As football fans await the ‘historic’ tournament, set to unfold in Qatar on November 21, 2022, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and Qatar Football Association (QFA) yesterday revealed that another FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadium will be inaugurated next month. – Al Rayyan world cup Stadium
Al Rayyan Stadium will host the Amir Cup 2020 final between Al Sadd and Al Arabi on December 18, coinciding with Qatar National Day, SC and QFA confirmed.
This will be the fourth tournament-ready venue that Qatar will launch ahead of the FIFA World Cup in 2022.The three stadiums that the country has already taken the wraps off include, the Khalifa International Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium and Education City Stadium.
According to SC’s latest report on the progress of other stadiums, Al Bayt, Al Thumama, Ras Abu Abboud and Lusail stadiums are at different stages of construction.Qatar 2022 FIFA world cup: world cup notebook 120 page 6*9
Regarding the Al Rayyan Stadium, the SC report stated, “Recent infrastructure completions include the stadium façade, seating installation and the playing surface. The stadium will be inaugurated when it hosts the 2020 Amir Cup final on December 18.”
The 40-000 capacity stadium “will showcase the very best of Qatari culture when it hosts seven matches up to the round of 16 stage during Qatar 2022,” the SC report highlighted.
The outer façade of the stadium will comprise intricate patterns representing Qatar, from its history of trade to its varied wildlife.
“Al Rayyan’s desert landscapes will be reflected on the façade – and in the dune-shaped hospitality areas and merchandise stalls dotted around the stadium complex,” the report added. Al Rayyan world cup Stadium
Earlier this year, Qatar launched the third match-ready venue of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which was celebrated with a special TV program.
In a speech on the occasion, HH the Amir had praised healthcare workers at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19, calling them the “champions of these times.”
Engineer Hilal Al Kuwari, Chairman of the SC’s Technical Delivery Office, felt the occasion was a massive achievement on the road to the first World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world. “Five stadiums have now been completed, including Khalifa, Al Janoub, Education City, Al Bayt and Al Rayyan. The remaining three will be delivered in the near future in order to give us plenty of time to test our operational plans,” said Al Kuwari.
He added: “The successful delivery of the stadium in Al Rayyan – on time and within budget – is testament to the outstanding collaboration of the SC team, our numerous contractors and valued stakeholders. We are incredibly excited to launch this venue on Qatar National Day, exactly two years to the day before everyone focuses on our country for the World Cup final.”
The stadium was awarded several glowing Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) ratings, thanks to the considerable sustainability and efficiency measures that have been embedded in the design to reduce the stadium’s carbon footprint. They include the use of recycled building materials and retaining trees from the surrounding environment. Many of the recycled materials used in the new stadium complex came from the deconstructed Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium that once occupied the site.
“The building of this stadium, which incorporated the careful deconstruction of Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium and the reuse of materials from that structure in the new project, is an outstanding achievement for the SC,” said Engineer Yasir Al Jamal, Vice Chairman of the SC’s Technical Delivery Office.
“From the beginning, sustainability was at the forefront of this project, amid the unique challenges we faced during the development. I’m very proud of the SC team and our valued stakeholders for delivering this outstanding venue.”
After Qatar 2022, the modular upper tier of the stadium will be removed, with the seats being repurposed into sporting facilities in Qatar and overseas.