold, circular form reflects the gahfiya – a traditional woven cap adorned by men and boys all across the Middle East for centuries. It is a beloved part of Arab family culture that symbolises dignity and independence – marking every young boy's path to adulthood.

The renowned Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB) is one of the oldest architectural and engineering firms in Qatar – and was responsible for the concept and schematic design of Al Thumama Stadium.

The stadium's green design ensures 40% more fresh water is saved when compared to a conventional stadium. Recycled water is used to irrigate green areas.

Matches:
5x Group Matches
1x Round of 16
1x Quarter-Final

 

Education City Stadium - Al Rayyan

Education City Stadium - Al Rayyan

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Official name: Education City Stadium

Completed: 2020

Capacity: 40,000

Doha’s Education City Stadium can be found amid several leading universities. The area is home to the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, with academia and innovation at the heart of the community’s ethos.

The facade features triangles that form complex, diamond-esque geometrical patterns, appearing to change colour with the sun's movement across the sky. By night, the façade puts on a colourful light show, making it even more eye-catching.

Matches:
5x Group Matches
1x Round of 16
1x Quarter-Final

 

Khalifa International Stadium - Doha

Official name: Khalifa International Stadium

Opened: 1976

Last renovated: 2017

Capacity: 45,416

Built in 1976 in Al Rayyan, Khalifa International has a long history of hosting major sporting events since 1976. Serving as Qatar’s national stadium, the venue underwent extensive redevelopment in order to prepare it for the FIFA World Cup.

Khalifa International Stadium  has an illustrious hosting history, having previously welcomed the Asian Games, the Arabian Gulf Cup and the AFC Asian Cup, among other events.

Located at the centre of all the 2022 venues, the stadium will play a pivotal role in this tournament, whose unique geography and advanced transport systems will make it the best-connected international football competition ever.

The most recognisable features of the arena were always its dual arches, sweeping across the skyline. There is now a wide canopy stretching out below them, complementing the stadium's cooling system to maintain a comfortable temperature for fans

Matches:
5x Group Matches
1x Round of 16
Match for Third Place

 

Lusail Stadium - Doha

Lusail Stadium - Doha

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Official name: Lusail Stadium

Capacity: 80,000

It is here that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ final will be staged, with billions around the globe watching on.

The Lusail Stadium is set to be a historic venue for a plethora of reasons. It will be the largest stadium by capacity at the first FIFA World Cup hosted in the Gulf, it will be the centrepiece of a brand new metropolis named Lusail City.

Once the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is over, Lusail Stadium will be transformed into a community space including schools, shops, cafés, sporting facilities and health clinics.

Matches:
5x Group Matches
1x Round of 16
1x Quarter-Final
1x Semi-Final
Final

 

Stadium 974 or Ras Abu Aboud Stadium - Doha

Official name: Stadium 974 or Ras Abu Aboud Stadium

Capacity: 40,000

Stadium 974 (formerly Ras Abu Aboud Stadium) is a football stadium in Ras Abu Aboud.

Stadium 974’s innovative design is inspired by Qatar’s worldwide trade and seafaring. 974 is the international dialling code for Qatar, as well as the exact number of shipping containers used in construction.

The innovative 40,000-seat venue has a remarkable design, and will be the first fully demountable tournament venue in FIFA World Cup™ history. It is constructed using shipping containers, removable seats and other modular ‘building blocks’.

The venue's temporary nature and clever modular design mean that fewer building materials were required than in traditional stadium building, which helped to keep construction costs down.

Matches:
5x Group Matches
1x Round of 16

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