Al Bayt Stadium
Al Khor City

Al Khor is a relaxed seaside city in the north of Qatar, approximately 40 kilometres from the capital, Doha. Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City and the surrounding precinct will honour Qatar’s past while fully embracing the country’s global future. 

60,000

Overview

The Aspire Zone Foundation, a stakeholder of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), will deliver Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City and the surrounding precinct. In 2022, the stadium will have the capacity to host 60,000 spectators, and will fulfil all FIFA requirements for hosting FIFA World Cup™ matches through to the semi-final round. Qatari contractor Galfar Al Misnad will construct the stadium and precinct in a joint venture with two Italian firms, Salini Impregilo Group and Cimolai. The construction supervision consultant, KEO International Consultants, will oversee work on Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City and the surrounding precinct. Dar Al-Handasah served as design consultant and Projacs as project manager during the stadium and precinct’s design stage.

Design

Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City perfectly embodies the spirit of Qatar. Using the latest technologies and breathtaking innovations, it tells the story of a nation that has welcomed visitors into its warm embrace, in times of both scarcity and plenty, and treated them as family — regardless of differences in background, history or culture.

For centuries, Qatar has been home to both nomadic and settled populations. The nomadic population lived primarily in the desert and herded animals, including camels, sheep and goats. The country’s settled population primarily lived along the coastline, engaging in pearl diving, fishing and trading with neighbouring villages, towns and cities. Although located close to Qatar’s coast, Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City will introduce fans and visitors from around the world to the culture of the desert. 

The stadium is named for Bayt Al Sha’ar, a tent traditionally used by nomadic peoples in Qatar and neighbouring countries. Historically, the distinctive exterior – black with prominent white stripes – served a number of purposes. The width and number of white stripes identified the tribe of the owner. The tent was easily spotted from afar. For those travelling through the sometimes harsh landscapes of the desert, the sight of a striped tent on the horizon meant an invitation to enjoy the hospitality of the tent’s owner, whether known to the traveller or not. Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City will carry on this tradition, beckoning football lovers near and far, bringing them together to put aside their differences in a global celebration of the beautiful game. 

The tent’s exterior was also optimised for staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter, just as Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City will maintain ideal temperatures for player performance and fan comfort year-round. Though based on a tent that has dotted the Qatari landscape for centuries, the stadium will be constructed using the most modern, innovative materials. The exterior will be made of a durable plastic called PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene). Well known to football fans around the world, PTFE is already in use on the façade of Allianz Arena in Munich and the roof of the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, which hosted the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City will be one of the world’s first stadiums to use coloured PTFE.

Bayt Al Sha’ar interiors contrasted sharply with their monochromatic exteriors. The red, woven interiors, in a traditional Sadu pattern that differed from area to area and family to family, greeted visitors who stepped inside Bayt Al Sha’ar, enveloping them in the warmth of their hosts and inviting them to relax and shelter from the elements. This is echoed in the interior of Al Bayt Stadium, where the Sadu pattern will provide visitors from abroad with a taste of traditional Qatari design, and remind local fans of their heritage.
 

Sustainable

Of necessity, the tents upon which Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City is modelled are uniquely sustainable and suitable to the deserts in which they are found. They are named after the animal hair from which they were woven with care, from the same animals that grazed outside. Despite the relative simplicity of their design, they were expected to fulfil a number of requirements. They had to be quick and easy to erect and deconstruct, and light enough to be carried by pack animals, sometimes for long distances. They also needed to be airy and cool in the summer, and warm and cozy in the winter. 

Al Bayt Stadium shares this dedication to sustainability witnessed in the generations who lived in Bayt Al Sha’ar. To achieve Qatar’s goal of hosting an environmentally friendly 2022 FIFA World Cup™, the stadium and precinct will incorporate green building materials that minimise embedded carbon and incorporate energy usage best practices. Employing the latest construction techniques and materials, the stadium will target Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certifications. 

Legacy

Qataris today can be found travelling to every corner of the world. As the country has gained from globalisation, herding animals has become much less prominent in the life of the nation. However, Bayt Al Sha’ar still play a prominent role in the lives of many Qatari families. They are gathering places, where the old can teach the young about bygone eras, before Qatar began to develop rapidly. They are also used to preserve the traditions of the desert. Outside of many Bayt Al Sha’ar, you will find a post upon which hunting falcons perch, as their owners enjoy a glass of tea and tell stories of the hunt inside. After the tournament in 2022, guests will have an opportunity to bask in the hospitality that characterises visits to Bayt Al Sha’ar. A hotel is planned for the stadium’s upper tier, along with a branch of Aspetar, the renowned Qatari sports medicine hospital that welcomes athletes from around the world.

Just as Bayt Al Sha’ar remain central to family life in Qatar, the precinct surrounding Al Bayt Stadium - Al Khor City will become a centre of community life. Expansive green areas surrounding the stadium will feature landscaped paths, welcoming residents seeking exercise — whether on foot, on bicycles or riding horses. In the years after 2022, additional recreational areas, along with exhibition halls, restaurants and other amenities, will open for public use in the stadium’s lower levels and basement.

Further echoing Bayt Al Sha’ar, parts of Al Bayt Stadium will be transportable. In line with the SC’s legacy commitments, the stadium's upper tier will be demountable. In the years after 2022, the upper tier will be removed and the modular sections will be used to build stadiums in countries around the world that lack adequate sporting infrastructure. This spirit of giving, so deeply embedded in Qatari culture, will repeat itself across all of the stadiums being delivered by the SC and its stakeholders, creating a legacy of football development across the world. 

The culture of generosity and caring for neighbours, practiced for centuries in the deserts of Qatar, will become a model for building a better future for all of us.