People in Qatar have something big to look forward to. Five years from now, one of the biggest sporting events will take place here, the FIFA 2022 World Cup.
The biggest names in the world of football/soccer will all gather here in this very amazing country. And to take a sneak peek at the state-of-the-art stadiums that are being constructed, below are some of the pictures to fuel your anticipation.
Preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup
Qatar is in full swing in its preparation to host ‘the greatest football event in the world.’ Seven years ago, Qatar was awarded the rights to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Since then, Secretary General HE Hassan Al Thawadi is personally leading the preparation for the big event.
Khalifa International Stadium, first proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup©FIFA.com
Khalifa International Stadium in Al Waab has just been launched, and there’s no stopping Qatar in hosting the first FIFA 2022 World Cup despite the diplomatic situation involving the Gulf State.
SC Competition Venues Executive Director Ghanim Al Kuwari said that “The recent opening of Khalifa International Stadium signified a major milestone and the first venue to be completed, and we are now seeing continuous construction advances across the other seven stadium sites currently underway across the country.”
Road to 2022
Qatar will not disappoint the world with its state of the art stadiums being constructed for the upcoming FIFA 2022 World Cup. Athletes, tourists, expats and locals alike will surely be mesmerized with these iconic architectures that will definitely be the talk of the town even after the games are over.
Health and safety of the workers ensured by Workers’ Welfare Standards ©FIFA.com
With the capacity of 80,000, this stadium is set to be inaugurated in 2021 in anticipation of the big event. It will also be the flagship venue of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Khalifa International Stadium
A special pitch specifically created in Qatar has been laid at Khalifa International Stadium as the host venue for 2022. Measuring around 7.800 square meters, the pitch was laid down within 13 and a half hours. The stadium, once finished, will house 40,000 spectators.
The pitch being laid at Khalifa International Stadium ©FIFA.com
Al Bayt Stadium
Construction is on-going at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor City. With 45,000 capacity, its construction has begun in 2014.
Construction at Al Bayt Stadium ©FIFA.com
The Saoud bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani Stadium, also known as Al-Wakrah Stadium in Al-Wakhrah Qatar, with its 20,000 capacity, is set to be the next one to be finished by the end of next year.
Al-Wakrah Stadium, the next stadium to be completed for 2022 ©FIFA.com
Currently, seven more stadiums are in different stages of construction, five years before the very much anticipated event. Aside from Al-Wakrah Stadium, Qatar Foundation Stadium in Doha is also expected to be finished by the end of 2019. Al Thumama Stadium is said to be completed in 2020 while Lusail Stadium and Ras Abu Aboud Stadium constructions are still underway.
Rescued Trees to Decorate the Sites for the World Cup
Environmental advocate also need not worry about all the constructions going on, the authorities ensured the public that they will upheld the protection and conservation of nature. In fact, thousands of trees will have a new life at 2022 FIFA World Cup sites as residents contact the Ministry of Municipality and Environment to have their trees cut and donate them to be planted on the areas surrounding the World Cup stadiums.
Plaque with the name of the family that donated the tree will be attached on each tree ©FIFA.com
For all of you who want to donate a tree, you will be given a toke in return. Their motto is, ‘Give one, take one.’ SC Landscape & Sport Turf Management Senior Manager, Yasser Al Mulla said, “When we receive a tree from a private home, we give a young Sidra tree in return.” Indeed, it is a remarkable remembrance of the big event.
And if that is not enough to capture your interest, these words from His Excellency Hassan Al Thawadi might do the work, “There is no doubt in my mind that everybody is working day in and day out to ensure this will be a World Cup, a major sporting event, that will go down in history as a benchmark and one to behold. We will continue to work towards that.”