Learn about the stadiums hosting the Arab World Cup in Qatar

Six of the Qatar 2022 World Cup stadiums will be decorated to host the 2021 Arab World Cup, which will start at the end of this month, with the participation of 16 Arab teams from the continents of Asia and Africa.

The tournament will witness the announcement of the readiness of Al Bayt Stadium and Abu Aboud Stadium, to join the five Qatar 2022 stadiums that were previously announced, namely Khalifa International Stadiums, Al Janoub, Education City, Ahmed Bin Ali, and Al Thumama, who announced their readiness during the Amir Cup final last month.

In the following, we review an overview of the six stadiums hosting the 2021 Arab World Cup.

home stadium

Capacity: 60 thousand fans

Opening: November 30, 2021

Al Bayt Stadium – which has a capacity of 60,000 seats – is the largest stadium hosting the Arab World Cup. The stadium – located in the city of Al Khor (north of Doha) – will witness 5 matches during the tournament, starting with the Qatar-Bahrain match on the first day of the tournament, and concluding with the final match on 18 December.

The house, with its distinctive design, embodies an authentic aspect of Arab culture, as its design was inspired by the House of Poetry, which was inhabited by Arabs throughout the region.

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium

Capacity: 40,000 fans

Opening: November 30, 2021

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium is distinguished by its unique design and construction using shipping containers, setting new standards in the world of sustainability for major tournaments and events.

The stadium will witness 6 matches during the Arab World Cup, starting with a match on the first day of the tournament, and concluding with a match to determine the third place winner.

This distinguished sports edifice is the first completely dismantling stadium in the history of the World Cup, as it is scheduled to be dismantled after the curtain falls on the 2022 World Cup, and its parts will be used to develop sports projects in Qatar and the world.

Al Thumama Stadium

Capacity: 40,000 fans

Opening: October 22, 2021

Al Thumama Stadium was announced last month during the Amir Cup final, and will host matches in the Arab World Cup until the semi-finals.

Qatari architect Ibrahim Al Jaidah created the stadium design inspired by the “gahfiya”, a traditional hat worn by men and boys throughout the Arab world, and is the first World Cup stadium designed with Qatari hands.

Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium

Capacity: 40,000 fans

Opening date: December 18, 2020

The readiness of Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium was announced last December when it hosted the final of the 48th edition of the Emir’s Cup, and the stadium will witness matches in the Arab World Cup during the group stage.

After the end of the 2022 World Cup, this stadium will become the headquarters of Al Rayyan Sports Club.

Education City Stadium

Capacity: 40,000 fans

Opening: June 15, 2020

Known as the “Jewel of the Desert”, Education City Stadium is located in the heart of Education City, an educational community vibrant with thought, knowledge and creativity.

The stadium hosts matches in the Arab Cup until the quarter-finals, and it witnessed the final of the Club World Cup earlier this year.

After the curtain falls on the 2022 World Cup, the World Cup stadium will become a sports, entertainment and service destination that meets the needs and aspirations of all members of Education City’s universities and institutes.

South Stadium

Capacity: 40,000 fans

Opening date: May 16, 2019

Al Janoub Stadium is located in Al Wakra, to the south of the capital, Doha, and is the first stadium built entirely specifically to host the 2022 World Cup.

The late Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid was inspired by the design of the stadium from the sails of traditional boats that carried Qataris to the sea to fish and search for pearls, which formed the main economic activity for the residents of Qatar and the region, and it is scheduled to host matches in the Arab Cup until the quarter-finals.

It is noteworthy that the Arab World Cup will be held for the first time under the umbrella of the International Football Association “FIFA” (FIFA), and will witness 32 matches over 19 days, and the tournament schedule provides the opportunity for fans to attend more than one match in one day.

The tournament reflects the passion of the peoples of the region for the first popular game in the world, and the tournament is an ideal opportunity to improve the readiness of operations and facilities for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, which begins less than a year after the conclusion of the Arab Cup competitions.

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