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Al Bayt Stadium: All you need to know about Qatar's new 2022 World Cup venue

04:56 GMT 01/12/2021
Al Bayt Stadium, Qatar
Al Bayt Stadium is the seventh venue to be inaugurated ahead of the 2022 World Cup...

Al Bayt Stadium was the latest Qatar 2022 venue to be officially inaugurated, on Tuesday night, ahead of Qatar's opening FIFA Arab Cup fixture against Bahrain. This is one of eight venues that will host matches during the 2022 FIFA World Cup which is slated to kick off on November 21, 2022. 

The stadium, located in Al Khor city, will host one match each in the round of 16, quarterfinal and semifinal apart from the group stages. The stadium will have a capacity of 60,000 but after the 2022 World Cup, it will be converted into a 32,000 seater stadium.

Let us take a look at some of the interesting facts about the arena. 

  • Al Bayt stadium

    A unique name inspired by the nomadic people of Gulf region

    The name of the Stadium Al Bayt is taken from the word bayt al sha'ar which means tents that are used by the nomadic people of the Gulf region. The design of the stadium is a perfect reflection of the past and present of Qatar while it honours the future of the local community.

    Al Bayt Stadium in located in the city of Al Khor which is 35 kms away from Doha. The City is known for its pearl diving and fishing.

  • Al Bayt Stadium site, Qatar

    Focus on sustainability

    The Al Bayt Stadium has received a Class A* rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) for its design and construction process. The Stadium has been designed incorporating the best energy usage practices and green building materials which has been a key feature of Qatar's efforts to host the most environmentally friendly World Cup ever.

    The Supreme Committee's efforts in green building do not stop at the venue itself. The model has been extended to the surrounding city of Al Khor. The city will have numerous parks, lakes, water features and green spaces, and protected green belt land that will stretch out from the stadium to the sea. 

  • Al Bayt Stadium, Qatar

    What is the stadium's future beyond 2022 World Cup?

    Once the World Cup is over, the modular upper tier of the stadium will be converted into various facilities. The sky box level will be turned into a five-star hotel, while a shopping centre, food court, gym and multipurpose hall will also be incorporated into the facility. A branch of the leading sports medicine hospital Aspetar will be opened and park, running and cycling tracks, playing areas, coffee shops and restaurants will be opened inside the stadium campus.

    In order to incorporate all the facilities, the stadium capacity will be reduced from 60,000 to 32,000.

  • A futuristic design

    Other than being extremely eye-catching, the design of the stadium is extremely practical as the shade of the tent-like structure is retractable which compliments the cooling technology inside the stadium. The idea is to serve the fans with a comfortable temperature inside the facility without using any extra power.