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FIFA World Cup is the most competitive Football event in the world, watched by millions of fans worldwide. Fans flock from every point in the globe to support their teams on their way to eternal glory. What makes the competition more exciting is the stadiums that are designed, built and developed to host the most exciting matches between the best teams from all around the globe.

The government of Qatar is sparing no expense in providing the best infrastructure to host this prestigious event, aiming to embed the year 2022 in the heart and memory of every football fan and enhance Qatar’s ability to host events with such caliber for futures to come.

With the capacity of 60,000 people it is the second biggest stadium in the 2022 World Cup hosting venues. It will host matches up to the semi-final stage, and where the opening game will take place. It is designed to reflect the inside of a Bedouin tent, colored red, white, and black. These tents, “bayt al sha’ar”, are also where the stadium gets its name from, designed to represent Arab hospitality, and show the cultural history of Qatar.

Al Bayt Stadium


Moving on to Doha, where Khalifa International Stadium is located. It will host matches up to the quarter-final stage and has the capacity of 40,000 people. It is part of the Doha Sports City complex, that also includes the Aspire Academy, one of the best sporting facilities in the world. It is named after Qatar’s former prince, Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, and is now the first stadium in the world to receive a four-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS).

Khalifa International Stadium 


Along the Sea is where Ras Abu Aboud Stadium is located. The Stadium holds a capacity of 40,000 people and will host matches up to the quarter-final stage. It is the first fully demountable and re-usable tournament venue in FIFA World Cup history. The stadium will be built using shipping containers and other modular materials. Overlooking the stunning Doha corniche and West Bay skyline; the Stadium is being built on the shore of the gulf in the east of Doha near the port and Hamad International Airport, and it is part of a new development that is being built on a piece of land that previously housed a heavy industry. 

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium


To the south of Doha is al Thumama Stadium, located near Hamad International Airport. It can hold up to 40,000 people and will host matches up to the quarter-final stage. The architectural design takes its inspiration from the traditional “The gahfiya”, a traditional cap which is worn by men and boys across the Middle East. Surrounded by family friendly public park, Al Thumama stadium certainly has one of the most innovative designs in Qatar. 

Al Thumama Stadium


The City of Al Wakrah is where Al Janoub Stadium is built. With the capacity of 40,000 people this stadium will host matches up to the quarter-final stage. The stadium features a curvilinear postmodernist and neo-futurist design. The appearance of the roof was inspired by the sails of traditional Dhow boats, used by pearl divers of the region, weaving through currents of the Persian Gulf. The curvilinear roof and exterior reflect Al Wakrah's history of seafaring, which additionally gives spectators the feeling of being on a ship. Bowed beams hold up the roof, resembling a ship's hull. The building is meant to resemble upturned dhow hulls arranged in a huddle to provide shade and shelter.

Al Janoub Stadium


This stadium is located in the midst of several university campuses at the Qatar Foundation's Education City, nearby Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium. With the capacity of 40,000 people this stadium will host matches up to the quarter-final stage. Its design is said to reflect a diamond in the desert and the facility is connected with the rest of Doha by a new metro line. 

The Education City Stadium 


To the West, on the outskirts of Al Rayyan municipality is where Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium is located just outside the city limits, north-west of Doha on the edge of the desert. With the capacity of 40,000 people this stadium will host matches up to the quarter-final stage. It will form part of a development that includes the newly opened Mall of Qatar, the country’s largest shopping mall and utilizing traditional Arabic patterns that allow sunlight access to the infrastructure within the stadium.

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

  1. Finally, to the north of Doha, where currently the city of Lusail is being developed. The Lusail Stadium is the largest between the hosting venues in Qatar with a capacity of 80,000 people. It will host the opening and final match, bringing a fantastic and well-deserved finale to what will surely be a most memorable tournament. The design sought to mirror the ancient Arab craft of bowl weaving in the stadium's inner structure and is one of key landmarks of Lusail. With direct connections by road and a new metro line, the stadium is intended to be a catalyst for development growth of Lusail city. 

The Lusail Stadium