The first FIFA World Cup in the Arab World and in a Muslim-majority country will also leave a sustainable legacy. Qatar won the right to host the World Cup in December 2010, and they vowed to bring innovation, education, and sustainability to the 2022 event that will host 32 teams with 65 total matches.
Qatari and Arab Culture
Many of the stadium designs are shaped after traditional symbols from the region: Al Bayt Stadium is completely covered by a tent that is inspired by nomadic Qatari and Arab culture; Al Rayyan Stadium mirrors the landscape with sand dune shaped structures; Al Thumama Stadium replicates the Gahfiya – a cap worn by males in the Arab World; and the Qatar Foundation Stadium will appear as a diamond in the desert due to its location in Education City, home of multiple American Universities.
Qatar not only plans on creating sustainable practices and stadiums, but they also plan on supporting the sport long after the event concludes.
The Lusail Stadium and Khalifa International Stadium will be easily accessible by the upgraded roads, Doha Metro and Light Rail Transit System.
Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, made completely from shipping containers, will be completely dismantled and its parts will be shipped to create other sporting facilities across the developing world.
Al Bayt Stadium, Al Rayyan, Al Thumama, Al Wakrah, Qatar Foundation, and Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will donate about 170,000 seats to developing countries in order to build stadiums elsewhere. In addition, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy is designing the venues with environmentally friendly material. This is a show of Qatar’s generosity and passion for seeing others fall in love with the sport.
Qatar’s stadiums have won multiple prestigious awards including: the MIPIM/Architectural Revie Future Project Award and a four-star GSAS sustainability certificate.