An exciting new dawn is coming to one of Qatar's most traditional cities, which sits close to Doha on the way to beautiful desert landscapes.
The gateway to the desert opens its doors to the world
Al Rayyan is known for its love of history and local culture, as well as its hugely popular football team – Al Rayyan Sports Club. The close-knit community here is deeply committed to the team, whose new arena will host up to 40,000 fans at 2022 FIFA World Cup™ matches through to the quarter-final stage. Al Rayyan will welcome football fans from around the world with open arms, eager to show them the rich culture of Qatar.
Built on the site of Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, the new Al Rayyan Stadium will incorporate symbols of Qatari culture into its spectacular undulating façade. The facilities surrounding the venue will also mirror the country, with sand dune-shaped structures recalling the beautifully wild lands to the west.
Learning from the past to protect the future
Thanks to its location on the edge of the desert, preserving nature and its gifts has long been a priority in resilient Al Rayyan – and this arena will be no different. The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy will deliver the venue using environmentally friendly building materials and practices.
Every part of the stadium district has been designed with sustainability in mind. After the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ has come to a close, almost half of the stadium's 40,000 modular seats will be removed and given to football development projects abroad. The smaller post-tournament arena will enable Al Rayyan to maintain the intimate, neighbourly character it is famous for.
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