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Qatar 2022: Know more about the FIFA World Cup stadiums

Qatar 2022

Bengaluru/Doha, November 21: With the two-year countdown for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup having started on Saturday (November 21), the Middle East country is the cynosure of all eyes.

In a break from the normal tradition of hosting the FIFA World Cup in the June-July window, Qatar 2022 will be held in winter with the tournament starting on November 21 and ending on December 18 to coincide with the Qatar National Day.

Qatar, who are the reigning Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup champions are building eight stadiums for biggest football show on earth.

Three stadiums -- Khalifa International, Al Janoub and Educational City -- are already complete and hosted many matches in 2020 amidst the raging novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Three more tournament venues -- Al Rayyan, Al Bayt and Al Thumama -- are in the final stages of construction, while the main works at the remaining two stadiums - Ras Abu Aboud and Lusail - will be complete by 2021.

Qatar 2022 will be a 28-day affair as the country is set to host the first FIFA World Cup to be held in Middle East and the entire Arab world.

With SC Media inputs, myKhel.com gives you a sneak preview about the eight stadiums which are all set to host the quadrennial extravaganza in two years' time.

Khalifa International Stadium

Khalifa International Stadium

In May 2017, the renovated stadium was thrown upon. This accomplished 40,000-seat arena already has an illustrious hosting history, having previously hosted the Asian Games, the Gulf Cup and the AFC Asian Cup, among other events.

Initially built in 1976, the Khalifa International Stadium has long been the cornerstone of the country's sporting tradition and is the gatekeeper to its promising future.

Al Janoub Stadium

Al Janoub Stadium

The 40,000 capacity stadium, which resembles more of a traditional Arabian dhow boat was the first to be built from scratch and it was opened in May, 2019 for the Emir's Cup final between Al Duhail and Al Sadd.

After Qatar 2022, the stadium will become a new home for sport and entertainment, with its capacity to be reduced to 20,000, guaranteeing an electric atmosphere.

Education City Stadium

Education City Stadium

Known as 'Diamond in the Desert', the 40,000-seater located in Qatar's education, research and innovation hub was unveiled in June and will host matches up to the quarterfinals of Qatar 2022.

Like diamonds, the stadium's design represents quality, durability and resilience - and will become something to be treasured, both for the memories it holds and its future value to the country.

Al Rayyan Stadium

Al Rayyan Stadium

The 40,000-seating capacity stadium will incorporate symbols of Qatari culture into its spectacular undulating façade.

The facilities surrounding the venue will also mirror the country, with sand dune-shaped structures recalling the beautifully wild lands to the west.

Al Bayt Stadium

Al Bayt Stadium

A giant tent structure will cover the entire 60,000 capacity entire stadium, located in the northern city of Al Khor. The stadium will host the opening match of Qatar 2022 and fixtures right through to the semifinals.

The stadium takes its name from bayt al sha'ar tents which were historically used by nomadic people in Qatar and the Gulf region.

Al Thumama Stadium

Al Thumama Stadium

Steeped in the culture, history and symbolism of Qatar and the region, the 40,000-seat stadium will matches right through to the quarterfinals.

Located 12km south of Doha's glittering skyline and seafront promenade, the stadium's design represents the gahfiya - a traditional woven cap worn people across the Middle East.

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium

Constructed using shipping containers, removable seats and other modular building blocks, not only will this innovative, 40,000-seat venue have a remarkable design, but it will be entirely dismantled and repurposed after the World Cup Qatar.

Its parts will be used in other sporting or non-sporting projects, setting a new standard in sustainability and introducing bold new ideas in tournament legacy planning.

Lusail Stadium

Lusail Stadium

The 80,000-seat stadium will embody Qatar's ambition and its passion for sharing Arab culture with the world. It is here that the Qatar 2022 World Cup final will be staged.

The design of the stadium was inspired by the interplay of light and shadow that characterises the fanar lantern.

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Story first published: Saturday, November 21, 2020, 8:41 [IST]
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