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Proposed Qatar World Cup stadiums for 2022

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Qatar has been awarded the FIFA World Cup 2022 bid. The Government of Qatar showed their upmost interest to host the2022 football World Cup. With only a population of 2 million, Qatar will be the first Arab state to host such event.

Sheikh Mohammed (Emir of Qatar) was the chairman of the bid committee for Qatar. Qatar promoted as representing the Arab World to host the tournament. They also positioned their bid as an opportunity to bridge the gap between these two different Worlds. Anyway Qatar World Cup will definitely bring football for the Middle East.

FIFA Qatar proposals:

Qatar tried to give a feel about the upcoming Qatar World Cup by holding a match between Brazil and Argentina. Of course it was a friendly match. But the point is, people from different nations visited Qatar for this match. Probably that strengthened the image that Qatar can show their interest for FIFA World Cup 2022.

First of all, Sepp Blatter (President of FIFA) endorsed the idea for Arab World Cup. In April 2010, he said that the Arabic World deserves a World Cup. Truly these twenty two countries have never got the opportunity to organize the tournament.

In other words, Qatar’s progress is praiseworthy. The two million people have already shown their strength in Asia Games 2006. In terms of infrastructure, arranging 30 event for men and women is quite something.

The Qatar committee was well aware of the Middle East summer heat. They believed that this could be a matter of their disadvantage for the other countries perspective. So FIFA Qatar proposed for a very unique stadium ideas. Finally considering all their proposals, on December 2nd it was decided that the FIFA World Cup 2022 is formally the Qatar World Cup.

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World Cup venues for Qatar 2022:

At the beginning of March 2010, the first five proposed stadiums for the Qatar World Cup 2022 were unveiled. The stadiums will employ cooling technology. It is expected to reduce temperatures within the stadium by up to 20°C. Upper tiers of the stadiums will be disassembled after the tournament. There is a plan for donating those, to countries with less developed sports infrastructure.

According to the recent statistics, the summer heat of Qatar will be unbearable for both the players and the spectators. So heat balancing technology is a must for the Qatar World Cup stadiums. It has been planned that the air conditioning systems will be totally solar powered and carbon neutral. Arup of England will provide these for the Qatar World Cup stadiums.

There have been seven World Cup venues proposed for the tournament. Here is the list of proposed World Cup venues for the FIFA World Cup 2022:

  • Lusail
  • Doha
  • Al Khor
  • Ash Shamal
  • Al Wakrah
  • Umm Salal
  • Al Rayyan

Some of the stadiums are named after the city or proposed venue. The Al-Khor Stadium is planned for Al-Khor city. The city is located 50 kilometers north from Doha. The stadium will have capacity of 45330 seats. 19830 of them will be on a temporary modular upper tier.

Al Wakrah is one of the proposed World Cup venues. The Al-Wakrah stadium is going to be located here. The stadium will have a total capacity of 45120 seats. This stadium’s temporary upper tier will contain some 25 500 seats.

Most of the World Cup venues are expected to be decorated with Islamic arts. And definitely all the stadiums are to be surrounded with large solar panels. The above two stadiums were built regardless of the Qatar 2022 conclusion. But the bid committee claims that only the upper tier is going to be added as they have been awarded the opportunity of arranging the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Proposed Qatar World Cup stadiums:

The following are the Official Stadiums to be built for the FIFA World Cup 2022 (Qatar World Cup) –

 

Lusail Iconic Stadium

 

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Lusail Iconic Stadium ; image credit qatar.to/stadiums


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Location: Lusail, Qatar 

Capacity: 86,250 (planned)

Architect: Foster & Partners

 

Lusail Iconic Stadium is one of the proposed Qatar World Cup Stadiums. The Stadium will be built in Lusail and it is intended for the opening and final games of FIFA World Cup 2022. Like the other Qatar World Cup stadiums Lusail will also be air conditioned using solar power.

The proposed architect of the stadium is Foster & Partners, which is actually a British firm. The almost circular base will be surrounded by a moat. The car parking will be connected with six bridges. The Stadium will have a near-circular footprint and sits on the primary axis. The total structure will be encircled by a reflective pool of water. There will be around 86250 seat capacity for this Lusail Iconic Stadium. The stadium takes its inspiration from the sail of a traditional dhow boat. After the World Cup 2022, it will be generally used for other spectacular sporting events. Supposedly it is one of the perfect venue for the opening and final matches of any kind of tournament.

 

But the most important of all, the Stadium comes with an idea of environment friendly cooling technology. Undoubtedly this is ideal for the players and the spectators. The fans will get optimum views of the action in a cool and comfortable setting. Probably Qatar’s enthusiasm and ambition is reflected by the unbelievable eye catching design of this stadium.

Doha Port Stadium

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Doha Port Stadium ; image credit qatar.to/stadiums

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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000

Architect: Albert Speer &Partner GmbH

 

The new Doha Port Stadium will be a modular stadium with around 45000 seating capacity. The Stadium is located in Doha, Qatar. It will sit on an artificial peninsula in the Gulf. Hopefully, the design is to evoke its marine setting.

Architect Albert Speer & Partner GmbH proposed water from the Gulf will run over its outer façade. It will aid the cooling process and most of all it will be definitely visually alluring. There will be two different arriving options, by taxi or ferry. There is an uncommon plan with the very stadium. The total stadium will be disassembled after the FIFA World Cup 2022. The seats will be sent for further development of football in other countries.

