Qatar 2022: Every stadium has a message to send to the world
"Each venue has a story to tell and represents aspects of Qatari culture and identity," says Al Thumama Stadium architect Ibrahim Mohamed Jaidah.
Qatar’s preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup have seen the country become a global leader in the field of sustainability.
Qatar's World Cup stadiums go beyond just meeting FIFA standards
Arab Engineering Bureau CEO Ibrahim Mohamed Jaidah, who designed Al Thumama Stadium, one of the tournament venues, told the latest instalment of Qatar Foundation’s Education City Speaker Series: “The stadiums that have been built in Qatar don’t only meet FIFA standards; they are impressive works of art in terms of structure and technology.
“Al Thumama Stadium’s design is inspired by the gahfiya, a traditional headdress in the Arab world,” he said in quotes published by the Qatari newspaper Al Sharq. “This aesthetic element is not only on the stadium’s outer shell, but we have also sought to use the geometric patterns of the gahfiya on the inside, allowing air to pass through the openings in a certain way, combining aesthetics and functionality. So I think Al Thumama Stadium has a truly unique design, in addition to the technological advances it boasts.
"A lot for everyone to learn from the stadiums built for Qatar 2022"
“I think there is a lot for everyone to learn from the stadiums built for Qatar 2022. Every stadium has a message for the world from a small country with great ambitions. From Al Bayt Stadium’s poetry-inspired design to Al Thumama’s gahfiya-inspired design, each venue has a story to tell and represents aspects of Qatari culture and identity, and we are proud that the World Cup will not only represent Qatar, but all people in the region. This has been Qatar’s message during the preparations for the tournament.”
Cooling system will benefit other countries' ambitions of hosting sporting events
On Qatar’s contribution to sustainable development, Jaidah said: “Every World Cup stadium comes with specific measures designed to promote sustainability, in accordance with the Global Sustainability Assessment System in place in the Middle East and North Africa. Among the sustainable technologies used in the arenas is an external air-conditioning system that is not found in any other stadium in the world, and will help provide other countries with hot climates greater opportunities to host major sporting events in the future.”