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Al Thumama Stadium to leave lasting legacy

Al Thumama Stadium, the sixth venue of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, will have a wide-ranging impact on the economic, sporting and cultural landscapes of Qatar following the tournament.

The showpiece element of the precinct’s legacy planning is a boutique hotel, which will be built following the conclusion of the tournament.

Al Thumama Stadium’s design is inspired by the gahfiya, an integral part of Arab culture.

Taking their places alongside the hotel will be multisport leisure facilities, a Mosque, retail and commercial outlets, and a branch of the world-class sports clinic Aspetar.

By including a boutique hotel in its legacy plans, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has aligned directly with the long-term growth strategy of one of its key stakeholders, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA).

QTA’s 2030 strategy focuses on achieving exponential growth in Qatar’s available inventory of three- and four-star hotel rooms by 2030, from a 2012 baseline. QTA plans to increase three-and four-star hotel room inventories by 6% and 4% respectively.

QTA’s 2030 strategy envisages a three-fold increase in the number of tourists and hotel rooms. It also seeks to achieve a similar increase in revenue in the tourism sector.

Al Thumama Stadium design

After 2022, the upper tier of Al Thumama Stadium’s modular seats will be donated to Asian and African nations

Over and above the long-lasting economic gains it will stimulate, Al Thumama Stadium will also leave behind strong sporting legacies, including athletics, cycling and equestrian tracks suitable for everyone from elite athletes to recreational users.

The local community will further benefit from the facilities for basketball, handball, volleyball, tennis and swimming.

Many local, regional and international football events will be staged in the stadium after its capacity has been reduced to 20,000 following the tournament.