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World Cup 2022

Al Thawadi: the inauguration of the Al Rayyan stadium is a major step on the road to Qatar 2022

The World Cup stadium will be inaugurated on 18 December when it hosts the final of the Amir Cup in Qatar. The World Cup starts in under two years.

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The final of this year's Amir of Qatar Cup will be played at the World Cup stadium Al Rayyan, coinciding with the national day of Qatar, with the countdown already underway to the World Cup in less than two years.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, responsible for managing the projects related to Qatar 2022, chose the Al Rayyan stadium to host the Amir of Qatar Final on 18 December.

That day, Al Rayyan will join the list of World Cup stadiums that have been inaugurated: Al Khalifa International, Education City and Al Janoub, with a total of eight venues to be used for the tournament.

Al Rayyan has a capacity of 40,000 spectators, and is located next to Qatar Mall, one of the biggest shopping centres in the country, and close to the Al Refaa metro station, making it easy for fans to get to and from the World Cup venue.

Qatar World Cup: Infrastructure 90% complete

For his part, Hassan Al Thawadi, general secretary of the Supreme Committee, said, “the inauguration of this World Cup stadium represents another step forward on the road to 2022, which of course will leave a sustainable legacy for the club Al Rayyan. What’s more the announcement that this stadium is finished comes with the final of the Amir of Qatar Cup, two years before the final of Qatar 2022.

As to the continuous preparations at the venue, Al Thawadi said, “it’s a source of pride for us that the preparations continue, in line with the tournament schedule; we’ve already achieved that 90% of the infrastructure projects for the World Cup are complete, and we’re expecting to announce more stadiums being finished during the next year, because all the stadiums need to be finished before the start of the tournament, with sufficient time to check the grounds are ready to receive thousands of fans.

Helal Al Kawary: we’ve completed five World Cup stadiums

Helal Al Kawary, president of the technical department of the Supreme Committee, said, “We’ve managed to complete five World Cup stadiums of the eight destined to hold the tournament, with the remainder of the grounds to be completed soon, meaning we’ll have sufficient time to test them in operation.”

Al Kawary said the the progress made on Al Rayyan, in line with the budget and the timetable, showed the exceptional level of collaboration between the works team and the Supreme Committee, while he also showed his satisfaction that the inauguration would coincide with such an important date for so many Qataris.


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