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Al Thumama stadium in detail: an innovative modular system that allows to see a brighter future after the Qatar 2022 World Cup
Set to be completed in 2020, meet the only stadium in the world that will have a "legacy mode" button.
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fter two years of work, and two more to be completed, Al Thumama stadium is one of the gems of Qatar 2022. It will be able to host 40,000 fans during the World Cup, but it's the first stadium that will be able to enter the 'legacy mode' after the tournament: its capacity will decrease to 20,000 seats. This is thanks to a demountable modular seating sections which Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy will donate to developing football nations after the tournament. Qatar believes this proposal will ensure that the country is left with stadiums fit for purpose beyond 2022, while [...]

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[...] simultaneously creating a significant legacy of international football development. What's more, its design will pay homage to the gafhiya, a traditional component in the Arab dress. 

-Why is it called Al Thumama?
-The stadium takes its name from the busy residential Doha suburb of Al Thumama, which is where the stadium is being built. Al Thumama is six km south of Doha’s famous Corniche and just five km from Doha’s state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport, which will handle over 200,000 travelling fans a day come tournament time.

-What was the reason behind choosing Al Thumama as a proposed Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium site?
-Part of our bid was to build centrally located stadiums that would enable fans and players to feel the full benefits of a compact FIFA World Cup™ and Al Thumama is located close to central Doha, the airport, which will handle over 200,000 travelling fans a day come tournament time, and also some of Qatar’s largest highways. Al Thumama Stadium will also be situated close to various new metro stations, enabling fans to effortlessly travel between hotels and stadiums to watch multiple live matches per day thanks to the compact nature of the tournament.
We wanted to ensure the tournament leaves world class sporting infrastructure that Qatar’s local communities can use long after the tournament has finished. Al Thumama will feature outdoor training pitches, volleyball, handball and basketball courts, aquatics center, horse riding, running and cycling tracks as well as community retail spaces to ensure the stadium is used by Al Thumama’s residents long after the tournament has finished.
Al Thumama has also been associated with Qatari football for eight years and the site previously held four Qatar Football Association (QFA) training pitches, so we wanted to ensure it remained central to Qatar’s footballing history.

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Who is building the stadium?
-Al Thumama is being built by a Qatar-Turkey joint venture (JV) between AlJaber Engineering and Turkey’s largest construction company, Tekfen Construction. Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB), the oldest architectural and engineering consulting firm in Qatar, will be the Design & Construction Supervision Consultant. Architectural Design Consultant Heerim, who recently worked on the stunning Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan, will also be working on the stadium project.

-Who designed Al Thumama Stadium?
-The stadium was designed by renowned Qatari architect, Ibrahim M. Jaidah. Jaidah is a renowned Qatari designer and was behind some of the country’s most iconic building, including Qatar Museum’s Fire Station gallery and Doha’s new Ministry of Interior building. Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB), the oldest architectural and engineering consulting firm in Qatar, were hired as Design & Construction Supervision Consultant in 2015.

-What is the inspiration behind the design?
-Al Thumama’s distinct white bowl design, adorned with an intricate pattern, is based on the ‘gahfiya’, an essential component of traditional Arab dress. The gahfiya holds in place the ‘ghutra’ and ‘aghal’, which together form a symbol of dignity and independence.

-Are there any special design features?
-The roof structure is a self‐anchored tensile‐compression ring system which is based on the principle of a horizontal spoked wheel. With regard to sustainability, this solution beats most conventional roof structures.

-What will happen to the stadium after the tournament has finished?
-We wanted to ensure the tournament leaves world class sporting infrastructure that Qatar’s local communities can use long after the tournament has finished. Al Thumama, one of our most centrally located stadiums – set in the heart of a residential district – will feature outdoor training pitches, volleyball, handball and basketball courts, horse, running and cycling tracks as well as community retail spaces. There will also be a boutique hotel to ensure the stadium is used long after the tournament has finished.
The stadium’s capacity will also decrease to 20,000 in legacy mode thanks to demountable modular seating sections that we will donate to developing football nations after the tournament. The remaining 20,000-seater Al Thumama Stadium will also become home for a local Qatari football club. Qatar believes this proposal will ensure that Qatar is left with stadiums fit for purpose beyond 2022, while simultaneously creating a significant legacy of international football development.

-Will the stadium have cooling technology?

-In common with all of our stadiums, it will use advanced cooling technologies to maintain a comfortable temperature for players, fans and officials.

