Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar has seen significant progress made in its construction, with the venue’s concrete frame, upper-tier stands and roof columns all completed.
Once completed, the stadium’s precinct will also feature 50,000m² of public park area, with native vegetation and almost 400 trees covering 84% of the landscape.
The Qatar 2022 World Cup venue has already been recognised for its design, winning The Architectural Review Future Project Award in May 2018.
After the World Cup, Al Thumama Stadium’s seating capacity will be reduced from 40,000 to 20,000.
The seats removed from the stadium will be donated to countries in need of sporting infrastructure.
The remaining 20,000-seat arena will be used for football and other sporting events. In addition, a branch of Aspetar Sports Clinic will open on site, while a boutique hotel will replace the stadium’s upper stands.
Meanwhile, Al Thumama Stadium has achieved a significant milestone by becoming the latest FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 project site to reach 20 million working hours without a lost time injury.
The major milestone was reached thanks to rigorous health and safety standards implemented by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), in collaboration with Al Thumama Stadium’s main contractors – a joint venture between Al Jaber Engineering LLC and Tekfen Construction – and project manager TiME Qatar.
This latest milestone follows similar achievements in safe working hours met at Al Rayyan Stadium in July.
Located in the residential Al Thumama district, close to Doha’s Hamad International Airport, the 40,000-capacity stadium is set to host matches up to and including the quarter-final stage during Qatar 2022.
A creation of renowned Qatari architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah, the stadium’s design is inspired by the gahfiya, a traditional woven cap worn for centuries by men in many Arab countries. The intricate, thoughtful design of Al Thumama Stadium represents both the past and the future – not only of Qatar but the whole Arab world.