Sports City Stadium

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Sports City Stadium ; image credit qatar.to/stadiums

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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 46,000

Architect: Dan Meis

 

The Stadium draws inspiration from traditional Arab tents. Sports City Stadium is one of the Qatar World Cup Stadiums, which will have more than around 46000 seats.

There will be a retractable roof and partly retractable pitch. The stand will also be retractable. This combination will provide Qatar’s premiere multi-use facility in the decades. Even after the FIFA World Cup 2022. The innovative ideas of the Stadium will be quite ideal venue for football. But also concerts, theatres and other athletic events can easily be arranged here.

Education City Stadium

 

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Education City Stadium ; image credit qatar.to/stadiums

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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000

Architect: RFA Fenwick Iribarren

 

Education City Stadium takes the form of a jagged diamond. Day by day it starts glittering and glow by night. There will be around 45350 seats at the very Qatar World Cup Stadium.

The stadium is located in the midst of several university campuses at Education City. Qatar and neighboring Bahrain fans can easily access it. They are only 51 minutes away from the stadium by high-speed rail. The stadium will retain 2500 seats after the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Umm Slal Stadium

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Umm Slal Stadium ; image credit qatar.to/stadiums

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Location: Umm Slal, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000

Architecht: Albert Speer & Partner GmbH

 

Umm Slal Stadium is located in the vicinity of one of Qatar’s most historically important forts. The stadium will have 45,120 seats. The design is a modern interpretation of traditional Arab forts.

There is a already a ford likw the stadium nearby Umm Slal Mohammed. Fter the FIFA World Cup 2022, the stadium will be used as Umm Slal FC.

Qatar University Stadium

 

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Qatar University Stadium ; image credit qatar.to/stadiums

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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 43,520

Architect: Dan Meis

 

The stadium is going to replace an existing track and field stadium on Qatar University’s campus. It will have 43520 seats. Being one of the Qatar World Cup stadiums, the gold facade blends traditional Arabic geometric patterns with free-form open surfaces, which conjure both the past and future.

Like almost all the other Qatar World Cup Stadiums, the stadium will be used by student athletes following the FIFA World Cup 2022. And the seat capacity will be reduced to 23000.

Al-Gharafa Stadium

 

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Al-Gharafa Stadium ; image credit qatar.to/stadiums

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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000

Architect:

 

The existing 21,175 capacity Al-Gharafa stadium will be expanded to 44,740 seats. Modular elements forming an upper tier will be used to serve the purpose. it is another of the Qatar World Cup stadiums. The facade will be made up of ribbons representing the nations that qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The design will symbolize football and the mutual friendship, tolerance and respect that the tournament represents. After the tournament, the stadium will be downscaled to its existing capacity.

Al-Khor Stadium

 

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Al-Khor Stadium ; image credit qatar.to/stadiums

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Location: Al-Khor, Qatar

Capacity: 46,000

Architect:

 

Al-Khor is a brand new 45,330-capacity stadium. It is one of the Qatar World Cup stadiums.  It has a stunning seashell motif and a flexible roof. There is a permanent lower tier which have 25,500 seats. The modular upper tier is going to have another 20,000 seats.

The stadium offers spectators a stunning view of the Arabian Gulf from their seats and will be located in a sports and recreation zone.

Al-Rayyan Stadium

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Al-Rayyan Stadium ; image credit qatar.to/stadiums

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Location: Umm Al-Afai, Al-Rayyan, Qatar

Capacity: 44,740

Architect:

 

The Al-Rayyan Stadium already have a seating capacity of 21,282. It is one of the Qatar World Cup stadiums. They are planning to expand to 44740 seats meanwhile. Modular elements will be used to form the upper tier.

The stadium is designed with a special “media membrane” facade that acts as a screen for projecting news, especially updates.

Al-Wakrah Stadium

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Al-Wakrah Stadium ; image credit qatar.to/stadiums

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Location: Al Wakrah, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000

Architect:

 

Al-Wakrah is one of Qatar’s oldest cities. It is one of the Qatar World Cup stadiums. It has a long history of commercial fishing and pearl diving. The Al-Wakrah stadium will be having a seating capacity of around 45,120.

The stadium takes its cues from the sea that has played such an important role in the city’s history.

Al-Shamal Stadium

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Al-Shamal Stadium ; image credit qatar.to/stadiums

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Location: Ash Shamal, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000

Architect: Albert Speer & Partner GmbH

 

Al-Shamal stadium will have a capacity of 45,120. It is one od the Qatar World Cup stadiums. There is a permanent lower tier of 25,500 seats. Another modular upper tier will be set up to extend the capacity up to 45,000.

The stadiums shape is derived from the “dhow” fishing boat used in the Gulf. Fans are expected to arrive from the Doha Expressway, water taxis, the Bahrain-Qatar Friendship Bridge and the new Metrorail.

Khalifa International Stadium

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Khalifa International Stadium ; image credit www.ptw.com.au

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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 68,030

Architect: Foster & Partners

 

The stadium was redesigned for Qatar’s successful hosting of the 2006 Asian Games. it is one of the Qatar World Cup Stadiums. Khalifa International Stadium’s current capacity of 50,000 will be expanded to 68,030 for the FIFA World Cup 2022.

The stadium includes sweeping arcs and partially covered stands. This is probably the centerpiece of Aspire Zone. The sports complex includes the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence, ASPETAR Sports Medicine Hospital and many other sporting venues.

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