-How will fans be able to reach the stadium in 2022?
-Al Thumama Stadium will be one of our most connected stadiums considering its close proximity to central Doha. It is just six km south of Doha’s famous Corniche and just five km from Doha’s state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport, which will have capacity to handle over 200,000 travelling fans a day come tournament time. It is also situated close to various metro stations, enabling fans to effortlessly travel between hotels and other stadiums is they want to watch multiple live matches per day. Qatar’s public works authority, Ashghal, is also building dozens of new highways and embarking on a major upgrade project to existing roads and highways, all of which will serve the tournament in a little over five years’ time.

-What games will be played there during the 2022 tournament?
-The stadium will host group stage games as well as quarter final matches in 2022.

-How sustainable is the stadium’s design?
-The stadium’s design and construction aims to achieve 4 Stars level of certification from GSAS Design & Build. A significant proportion of selected construction materials are made of recyclable materials. The environmental management plan is audited and reported in accordance with authority regulations.

-What impact will it have on the local community?
-Once the last ball has been kicked in 2022, the stadium will become a sporting and leisure hub for Al Thumama’s communities. The stadium and precinct will feature a boutique hotel, outdoor training pitches, volleyball, handball and basketball courts, horse, running and cycling tracks as well as community retail spaces to ensure the stadium is used long after the tournament has finished.
During the tournament, local businesses located in the Al Thumama district will also benefit from the influx of football fans into the area, as well as possible exhibition test matches in the buildup to the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup™.

-Do the contractors building the stadium have to adhere to the SC’s Workers’ Welfare Standards?
-Every contractor engaged on a Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup™ project must adhere to our strict Workers’ Welfare Standards. Our Workers’ Welfare Standards are a set of mandatory, contractually binding rules which ensure that any company working on one of our projects operates in line with our values. The standards clearly set out the SC’s requirements regarding the recruitment, employment, living and working conditions for everyone engaged on an SC project.
We hold ourselves and our partners accountable to our Workers’ Welfare Standards, regularly monitoring adherence to them, and we immediately address any cases where a party falls short. We also waste no time in amending the standards themselves if we discover they are insufficient in any way. As working practices and conditions change over time, our regulations must be fluid enough to react and ensure that workers are properly protected.

-Does Qatar still plan on building eight stadiums or is FIFA asking for 10?
-Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ included 12 stadiums. As is the case with any FIFA World Cup™, once a country is chosen as host, a review of the bid plans is made with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) to propose the final host city and stadium projects, for approval by the FIFA Council. This is the same process that all FIFA World Cup™ host nations undergo.
For Qatar, the process of selecting the final line-up of proposed host venues is ongoing. In due course, the final proposal for stadiums will be submitted. The requirement is a minimum of eight and a maximum of 12 stadiums. As it stands, we are progressing eight stadiums, seven built from scratch and one refurbished, Khalifa International Stadium, which we launched in May 2017.

-Has the recent blockade affected construction costs and timings?
-The blockade doesn’t affect our plans and it is business as usual in our preparations for the tournament in Qatar in 2022. We delivered our first venue stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, fully five and a half years ahead of time, when HH the Emir opened it ahead of the Emir Cup Final (Qatar’s equivalent of the FA Cup Final) in May. We aim to complete two more stadia by the end of next year, in record time [Ø].

 



General Facts:


Location: Al Thumama (six km south of Doha and five km from Hamad International Airport).

Build project: Designed by renowned Qatari architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah. Qatar based Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB) will oversee construction, which is being carried out by a joint venture between AlJaber Engineering (Qatar) and Tekfen Construction (Turkey).

Completion date: 2020 (construction began in 2016).

2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ matches: Al Thumama Stadium will host group stage and quarter-final matches.

Capacity: 40,000. The stadium’s capacity will decrease to 20,000 after the tournament due to demountable seating, a design feature central to Qatar’s bid.

Design inspiration: Al Thumama’s design is based on the ‘gahfiya’, an essential component of traditional Arab dress.

Accessibility: Al Thumama Stadium will be one of the tournament’s most connected stadiums. It is just six km south of Doha’s famous Corniche and just five km from the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport, which will have capacity to handle over 200,000 travelling fans a day come tournament time. It is also situated close to various metro stations and will be served by a number of new highways and upgraded road networks come 2022.

Cooling Technology: Innovative and environmentally friendly cooling technology will be installed at Al Thumama Stadium. The technology uses district cooling, air treatment and smart control systems to deliver an optimal environment for spectators and players alike. It will be able to lower the temperature within the stadium to 18 degrees Celsius.

Legacy mode: After the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, the stadium will become a sporting and leisure hub for Al Thumama’s communities. The stadium will feature a boutique hotel, outdoor training pitches, volleyball, handball and basketball courts, aquatic centre, horse riding, running and cycling tracks as well as community retail spaces to ensure the stadium is used long after the tournament has finished.

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