Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Legacy and Delivery, Hassan al-Thawadi said that the stadium’s design is inspired by the ‘gahfiya’ and reflects the harmony between Qatari heritage they take pride in and Qatar‘s aspiration towards the future.
He explained that the Arabs are attached to this clothing, regardless of change in name or design and noted that gahfiya was one of the early symbol of a Qatari man’s identity.
“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,” said al-Thawadi.
“Given its cultural and historical relevance, I am confident that, once completed, Al Thumama Stadium will become a favourite among the region’s sports fans and a sporting landmark that demonstrates to future generations just how unique the Qatar World Cup will be,” he added.
He stressed that FIFA World Cup 2022 is a tournament for the region and for the Arab World. The Secretary-General said that choosing Qatari architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah (in pic) reflects the commitment of the committee to rely on the Qatari identity and culture in developing the local economy.
“We’ve always been very careful to combine the past with the future, even when it comes to our designs. This is already showcased at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. The gahfiya is a continuation of that,” al-Thawadi said.
The event will an incentive to promote the local industry and economy and the committee is committed to develop local talents, he added.
“Ibrahim Jaidah is very well known in the State of Qatar. The Ministry of Interior Qatar building is one example of that. That’s why we believed he had the talent, the passion and the commitment for this project,” the secretary-general said, adding, “It was essential for us to promote and shine the spotlight on such talent and considering his track record and experience, he was well placed for us to be able to work with him, and utilise his talent in one of our stadiums.”
It is the first stadium which had its design revealed digitally. The secretary-general explained the committee’s rationale by saying that it allowed them to reach a wider audience.
“We’ve always said this is a World Cup for the Arab world, that’s why it was very important for us that the Arab world celebrates and joins us in this launch.” He said.