As an event management company, we are planning and getting ready for the build up to the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup. Therefore we’re taking a look into Qatar and where the matches will be based.

Where Is Qatar?

Qatar is one of the seven countries that makes up the Arabian Peninsula.

Located in the Middle East, Qatar is part of both the Northern and Eastern hemisphere. The country has one land border which is Saudi Arabia and is surrounded by the Persian Gulf on the north, east, and southeast and the Gulf of Bahrain on the west.

Doha capital city of Qatar skyline at sunrise.

How will the Qatar World Cup be different?

There are a lot of firsts for the Qatar 2022 FIFA world cup. One of the biggest of these is the fact that Qatar will be the first Muslim and Arab country to have ever hosted the FIFA world cup.

Additionally, the Qatar world cup will mark the first FIFA world cup to not be hosted in May, June or July. Instead, the tournament is set to be hosted from November to mid-December. Being played in a reduced time frame of 28 days with the final planned for the 18th December 2022.

The change in season from Summer to Winter is due to Qatar’s sweltering climate. With highs of 41°C in the Summertime.

Furthermore, the Qatar 2022 FIFA world cup will be the last tournament to involve 32 teams. Going forward there will be a total of 48 teams scheduled for the 2026 FIFA world cup.

Doha capital city of Qatar

Where will the stadiums be located?

The 2022 FIFA world cup will take place across the country in 8 state-of-the-art stadiums. Seven of these venues are to be built from scratch and one being fully refurbished to FIFA’s high standards.

Theses stadiums are:

1. Al-Khalifa International

This stadium was built in Qatar’s capital, Doha, in 1976. It has been completely refurbished and remodelled and opened back up in 2017. One of the cool (literally) features is the cooling technology they have used to ensure players and fans stay cool. It has a capacity of 40,000 and will host matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup semi-finals.

Each of the stadiums has a unique design feature. The Al-Khalifa International stadium has dual arches to represent continuity and the embracing of fans from across the globe.

2. Al-Janoub

Located by the coast in the city of Al-Wakrah, it also boasts a 40,000 capacity to host the FIFA World Cup semi-finals. Al-Janoub opened last year and was the first stadium to open that had been built from scratch.

The architect for this stadium is Iraqi Zaha Hadid. He said his designs were inspired by the nature of the coast- sailing, maritime trade and fishing.

3. Education City

This stadium is also in Qatar’s capital, Doha, and will host the World Cup Qatar 2022 matches up to the quarter-finals. It has the ability to hold 40,000 spectators.

One of the unique things about Education City Stadium is that once the tournament has ended, 20,000 seats will be donated to developing countries.

There were plans in 2020 to showcase this stadium by hosting an international tournament featuring Portugal, Croatia, Switzerland and Belgium. However, due to the global coronavirus pandemic, these had to be postponed.

4. Al-Bayt

This stadium is truly special to Qatar. Based in the city of Al-Khor, it is the world’s first Arab designed stadium. With the form of a traditional ‘House of Poetry’ tent. it is the second-largest stadium and holds 60,000 spectators.

Another unique design feature to the Al-Bayt stadium is that it has a retractable roof. Additionally, once the tournament is over the upper part of the stadium will be dismantled and donated to developing countries.

5. Al-Rayyan

The Al-Rayyan stadium owes its name to the city it’s built in. This stadium has a capacity of 40,000 spectators. It is the only World Cup 2022 stadium to take the name of a Qatar football club, Al-Rayyan. This is in order to recognise and respect the history and popularity of the club. Additionally, the new stadium has been built on the site of the club’s former stadium, Ahmed Bin Ali.

The inspiration behind the architectural design of this stadium is based on the beautiful and wild sand dunes located to the west of Qatar.

6. Lusail

The Lusail Stadium is located in the city of Lusail. It is the largest of the eight stadiums that will be used for the 2022 FIFA world cup. Boasting a massive 80,000 seat capacity, this is the stadium that will be used for the inaugural match as well as the cup final. Additionally, it will host various matches throughout the 28-day tournament.

The stadium is inspired and designed to reflect the interplay of light and shadow that characterises the traditional Arabic fanar lantern. With the structure and façade echoing the intricate decorative motifs on bowls, vessels and other art pieces found across the Arab and Islamic world.

7. Ras Abu Abboud

The Ras Abu Abboud Stadium is also set in the city of Doha. One of the unique design features of this stadium is the fact that it has been designed with the intention of being able to dismantle it after the tournament. These dismantled parts will then be used for both sporting and non-sporting projects.

It has a 40,000 seat capacity. A key design feature of this stadium is the fact that it’s inspired by the shape of the Gahfiya. This is the traditional headgear worn by men in the countries of the Middle East.

Additionally, it will hold a clinic of the Aspetar Hospital for sports medicine and orthopaedics. Not only will this clinic look after players during the Qatar 2022 FIFA world cup. It will continue to take care of athletes from across the globe as part of the care offered by Aspetar to sports people across the world.

8. Al-Thumama

The Al-Thumama stadium has a capacity of 40,000. It will host games up to the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA world cup. The stadium received the MIPIM/Architectural Review Future Project Award for the best design in the sport and stadiums category in May 2018. 

One highlight is the stadium’s green spaces that extend for 50,000 square metres.

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