Al Thumama Stadium is steeped in Qatar and the region’s
culture, history and symbolism. The 40,000-seat stadium will host 2022 FIFA
World Cup Qatar™ matches through to the quarter-finals.
A tribute to our region
Located 12 kilometres south of Doha’s glittering skyline
and seafront promenade, Al Thumama Stadium’s design represents the gahfiya
– a traditional woven cap worn by males across the Arab world and beyond.
The gahfiya forms a fundamental layer of the traditional clothing of the region. In supporting the ghutra (flowing cotton cloth placed on top of the gahfiya) and agal (decorative black rope), it is the foundation that holds everything together.
It is also a symbol of dignity and independence – a perfect analogy for Qatar and the surrounding region.
A country comes of age
Al Thumama Stadium is a nod to the past, while offering
an exciting glimpse into Qatar’s tomorrow. In Arab culture, the gahfiya forms
an important part of every young boy’s pathway to adulthood. Every family from
the region recognises the gahfiya, as
they will all recognise this magnificent stadium once it has brought the world together
It is an arena that symbolises Qatar’s youth, the country’s emergence as a major player on the global sporting scene and the shared Arab heritage that inspired its creation.
An enduring future
Al Thumama Stadium’s impact will be felt long after the
curtain comes down on the tournament.
In legacy mode, the stadium’s capacity will be reduced to meet local needs and provide quality sporting infrastructure to developing nations. The remaining 20,000-seat arena will be used for football and other sporting events. In addition, a branch of the world-renowned Aspetar Sports Clinic will open on site, and a boutique hotel will replace the upper stands.