Qatar Foundation Stadium

Located approximately seven kilometres west of central Doha, Qatar Foundation Stadium will be the centrepiece of Education City.



The new 40,000-seat stadium will be located in Education City, the home of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF). It will fulfil all FIFA requirements for hosting matches through to the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. It is being delivered by QF, one of the stakeholders of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC). ASTAD Project Management is the project manager for Qatar Foundation Stadium. FIA Fenwick Iribarren Architects serves as the lead design consultant.

Qatar Foundation Stadium’s design draws on the rich history of Islamic architecture. The façade is characterised by triangles that form complex geometrical patterns, which appear to change colour as the sun arcs across the sky. 

The design reflects Qatar. It is a country that is dynamic and changing, yet remains rooted in its culture and Islam. 

Qatar Foundation Stadium will ensure that Education City becomes an oasis for both the body and the mind. The stadium’s pitch and the spectator stands will be cooled to comfortable temperatures ranging from 24-28 degrees Celsius, allowing for year-round use.

Qatar Foundation Stadium will include an aerobics and fitness centre, aquatics centre, climbing and caving centre, tennis courts and two additional football pitches. Spaces for educational and development programmes, a health clinic, an indoor multipurpose pavilion and retail outlets will also be available in the precinct. These facilities will be available for use by QF students, faculty and staff, along with members of the local community, helping generations of Qatar’s residents achieve their health and fitness goals. 

QF is an avatar of the changes that have taken place in Qatar over the past two decades. Founded in 1995, QF’s mission is to unlock human potential through social and community development. Education City, which serves as QF’s headquarters, contains a number of world-renowned universities offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition to education, QF partners – many also based at Education City – focus on topics ranging from international development to community health and preserving Qatar’s cultural and architectural heritage.  


QF is already a leader in championing Qatar’s sustainable development. Education City hosts an array of facilities dedicated to the research and development of environmentally friendly technologies, and is home to the Qatar Green Building Council. Qatar Foundation Stadium, which will target Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, will further enhance QF’s reputation, and set an example for future stadium developers.

Photovoltaic and reflective technologies embedded into the stadium’s roof will produce renewable energy that will be used for electricity and hot water generation.

These innovative renewable energy sources will also help to power the stadium, aquatics centre and indoor multipurpose pavilion. At least 20% of the materials used for the project will come from sustainable sources. Furthermore, 50% of all wood-based materials will be procured from sources with sustainable forest management practices, and 20% of all materials will be sourced regionally. 


Following the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, the stadium’s capacity will be reduced to 25,000 seats. The seats in the stadium’s modular upper tier will be used to build stadiums in developing countries, contributing to the tournament’s legacy and helping to achieve QF’s goals of using the power of sport to unlock human potential and harness positive social change. 

Qatar Foundation Stadium will become a sports, leisure and social hub for both the QF community and the neighbourhoods surrounding Education City. The stadium and precinct will host university sports clubs and local, regional and international sporting events. It is envisioned that the stadium will house the Qatar Women’s National Football team, along with the offices of a number of non-governmental organisations dedicated to using sport as a tool for development. For decades to come, the stadium will be a symbol of innovation, sustainability and progress, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the goals of both QF and the SC.