Due to be completed in early 2020, Al Thumama Stadium will
become an iconic feature of Qatar’s landscape, from the ground and air.
Located in the vicinity of Doha’s Hamad International Airport, many visitors will get their first glimpse of the magnificent stadium from above, with its glorious circular design and ultramodern roof.
It’s from the ground, however, that this proposed 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ venue’s identity truly comes to life.
Weaving our culture into 2022
The stadium’s design is inspired by the gahfiya, a
traditional woven cap worn for centuries by males in many Arab countries. In Qatar and surrounding countries, men wear the gahfiya beneath the ghutra (flowing cotton cloth) and agal (decorative black rope). The style and even
the name of the gahfiya varies slightly from country to country, yet
still binds Arab nations together through shared tradition.
This spirit of a common regional heritage flows through
the arena – and meets with a bold new vision for sporting venues. The
intricate, thoughtful design of Al Thumama Stadium represents both the past and
the future of not only Qatar – but the whole Arab world.
Built by the best
The renowned Arab
Engineering Bureau (AEB) – the oldest architectural and engineering firm in
Qatar – was responsible for the concept and schematic design of Al Thumama
Stadium. AEB has been awarded numerous local and international architectural
awards for a style that perfectly incorporates and reflects Qatari, Arab and
The project was led by AEB’s chief architect, Ibrahim M. Jaidah. A Qatari national and one of the region’s most respected practitioners, his previous work includes some of the country’s most prominent landmarks, including the Ritz-Carlton's Sharq Village & Spa and the Ministry of Interior headquarters in Qatar.