Qatar’s won the right to host the 2022 World Cup finals.The small Middle Eastern country beat bids from Australia, the United States and 2004 World Cup co-hosts Japan and South Korea. The stadiums were designed by Albert Speer & Partner GmbH, the stadiums display striking and dramatic facades and incorporate state-of-the-art technology in an effort to stand out from the crowd bidding to host this popular tournament. The five stadiums will use solar energy to power air-conditioning systems that will keep fans and players cool during the games, in the midst of the Middle Eastern summer.
Qatar’s staging of the tournament had come in for some criticism because of the weather in the country during June and July – when temperatures can rise as high as 50 degrees Celsius – while the close proximity of the stadiums had also raised some questions.
Yet the plans for the stadiums, which are yet to be built, are incredible. Here, we take a look into the future and how the 2022 World Cup will look.
In this handout illustration provided by Qatar 2022, the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee today unveiled detailed plans for the iconic Lusail Stadium. With a capacity in excess of 86,000 and surrounded by water, the stadium would host the World Cup Opening Match and Final.
Doha Port Stadium
Doha Port Stadium. The architecture of the stadium references its location by creating a shape reminiscent of a marine animal.
Doha Port Stadium will be a completely modular stadium with 44,950 seats. The stadium, which will sit on an artificial peninsula in the Gulf, is designed to evoke its marine setting. Water from the Gulf will run over its outer facade, aiding in the cooling process and adding to its visual allure. Fans will have the option of arriving on a water taxi or ferry. After the FIFA World Cup™, the whole stadium will be disassembled and the seats sent to developing countries to further their football development.
Education City Stadium
In this image supplied by Qatar 2022 The Education City stadium is pictured in this artists impression.
Education City Stadium takes the form of a jagged diamond, glittering by day and glowing by night. The 45,350-seat stadium will be located in the midst of several university campuses at Education City, easily accessible for fans both in Qatar and in neighbouring Bahrain, which will be only 51 minutes away from the stadium by high-speed rail. Following the FIFA World Cup™, the stadium will retain 25,000 seats for use by university athletic teams.
Khalifa International Stadium
Redesigned for Qatar’s successful hosting of the 2006 Asian Games, Khalifa International Stadium’s current capacity of 50,000 will be expanded to 68,030 for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. The stadium, which includes sweeping arcs and partially covered stands, is the centerpiece of Aspire Zone, a sports complex that includes the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence, ASPETAR Sports Medicine Hospital and many other sporting venues.
Lusail Iconic Stadium
In this handout illustration provided by Qatar 2022, the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee today unveiled detailed plans for the iconic Lusail Stadium.
The new Lusail Iconic Stadium, with a capacity of 86,250, will host the opening and final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ if Qatar is granted hosting rights. Located in Lusail City, the stadium takes its inspiration from the sail of a traditional dhow boat and is surrounded by water. After the FIFA World Cup™, the stadium will be used to host other spectacular sporting and cultural events.
Qatar 2022 The Sports City Stadium
In this image supplied by Qatar 2022 The Sports City stadium is pictured in this artists impression.
Drawing inspiration from traditional Arab tents, Sports City Stadium will have 47,560 seats. A retractable roof, partly retractable pitch and retractable stands will make the stadium Qatar’s premiere multi-use facility in the decades following the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. The stadiums innovative features will make it an ideal venue for football matches, but also concerts, theatre performances and non-football related athletic events.
Qatar 2022 The Al-Wakrah Stadium
Al-Wakrah is one of Qatar’s oldest cities, with a long history of commercial fishing and pearl diving. Al-Wakrah stadium, with a capacity of 45,120, takes its cues from the sea that has played such an important role in the city’s history. After the FIFA World Cup™, the stadium’s capacity will be reduced to 25,500 seats.
Qatar 2022 The Al-Gharafa Stadium
In this handout image supplied by Qatar 2022 The Al-Gharafa stadium is pictured in this artists impression. The facade will be made up of the colours of the flags of all countries that have qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to symbolise football and the friendship, respect and understanding.
Qatar 2022 The Al-Khor Stadium
In this image supplied by Qatar 2022 The Al-Khor stadium is pictured in this artists impression. Al-Khor is a brand new 45,330-capacity stadium with a stunning seashell motif and a flexible roof. The permanent lower tier seats 25,500 and the modular upper tier seats 19,830. The stadium offers spectators a stunning view of the Arabian Gulf from their seats and will be located in a sports and recreation zone.
Qatar 2022 The Al-Rayyan Stadium
In this image supplied by Qatar 2022 The Al-Rayyan stadium is pictured. The existing Al-Rayyan Stadium with a seating capacity of 21,282 will be expanded to 44,740 seats using modular elements to form an upper tier. The stadium is designed with a special “media membrane” facade that acts as a screen for projecting news, updates and current matches. The stadium will be downsized to its current capacity after the tournament.
Qatar 2022 The Al-Shamal Stadium
In this handout image supplied by Qatar 2022 The Al-Shamal stadium is pictured in this artists impression. Its shape was derived from the traditional ‘dhow’, the local fishing boats of the Arabian Gulf. Al-Shamal stadium will have a capacity of 45,120, with a permanent lower tier of 25,500 seats and a modular upper tier of 19,620 seats. Spectators are expected to arrive from the Doha Expressway, water taxis, the Bahrain-Qatar Friendship Bridge and the new metrorail.
Qatar 2022 The Umm-Slal Stadium
In this handout image supplied by Qatar 2022 The Al-Shamal stadium is pictured in this artists impression. Umm Slal Stadium, located in the vicinity of one of Qatar’s most historically important forts, will have 45,120 seats. The design is a modern interpretation of traditional Arab forts, like the one in nearby Umm Slal Mohammed. After the FIFA World Cup™, seating capacity will be reduced to 25,500. The stadium will be used by Umm Slal F.C.
Qatar University Stadium
Replacing an existing track and field stadium on Qatar University’s campus, Qatar University Stadium will have 43,520 seats. The stadiums gold facade blends traditional Arabic geometric patterns with free-form open surfaces, conjuring both past and future. The stadium will be used by student athletes following the FIFA World Cup™, with a seating capacity of 23,500.