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DOHA – Stadiums: Al Thumama Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium

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Fans of the World Cup will undoubtedly want to learn further about Qatar and everything it has to offer its visitors now that the mantle has been passed from Russia to Qatar. Guests will undoubtedly want to know where the events and matches will be hosted in order to get a sense of the local culture and climate.

Some stadiums are still under construction. The unique designs of the stadiums were created by world-renowned architects. All of these stadiums embody Qatari culture, but they are also accessible, comfortable, sustainable, and will create a significant legacy for the people of Qatar.

Throughout this series of posts, we’ll get a closer look at some of the World Cup 2022 venues that were built from scratch. We’ll focus on two of them today.

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Al Thumama Stadium

In the Arab world, the customary gahfiya (which is the traditional cap worn by the locals) is a distinguishing architectural icon. Al Thumama Stadium is no exception. Arabs all over the world share a cultural affinity with this design.

In Arab culture, it is a treasured element of family life that stands for the dignity and self-reliance of every young man as he grows into manhood.

As planes land at Hamad International Airport, many visitors get their first glimpse of this majestic stadium. Many Arab families immediately identify with this stunning form since it represents such a significant aspect of their life and culture.

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Concept and design

For generations, men and boys in the Middle East wore a round woven headgear as a symbol of status and honor. As a result, it conveys the breadth and complexity of Arab civilization and the countries’ shared cultural and historical heritage.

Al Thumama Stadium was conceptualized and designed by the Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB), one of Qatar’s oldest engineering and architectural organizations. The green architecture of the stadium means that it uses 40% less fresh water than a traditional stadium. Green areas are watered with recycled water.

Capacity

Stadium seating will be decreased to 20,000 and gifted to developing countries after the event, which will take place in Doha’s southern neighborhoods within minutes from Hamad International Airport. The stadium seats at least 40,000 people.

The stadium’s dimensions will be decreased following the event to make it more suitable for local use. The remainder of the funds will be given to other countries. This stadium will be transformed into a luxury hotel and an Aspetar Sports Clinic after the World Cup.

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium

The development of the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium is a first for sports stadiums worldwide. This stadium was built out of shipping containers and will be removed and the resources used to build it will be repurposed.

Repurposed parts of the stadium will be used for both sporting and non-sporting ventures after FIFA World Cup 2022. There will be a waterfront development where the stadium currently stands.

Concept and design

Ras Abu Aboud has a football stadium called Stadium 974 (previously Ras Abu Aboud Stadium). This year’s new stadium, known as Stadium 974, is based on Qatar’s global trade and maritime heritage. Code 974 is both Qatar’s international dialing code and the handful of container ships utilized in construction.

Stadium 974 serves as a model for stadium constructors and tournament organizers around the world, providing the essential infrastructure for athletic events around the world. Construction expenses were kept down by using fewer materials because of the temporary nature of the venue and its ingenious modular design.

The stadium has a stunning view of the West Bay skyscrapers and the Gulf of Oman and is only a short drive from Hamad International Airport.

Capacity

The 40,000-seat stadium will be the first in the history of the FIFA World Cup to be completely dismantled, making it a really exceptional piece of architecture. Modular “building blocks” such as shipping containers are used to build the structure.

Construction expenses were kept down by using fewer materials because of the temporary nature of the venue and its ingenious modular design.