The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December 2022. This will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Arab world and the first in a Muslim-majority country. This World Cup will be held from late November to mid-December, making it the first to not be held in May, June, or July due to Qatar’s intense summer heat. It is to be played in a reduced timeframe of around 28 days.
Here is the list of venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup:
|Lusail Iconic Stadium
|Al Bayt Stadium
|Ras Abu Aboud Stadium
|Al Thumama Stadium
|Education City Stadium
|Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
|Khalifa International Stadium
|Al Janoub Stadium
Lusail Iconic Stadium
Lusail National Stadium (Arabic: ملعب لوسيل الدولي) is a stadium with a capacity of 80,000. It is located in Lusail, Qatar. Lusail is a planned city in Qatar, located on the coast, in the northern part of the municipality of Al Daayen. Lusail is located about 23 km north of the city center of Doha. The surface is grass and it is still under construction. Construction officially began on 11 April 2017. The opening date is scheduled to be in May 2021.
Al Bayt Stadium
Located in Al Khor, Qatar Al Bayt Stadium (Arabic: استاد البيت) football stadium has a capacity of 60,000. Al Khor is a coastal city in northern Qatar, located 50 kilometers north of the capital, Doha. It is considered one of Qatar’s largest cities The opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup will take place at this stadium. FIFA and the Organizing Committee of the Qatar Supreme Committee have confirmed the start date as November 21 with an audience of 60,000. Sustainability certificates of green design, construction management and energy efficiency were received by this stadium in January 2020.
Ras Abu Aboud Stadium
Located on the shores of the Gulf, looking across to Doha’s dazzling West Bay skyline, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will be a spectacular venue for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 matches. The stadium was proposed as one of 6 newly built stadiums for the World Cup. Construction started in 2018 and it is expected to be completed in 2021 before matches. The stadium will be constructed of modular building blocks including shipping containers and will be entirely dismantled and repurposed after the World Cup.
Al Thumama Stadium
Currently, under construction, Al Thumama Stadium (Arabic: ملعب الثمامة) will be a venue of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Which is located 12km south of Doha’s glittering skyline and seafront promenade, Al Thumama Stadium’s design represents the gahfiya – a traditional woven cap worn by men and boys across the Middle East. The Al Thumama Stadium is one of seven stadiums, which are built for the FIFA World cup Qatar 2022. It is located near Hamad International Airport. It has a seating capacity of 40,000.
Education City Stadium
The stadium is located within several university campuses at the Qatar Foundation’s Education City in Al Rayyan, Qatar. This stadium has a capacity of 45,350 following the FIFA World Cup, the stadium will retain 20,000 seats for use by university athletic teams. This reduction in capacity will also add to the intimate, inclusive feeling created by the venue’s ultramodern curves, which encircle fans and keep the atmosphere firmly in the arena. It was marked with a special TV program to showcase the third match-ready FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 venue. Construction of the stadium was completed in June 2020 and it officially opened on 15 June 2020.
Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
Popularly known as the Al-Rayyan Stadium Built in 2003 is a multi-purpose stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar. By demolishing the former Ahmed bin Ali Stadium made the way for Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. This stadium is ready to welcome the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East and the Arab world. The 40,000-capacity venue will host seven matches during Qatar 2022 up to the round-of-16 stage.
Khalifa International Stadium
Part of the Doha Sports City complex, which also includes Aspire Academy, Hamad Aquatic Centre, and the Aspire Tower Khalifa International Stadium also known as National Stadium has a capacity of 40,000. It is named after Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar’s former Emir. Khalifa International Stadium has been the standard playing venue of the Qatar national team and has furthermore occasionally hosted international friendlies of other teams such as Argentina and Brazil. It is located in the west of Doha at roughly 10 kilometers from central Doha and can be reached by metro. Station Sports City is one the newly opened Gold line that runs through central Doha.
Al Janoub Stadium
Inaugurated on 16 May 2019, Al-Janoub Stadium is a football stadium in Al-Wakrah, Qatar with a capacity of 40,000, which is expected to reduce in half to 20,000 after the World Cup. One of Qatar’s oldest continuously inhabited areas, Al Wakrah was long a center for pearl diving and fishing. The stadium features a curvilinear postmodernist and neo-futurist design. The appearance of the roof was inspired by the sails of traditional Dhow boats. As football fans approach the stadium, they will be greeted by beautiful parkland and the arena’s elegant architecture.