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Al Bayt Stadium Qatar to be inaugurated end of November Image: Qatar 2022

The stunning Al Bayt Stadium will be inaugurated on November 30th when it hosts the FIFA Arab Cup™ group stage match between hosts Qatar and Bahrain.

‘Qatar 2022’ stated that it will become the sixth FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ tournament venue to be inaugurated after the 48,000-capacity Khalifa International, the 40,000-capacity Al Janoub, the 45,350-capacity Education City, the 21,282-capacity Ahmad Bin Ali , and the 40,000-capacity Al Thumama stadia.

The Al Bayt Stadium is a football stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, intended to be used for matches in the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. The stadium’s construction contract was awarded to Salini and Cimolai in 2015.

‘Qatar 2022’ further stated that the 60,000-capacity stadium features a design inspired by the tents historically used by the nomadic people in Qatar and the region. It will host five matches during the FIFA Arab Cup™, including the final on December 18th, and nine matches during Qatar 2022 up to the semi-finals stage.
 

Stadium specifics

 

Uniquely Qatari design

Located in Al Khor, 46 km North of Doha, Al Bayt’s design is inspired by the ‘bayt al sha’ar’ – which were tents historically used by the nomadic people in Qatar and the Gulf region. The design is a nod to Qatar’s past and present, while keeping an eye on the future of the community. Apart from being incredibly eye-catching, the tent design is a very practical one. The shade provided by the tent structure and its retractable roof system will complement the stadium’s cooling technologies, helping maintain a comfortable temperature inside the venue without using any extra power.
 

Busy venue

The Al Bayt Stadium will be the second busiest venue during Qatar 2022, with nine matches up to the semi-finals stage to take place at the stadium. This includes the opening match of the FIFA World Cup™ on November 21st, 2022. After Qatar 2022, the modular upper tier will be removed, reducing the stadium’s capacity to 32,000. The removed seats will then be repurposed to create sporting facilities in Qatar and overseas.
 

Community first

Once it has helped stage Qatar 2022, the Al Bayt Stadium and the surrounding precinct will serve the needs of the Al Khor community and provide a legacy of healthy living. The stadium’s upper concourse will be converted into various facilities, with the sky box level to be turned into a five-star hotel.

A shopping center, food court, gym, and a multipurpose hall will be incorporated into the stadium building, as will a branch of the sports medicine hospital Aspetar.

The surrounding precinct contains 400,000m2 of green space, which is equivalent to more than 30 football pitches. Al Bayt Park, which opened in February 2020, features running and cycling tracks, play areas, coffee shops, and restaurants.
 

Sustainability benchmark

A symbol of Qatar 2022’s commitment to staging a sustainable World Cup, Al Bayt received top marks for its design and construction from the Global Sustainability Assessment System. Al Bayt was awarded five stars for design and construction respectively, along with a Class A* rating for its construction process and a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio Compliance certificate.
 

Team effort

A number of companies played a key role in delivering Al Bayt. Qatari contractor Galfar Al Misnad, in collaboration with Italian companies Salini Impregilo Group and Cimolai, oversaw construction of the stadium and the energy center. Landscaping and underground utility works were carried out by Qatari contractors Bin Omran Trading and Contracting and the Al Sulaiteen Agricultural and Industrial Complex.

KEO International Consultants served as the construction supervisors, Dar Al-Handasah delivered the design, while Projacs were responsible for project management in the initial phase.

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