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To mark the two-year countdown to the FIFA Qatar 2022 World Cup, check out the progress we are making in each of our eight stadium locations.

Three Khalifa International Stadiums, Al Janoub and Education City have all been inaugurated and are fully functional, with the other five in various stages of construction.

The eight stadiums will end well before the tournament, which will start on November 21, 2022.

Al Bayt Stadiums

capacity: 60,000

designer: Dar Al-Handasah

Distance from Doha city center: 43 km (27 miles)

An extraordinary view will welcome fans at Al Bayt Stadium, which is being handed over by the Aspire Zone Foundation. Designed to represent Arab hospitality, the country will host nine matches until the semi-finals of Qatar 2022 and is covered by a structure resembling a traditional Arab tent known as ‘bayt al sha’ar’, complete with a reversible state-of-the-art roof.

Construction update:

The stadium structure is complete and ready to host matches. This includes setting up the stadium field in world record time. It is the second place in the Qatar 2022 tournament to achieve a five-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS). The surrounding Al Bayt Park is also open to the public.

Al Janoub Stadiums

capacity: 40,000

Design inspired by: Dame Zaha Hadid

Distance from Doha city center: 23 km (14 miles)

Located in Al Wakrah with a design inspired by the late British-Iraqi architect Dame Zaha Hadid, the futuristic Al Janoub Stadium will host seven matches until the 16-stage stage during Qatar 2022. The design is inspired by the sails of traditional dhow ships in honor of Al Wakrah’s maritime past. An innovative cooling system and retractable roof means the stadium can be used all year round.

The stadium was inaugurated on May 16, 2019 before the Amir Cup final of those years. Most recently, Al Janoub played host to matches in the AFC 2020 Champions League Western Zone and is also a venue for the Eastern Zone part of the competition. The stadium has also been selected by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) as the venue for the AFC 2020 Champions League final on 19 December.

Al Rayyan Stadium

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Al Rayyan Stadium

capacity: 40,000

designer: Ramboll

Distance from Doha city center: 22 km (14 miles)

Al Rayyan Stadium will display the best of Qatari culture when it hosts seven matches until the 16th stage during Qatar 2022. The exterior will consist of intricate models representing Qatar, from its history of trade to diverse wildlife. The landscapes of Al Rayyan Desert will be reflected on the façade and in the dune-shaped hospitality areas and freight stalls located around the stadium complex.

Construction update:

Recent infrastructure finishes include the stadium façade, the installation of seats and the play area. The stadium is set to be inaugurated in the near future.

Al Thumama Stadium

capacity: 40,000

designer: Arab Bureau of Engineering

Distance from Doha city center: 13 km (8 miles)

The design of Al Thumama Stadium has been inspired by ‘gahfiya’, a traditional woven cap worn for centuries by men all over the Arab world. It is the first FIFA World Cup venue designed by Qatari architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah. The stadium will host eight matches until the quarterfinals during Qatar 2022.

Construction update:

The roof and facade works have been completed, as well as the installation of the stadium whitewash. Installation of seats, along with mechanical, electrical and hydraulic works, plus finishing, are ongoing.

Education City Stadium

capacity: 40,000

designer: FIA Architects Fenwick Iribarren

Distance from Doha city center: 12 km (7 miles)

The City of Education Stadium is located in the heart of the Qatar Foundation, a vibrant center for knowledge and innovation, where this ultramodern arena will be a convenient addition and a lasting symbol of sustainability. The stadium will host eight matches until the quarterfinals during Qatar 2022 and will eventually become the home of the Qatari women’s national team.

The stadium became the first Qatar 2022 tournament venue to receive a five-star GSAS sustainability rating before its inauguration in June 2020. Most recently, Education City hosted the AFC 2020 Champions League Western Zone and is also a place for the Eastern Zone part of the competition.

Khalifa International Stadium

capacity: 40,000

Distance from Doha city center: 13 km (8 miles)

On May 19, 2017, Khalifa International Stadium became the first FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium to open when it hosted the Amir Cup final in front of more than 40,000 fans. Located in the Aspire Zone, the historic site previously hosted the Asian Games and the AFC Asian Cup. The stadium is set to host eight games until the play-offs in third place during Qatar 2022.

Recent events that have taken place at Khalifa International include the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships, the 24th Arab Gulf Cup and the 2019 FIFA Qatar World Clubs World Cup. This year, the stadium hosted matches in the Western Zone of the Champions League. of AFC 2020 and is also a place for the Eastern Zone part of the competition.

Lusail Stadium, Qatar

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Lusail Stadiums

capacity: 80,000

designer: Foster + Partners

Distance from Doha city center: 16 km (10 miles)

The 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium will embody Qatar’s ambition and passion for sharing Arab culture with the world. The design of this magnificent stadium is inspired by the interaction of light and shadow that characterizes the lantern beacon. The site will also become the central part of Lusail, a newly built state art metropolis, created specifically for the needs of the residents. The stadium will host ten matches until and including the FIFA Qatar 2022 World Cup final.

Construction update:

The concrete works of the stadiums and the installation of the steel bowl have been completed, while the great erection of the roof has begun. The installation of the steel construction and the facade of the stadiums are in progress, as well as the mechanical, engineering, hydraulic and finishing works.

Ras Abu Aboud Stadiums

capacity: 40,000

designer: FIA Architects Fenwick Iribarren

Distance from Doha city center: 10 km (6 miles)

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will be the first fully disassembled and reusable tournament venue in FIFA World Cup history. Designed by Fenwick Iribarren Architects, this 40,000-capacity stadium will be constructed using transport containers and other modular materials. Overlooking the stunning skyline of Doha Corniche and West Bay, the stadium will host seven matches until the round of 16 stage during Qatar 2022.

Construction update:

The stadium will be constructed using 998 modular containers, with delivery and installation of all remaining containers now completed. This includes special containers for the Kahramaa Primary Substation. All remaining structural steel members, including tension rods, are also delivered and installed. The installation of all seats in the stadium bowl has also been completed.

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