Qatar to inaugurate fourth FIFA World Cup 2022 venue on National Day
As football fans await the ‘historic’ tournament, set to unfold in Qatar on November 21, 2022, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and Qatar Football Association (QFA) yesterday revealed that another FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadium will be inaugurated next month.
Al Rayyan Stadium will host the Amir Cup 2020 final between Al Sadd and Al Arabi on December 18, coinciding with Qatar National Day, SC and QFA confirmed.
This will be the fourth tournament-ready venue that Qatar will launch ahead of the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
The three stadiums that the country has already taken the wraps off include, the Khalifa International Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium and Education City Stadium.
According to SC’s latest report on the progress of other stadiums, Al Bayt, Al Thumama, Ras Abu Abboud and Lusail stadiums are at different stages of construction.
Regarding the Al Rayyan Stadium, the SC report stated, "Recent infrastructure completions include the stadium façade, seating installation and the playing surface. The stadium will be inaugurated when it hosts the 2020 Amir Cup final on December 18.”
The 40-000 capacity stadium "will showcase the very best of Qatari culture when it hosts seven matches up to the round of 16 stage during Qatar 2022," the SC report highlighted.
The outer façade of the stadium will comprise intricate patterns representing Qatar, from its history of trade to its varied wildlife.
"Al Rayyan's desert landscapes will be reflected on the façade – and in the dune-shaped hospitality areas and merchandise stalls dotted around the stadium complex," the report added.
In a speech on the occasion, HH the Amir had praised healthcare workers at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19, calling them the "champions of these times."
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