FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar

FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar

Winning the bid for the FIFA World Cup 2020 was an honour not just for the country, but for the region. Qatar is currently preparing itself to welcome a global audience into its home for one of the most widely-attended events in the world. Qatar is undergoing a complete infrastructural makeover to cater to a global audience.

These infrastructural projects include the building and development of existing facilities such as stadiums, roads and freeways, an extensive railway network, housing projects, hotels, malls and even the brand new Hamad International Airport. Each of these will be world-class facilities that will offer an unparalleled quality of services. 

Qatar’s preparation for World Cup 2022



Many new stadiums will be built to accommodate a large number of spectators from all over the world. For the ease and comfort of both spectators and players, air conditioning units will be installed across all stadiums. A number of existing stadiums will be developed to accommodate a larger number of spectators than is possible at present. This will be made possible by installing modular seats, which can be removed or retained after the 2022 World Cup tournament.


Lusail Iconic Stadium

The design of this stadium, to be located in the upcoming Lusail City, is inspired by the sail of a traditional show boat surrounded by water. It will host the opening and final matches of the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

Capacity: 86,250


Al-Gharafa Stadium

This stadium currently has a seating capacity of 21,175. It will be expanded to seat nearly double the number of people on an upper tier built using modular elements. Ribbons representing the nations which qualify for the World Cup 2022 will form the façade of the stadium. These ribbons will also symbolise mutual football, mutual friendship, tolerance and unity, which are all values the tournament represents.

Capacity: 44,740


Al-Khor Stadium

Al-Khor Stadium will be built with a marvellous seashell motif and a flexible roof. It will consist of two tiers – the permanent lower tier and a modular upper tier, which will seat 25000 and 19,830 persons, respectively.

It will be located in a sports and recreation zone and spectators will have a magnificent view of the Arabian Gulf from their seats.

Capacity: 45,330 


Al-Rayyan Stadium

Al-Rayyan Stadium, which currently has a capacity of 21,182 will be expanded to seat 44,740 persons using modular elements to form an upper tier. A special ‘media membrane’ façade will act as a screen to project news, updates and current matches. Once the tournament is over, the stadium will be downsized to its current capacity.

Capacity: 44,740 


Al-Shamal Stadium

This stadium too will have two tiers of which the lower tier will be a permanent one. The stadium’s design and shape are derived from the traditional Gulf ‘dhow’ fishing boat. Spectators can arrive at the stadium via the Doha Expressway, water taxis, the Bahrain-Qatar Friendship Bridge as well as the Doha Metro Rail.

Capacity: 45,120 


Al-Wakrah Stadium

The design of Al-Wakrah Stadium, located in one of Qatar’s oldest cities with a long history of commercial fishing and pearl diving, is inspired by the sea which has shaped its history.

Capacity: 45,120 


Doha Port Stadium

This stadium will sit on an artificial peninsula in the Gulf and will be completely modular. It will be cooled using water, which will run over its outer façade and add to its aesthetic appeal. Both water taxis and ferries will transport visitors to the stadium.

Capacity: 44,950


Education City Stadium

Shaped like a jagged diamond which glitters by day and glows by night, Education City Stadium will be located in the middle of several university campuses at Education City. 

After the World Cup, the stadium will retain 25,000 seats for use by university athletic teams.

Capacity: 45,350 


Khalifa International Stadium

Located in Aspire Zone, Khalifa International Stadium will be expanded to accommodate more than 60,000 spectators. It will include sweeping arcs and partially covered stands. Also located within a short radius are some of Qatar’s finest sports facilities such as Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence, ASPETAR Sports Medicine Hospital and many other sporting venues.  

Capacity: 68,030 


Qatar University Stadium

This stadium currently consists of a running track and a field. After the 2022 World Cup, the stadium will also serve the students of Qatar University in their sports tournaments and other sporting events in Qatar. The design of the stadium consists of a gold façade, which blends traditional Arabic geometric patterns with free-form open surfaces, which create the image of the past and the future.

Capacity: 43,520 


Sports City Stadium

Sports City Stadium is inspired from traditional Arab tents. It will consist of a retractable roof, a partly retractable pitch and retractable stands which will serve the people even beyond the World Cup 2022 tournament. Apart from football, it will also be able to accommodate concerts, theatre performances and other non-football related athletic events.

Capacity: 47,560


Umm Slal Stadium

Located in close proximity to one of Qatar’s important forts, Umm Slal Stadium’s design will be a contemporary version of a traditional Arab fort. After the tournament, the Umm Slal Football Club will use this stadium once its seating capacity is reduced to 25,500.

Capacity: 45,120 


Qatar Integrated Railway Project

One of Qatar’s primary goals is to develop an extensive railway network which would serve residents of Qatar in moving from one place to another locally as well as a long distance rail service which would increase mobility of passengers between Qatar and its neighbour Saudi Arabia.

Qatar Rail is developing a world-class efficient public transportation system, which will consist of three main services:

  • Doha Metro
  • Long Distance
  • Light Rail Transit


Doha Metro

The Doha Metro is an important part of Qatar Rail Development Program (QRDP), and will be divided into four lines spread across 216 kilometres and approximately 100 stations. The Metro will cover Greater Doha area and will include connections to different parts of the country, including residential and commercial areas. While the Metro will be underground in central Doha, it will be above ground on the outskirts and other areas.

