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Six facts about Al Rayan's Ahmed Bin Ali stadium

Inauguration of the Ahmed Bin Ali stadium for World Cup 2022, to add to Al Janoub, Education City and Al Khalifa International, puts the project at 50% completion.

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With the inauguration of the Ahmed Bin Ali stadium for the World Cup 2022, Qatar has now completed 50% of all the venues for Qatar 2022, with three others opened: Al Janoub, Education City and Al Khalifa International. This leaves four more that remain under construction: the Al Thumama, Al Bayt, Lusail and Ras Abu Abuod stadiums.

More about the Ahmen Bin Ali stadium

The final of the Emir of Qatar competition was played at the Ahmed Bin Ali stadium, which opened on 18 December to coincide with Qatar's National Day, so we thought we’d share six facts about it that you may not know:

1. Seven matches from the group stage to the round of 16 will be played at the Ahmen Bin Ali stadium

2. The capacity of the stadium is 40,000, which is the same as most of the World Cup venues, although much less thanthe Al Bayt stadium limit of 60,000, and the Lusail Stadium, which has a capacity of 80,000.

3. The exterior design of the stadium reflects aspects of the character of the State of Qatar, which was inspired by Islamic architecture.

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4. Near the stadium there are several amenities including the largest shopping centre in Qatar and the local Al Refaa metro station, which will facilitate the movement of fans to and from the matches.

5. The location of the stadium means it will be one of the most entertaining areas for World Cup fans, given the numerous services near the venue.

6. Almost 90% of the materials used in the construction of the stadium were recycled from the previous site, which was taken down to establish a new venue that meets with FIFA requirements.

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