The Supreme Committee for delivery and Legacy (SC) revealed the design of Al Thumama Stadium, the sixth venue for the FIFA World Cup 2022 to be held in Qatar. It is the first stadium that will be designed by the Arabs and Qataris for the event.
The design is based on ‘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.
“With just over five years to go until Qatar opens the doors of the Middle East to the world, this symbolic design embodies everything that unites us as Arabs and Muslims, and is a fitting tribute to the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East,” Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Legacy and Delivery, Al Thawadi said.
The project is a Qatar-Turkey joint venture between AlJaber Engineering and Turkey’s largest construction company, Tekfen, with enabling works successfully completed in 2016. The stadium is expected to be complete by 2020.
Chairman of the Supreme Committee’s Technical Delivery Office, Eng Hilal Jeham Al Kuwari commented on the announcement and said that “This is another unique design that all of Qatar will be proud of, given its rich cultural connotations.”
The stadium will be technologically advanced with world-class standards of disabled access and SCs revolutionary cooling technology, which has already been tried successfully in Khalifa International Stadium.
Al Thawadi stressed that the event will be for the Arab world, he also said that the committee will promote local industry and economy.
The stadium is designed by renowned Qatari architect Ibrahim M Jaidah, the man behind Qatar Museums Fire Station gallery and Doha’s new Ministry of Interior building, and comes from the Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB).