Qatar has revealed the design of Al Thumama Stadium, the sixth 2022 FIFA World Cup venue.
Al Thumama Stadium is one of seven venues currently under construction across Qatar, with the Khalifa International Stadium having been completed and inaugurated in May in Doha.
The distinctive white bowl design, adorned with an intricate pattern, is based on the gahfiya, an essential component of traditional Arab dress that holds in place the ghutra and aghal, which together form a symbol of dignity and independence.
The stadium is being designed by renowned Qatari architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah, who is also behind Qatar Museum’s Fire Station gallery and Doha’s new Ministry of Interior building, and comes from the Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB), the oldest architectural and engineering consulting firm in Qatar.
Jaidah also worked on the previous headquarters for Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, printed on the one hundred Qatari riyal note.
Al Thumama Stadium is set for completion in 2020 and will seat 40,000 spectators and host matches up to the quarter-final stage when the FIFA World Cup kicks off on November 21, 2022.
The innovative arena is being built by a Qatar-Turkey joint venture between AlJaber Engineering and Turkey‘s largest construction company, Tekfen, with enabling works successfully completed in 2016.