It will be divided into four routes: Red Line (Coast Line), Green Line (Education Line), Gold Line (Historic Line) and Blue Line (City Line).


Long Distance Passenger and Freight Rail

The long distance rail network is planned over a length of approximately 510 kilometres. The QRDP plans to develop a long distance rail network that will carry passengers between Qatar and its neighbouring GCC states Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain.


Lusail Light Rail Transit 

This new rail transit system will be located across Lusail City, the waterfront city located at the north of Doha will extend across 35 sq. km. of land and will be one of the largest developments around the world. To build an entire community in itself, it will encompass not just residential, commercial and retail opportunities but also other facilities for residents such as schools, medical facilities, entertainment and shopping centres.

This transit system will consist of four lines, 25 stations including four at Marina District, one at Entertainment City, one at Energy City, one at Qatar Petroleum District and one at the Pearl Doha station.



Mall of Qatar

Located in a master-planned community Al Rayyan Gate, and in close proximity to Education City and Al Rayyan Stadium that will host some of the 2022 FIFA World Cup matches, Mall of Qatar will be one of Qatar’s largest mixed use/residential and educational community. The mall will house over 400 international brands, including a luxury court, which will feature brands by some of the world’s best designers.

With over 20 international restaurants, 21 food court eateries and 40 cafés and specialty food stores

The Doha Metro will link Mall of Qatar to the rest of the city

In addition, a live performance area ‘QLIVE’ with a four-storey high glass dome roof will have live programming throughout the year.

Area: 4 million sq. feet

Parking: 7000 spaces (including 3000 indoor spaces)


Doha Festival City

Doha Festival City located on Al Shamal Road, is one of the largest retail developments in Qatar. Its anchor tenant, Swedish furniture giant IKEA opened doors in early 2013.

It will feature more than 500 stores and over 85 restaurants and cafés.

An indoor and outdoor entertainment park will entertain families and children throughout the day.

The mall will also house two five-star hotels and a large conference centre to give the business community in Qatar easy access to a business venue.

One of the unique and exciting features of this mall is the cinema theatres with VOX MAX technology, which will enhance the moviegoer’s experience with motion-based seating. Each of these cinemas will feature a 20m digital wide-screen equipped with 3D technology. The VOX Gold service will feature the country’s first in-theatre butler service.

Area: 433,847 m2


Marina Mall Qatar

Set against the Lusail Marina on the east coast of Qatar, the Marina Mall will be linked to five pebble-shaped retail islands. The mall building alone will have over three main levels including a hypermarket in the basement. It will also have cinema theatres, family entertainment centres, and restaurants with terraces overlooking the marina and spa facilities.

The design of the mall is inspired by natural forms that are created when land and water meet.

Area: 1.07 million sq. ft.


North Gate Mall

North Gate Mall, located on Al Khairatiyat Street off Shamal Road, will feature three floors with cinemas, a supermarket, as well as leading home, fashion, dining and entertainment brands and stores. There will also be a Crystal Garden, indoor/outdoor Market Street, Shamal Hall and other features which will make it a very community-friendly place.

Area: 100,000 m2

Parking: 4000 (approximately)


Tawar Mall

Tawar Mall will be the first green mall in Qatar. It will consist of three floors with over 265 stores. An interesting feature of the mall will be its oriental-themed rooftop indoor/outdoor open rooftop garden along with a deck of mezzanine-floored restaurants and coffee shops next to a large food court that can seat more than 1000 persons. The skylight above will allow natural light into the area. 

Other facilities comprise twelve 3D cinema screens (including two separate VIP Screens and VIP Lounge), a family entertainment/splash center, a four-star hotel and a large hypermarket.

Area: 106,000 m2

Parking: Two levels of basement parking with approximately 2600 spots.



Other Projects


Lusail City (Seef Lusail or City of Tides)

Lusail City is a planned city that will extend across 38 square kilometers and will consist of four exclusive islands and 19 multi-purpose residential, entertainment, mixed use and commercial districts.

It will initially be able to accommodate around 200,000 residents and 170,000 employees and will be able to welcome 80,000 visitors. It also has a prominent marina called the Lusail Marina where yachts and boats can be docked.

The city will also have a prominent mall in the form of Marina Mall, which will house a large selection of local and international brands and stores as well as dining and entertainment options.


Msheireb Downtown Doha

Msheireb’s Downtown Doha project will blend traditional Qatari heritage and aesthetics with modern technology to create a commercial heart for Doha. Sustainability and harmony with the environment is a major focus for the project. However, the central concept includes building a mixed-use development that will be a meeting point for people with differing interests – retail, commercial, cultural as well as entertainment areas.

The key aim of the Msheireb project is to discourage the pattern of real estate development, which has tended to use isolated and energy-intensive land use, urban sprawl and an excessive reliance on automobiles and fossil fuels.

On completion, Downtown Doha will be a central location for the people of Doha to come together.


Barwa Commercial Avenue

This will offer retail, commercial and residential space for the residents of Qatar. Located in the Industrial Area, Barwa Commercial Avenue will comprise of five distinct yet interconnected zones that will be offer convenience to shoppers and retailers along with local and international companies as well as persons looking for accommodation