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Discover Al Janoub Stadium

One of eight venues to host the FIFA World Cup 2022, Al Janoub Stadium, was designed by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.  Located near the former fishing town of Wakrah, draws inspiration from the dhow boats which dot Qatar’s waters, and the pearls which were integral to its economy.  The stadium is slated to be used as a local community venue after the competition.

Established in one of Qatar’s oldest neighbourhoods, Al Janoub Stadium was inaugurated on 16 May 2019 during the Amir Cup final.  The 40,000-seat stadium was inspired by the sails of traditional dhow boats used by fishermen and pearl divers. The curvilinear roof evokes Al Wakrah’s history of seafaring with bowed beams holding up the roof resembling a ship’s hull, offering shade and shelter. 

Al Janoub Stadium was awarded a Class A* sustainability rating by the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS).  It features proprietary cooling technology, which efficiently uses energy to cool the stadium, making it usable throughout the year. In keeping with the FIFA World Cup 2022™ vision of sustainability, the stadium’s modular seating allows for half the seats to be dismantled and transported to a country in need of sporting infrastructure. 

With an eye towards legacy, several facilities are being developed around Al Janoub stadium.  These include bicycle paths, horse-riding and running tracks; restaurants; gyms; and parkland.