As Qatar gears up to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 in November, football fans around the world are eager to get a glimpse of the stadiums and the city in general. Besides football itself, the all-powerful building projects currently underway across Qatar are creating more buzz than the actual event. Some are calling it ambitious. However, many are marvelled by the space-age themed stadiums. A total of 7 new stadiums will be built for the tournament, while another has already undergone extensive renovation.
Nevertheless, there has been a race against time to have all 8 Qatar World Cup stadiums ready by November 2022 for this massive event and football fans across the globe have been keen to learn the details of each arena.
So, we would like to give you a brief scripted tour of these Eight stadiums and the cities it resides in. Have a look!
Doha Port Stadium
Doha Port Stadium is the first stadium to be built around water. Therefore, Qatar will be the first host nation to display a complete stadium around the water. Reported to host 45,000 people on an eventful day, the stadium is said to use the water around as a natural cooling system.
The Al-Gharrafa Stadium was initially built in 2003, with a capacity of less than 25,000. However, it will be undergoing major renovations as it is redeveloped into a World Cup stadium. The outer part of the stadium will be covered in ribbons, which represent the nations who qualify for the 2022 World Cup, to promote unity among nations.
This design may seem very modern and innovative, but it is based on the traditional fishing boats of the regions known as a “Dhow.” It very well reflects the fishing history of the region and shows how easily Qatar can incorporate cultural aspects into their spectacular designs. Also, the stadium is very easily accessible, and fans can reach the stadium by multiple means of public transportation.
The design of the stadium is based on a seashell and provides spectators with another deeper look into Qatari culture; not to mention they will have a breathtaking view of the Persian Gulf, just outside the stadium.
Umm Salal Stadium
Located about 40 miles from Doha, this stadium is like no stadium in the world. With a design based on traditional; Arabian forts, it will be a true architectural masterpiece. It is truly like nothing we have ever seen before, and the fact that is a football stadium is mindblowing.
Education City Stadium
Located in between Universities, the Education City Stadium fits the title. A stadium that glistens at nighttime to provide wonderful lighting, it is a highly accessible stadium, just 51 miles from Bahrain on the railway. After the World Cup, the stadium will be downsized to hold 25,000 and will be used as a sporting venue for the local Universities.
Khalifa International Stadium
The stadium has already been used as the host of a recent Brazil-Argentina friendly. It was constructed in 1976 and was part of the 2006 Asian Games, as well as a host of last year’s Brazil-England friendly. It was renovated in 2005 and has a current capacity of around 40,000, however, it will be undergoing major renovations to prepare for the 2022 World Cup.
Another interesting thing to know about the stadium is that it has a large platform on the eastern side, which can be used for launching fireworks. This would be pretty interesting to see at the World Cup.
Al-Wakrah is Qatar’s oldest city, and the stadium takes a lot of inspiration from the seas and waters which shaped the history of the nation. The curved, blue appearance also reflects the culture of fishing and pearl diving. It is currently home to the Al-Wakrah football team, and has a capacity of around 20,000, but will undergo some major remodelling before becoming a World Cup stadium.