Qatar is set to inaugurate its latest World Cup stadium – Stadium 974 - during the FIFA Arab Cup next weekend.

Constructed using shipping containers and modular blocks, the venue formerly known as Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, will set a new standard in terms of sustainability for mega-event hosts. 

Stadium 974 is the seventh tournament-ready venue for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 202 after Khalifa International, Al Janoub, Education City, Ahmad Bin Ali, Al Thumama and Al Bayt.

The 40,000-capacity venue is the first fully demountable stadium in FIFA World Cup history. It has been constructed using shipping containers and modular steel elements which reflect Qatar’s maritime history.

Stadium 974 will host six matches during the FIFA Arab Cup, including the third-place play-off on 18 December, and seven matches up to the round of 16 stage during Qatar 2022.

The stadium has been named after the number of shipping containers used in its development. 974 is also Qatar’s international dialling code. 

The name also reflects the stadium’s strategic position as the gateway to Qatar as it is close to Hamad International Airport, Doha Airport and Doha Port.

After 2022, its parts will be repurposed into sporting facilities in Qatar and overseas. 

Many elements of the arena, including all 40,000 seats, the containers and even the roof, will be re-used, providing valuable infrastructure to sporting and non-sporting projects elsewhere.

On 20 November, the innovative Stadium 974 was officially unveiled during a digital launch. It will host its first match on 30 November when the United Arab Emirates and Syria go head-to-head on the opening day of the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021.

Constructed using shipping containers and modular steel elements, Stadium 974 is a distinctive, boldly colourful and thoroughly modern arena. The stadium’s clever modular design has resulted in fewer building materials being used in construction compared to traditional stadium developments. Many of the stadium’s shipping containers were used to transport construction materials to the venue.

Stadium 974 is targeting five-star Global Sustainability Assessment System certification for both its design and construction. Due to its innovative design and seaside location, the stadium bowl is naturally ventilated – thus avoiding the need for cooling technology. Much of the stadium's structure is made from recycled steel, while its efficiency methods ensured the reduction of water use by 40% compared to conventional stadium developments.