Qatar steps up its campaign to bring the World Cup to the Middle East for the first time after unveiling details of three new stadiums and the “world-first, carbon-neutral technology” it would use to cool venues, fan fests and training sites if the Gulf state is successful in its quest to secure the 2022 tournament.
New stadiums plans:
Al-Shamal – a 45,120 capacity stadium located in the north of Qatar, on the edge of the Arabian Gulf. The stadium’s bowl shape design is derived from the “traditional dhows” – the local fishing boats of the Gulf.
Around 10% of spectators for Al-Shamal are expected to arrive via the Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Bridge, which will be the longest free-standing bridge in the world.
Al-Khor – a 45,330 capacity stadium located in the north east of Qatar, set in its own park setting and designed as a stunning asymmetrical seashell motif. Some spectators will be able to see the Gulf from their seats while players will benefit from a flexible roof providing shade over the pitch.
Al-Wakrah – a 45,000 capacity stadium located in the south of Qatar, set in a park setting that includes a themed swimming pool, spa zone, spots facilities and shopping mall. The main stadium entrance will face onto a plaza that will create a sense of one large extended park.
Two existing stadiums would be expanded if Qatar wins the right to stage the 2022 World Cup.
Al Rayyan – located 20km northwest of Doha, its current capacity will double to 44,740 via a modular upper tier stand. A special membrane will double as a giant screen on the side of the stadium projecting flash match updates and tournament information.
Al Gharafa – located close to Doha, its current capacity will also double to 44,740 via a modular upper tier stand. The stadium facade will be made up of the colours of all the countries qualifying for Qatar 2022, symbolising the friendship, mutual tolerance and respect of the FIFA World Cup and Qatar.