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Qatar unveils new Al Rayyan Stadium design inspired by sand dunes

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All photos courtesy of the Supreme Council for Delivery and Legacy

In a glitzy ceremony last night, Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organizing committee has revealed a new desert design for its fifth football stadium.

The new 40,000-seat capacity complex will be built on the site of the now-deconstructed Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan.

The former structure was intended to serve as the basis of the new stadium, but ended up being torn down to meet FIFA’s technical requirements for a proposed World Cup host venue.

Former rendering of Al Rayyan Stadium
Former rendering of Al Rayyan Stadium

While the facility was originally designed to look like it was wrapped in a massive digital display board, the new plans for the stadium, located some 20km west of Doha’s city center, look markedly different.

Designed by UK-based Ramboll and Pattern, the rectangular-shaped building is slated to have soft corners and undulating waves, drawing on Islamic geometric influences that are also evident in the facade of Qatar’s iconic Burj Qatar building in West Bay.

In a statement, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) said the Al Rayyan stadium boasts seven patterns:

“Shield, desert rose, chain, nut heart, banana spiral, palm tree and bridal ring patterns. One of the six includes the bridal ring, a pattern referencing the heart of the stadium which unifies family and society. The pattern is also inspired by the Islamic and cultural concept of women at the core of the family and their important role in society.

The shield pattern, which predominantly weaves in the other six patterns, represents loyalty, unity and perseverance. The patterns unify to form one grand pattern for Al Rayyan, defining the past and future. The third and fourth patterns in the new design play on nature; the desert rose, a unique symbol of the natural ornaments in the desert, and the palm tree.”

Features

When completed in 2019, dune-like structures meant to resemble the sand dunes that surround traditional desert tents will flank the stadium and host multi-functional hospitality and service areas.

Al Rayyan Stadium design
Al Rayyan Stadium design

The stadium also has two giant screens for match replays, close-ups, and other graphics, and 3,400 parking spaces.

Adjacent “precinct” facilities in the building’s enclosure include mosques, a members club, an athletics track, cricket, hockey, and football training pitches, tennis courts, an aquatics centre, a skating park, a cycling track and shaded walkways and fountains.

Mall of Qatar rendering.
Mall of Qatar rendering.

The proposed design also features nearby facilities like the Al Rayyan Doha Metro link, located five minutes from the currently under-construction Mall of Qatar as well as a new branch of the ultra-modern sports medicine hospital, Aspetar.

Manco International General Contracting W.L.L, a joint venture between Manco, a subsidiary of the Al Mana Group, and Buckingham Group Contract are in charge of the stadium’s early works and preliminary deconstruction, while multi-national American corporation AECOM has been booked as the complex’s project manager.

After the 2022 World Cup, where the stadium will host matches up to the quarter finals stage, the complex’s capacity will be almost halved, with 19,000 seats in the upper tier removed and gifted to developing football nations in need of sporting amenities.

Sustainability

In a bid to promote sustainability in a largely fossil-fuel driven economy, the new stadium will be built with some with 90 percent of the materials from the deconstructed complex.

Demolition of Al Rayyan stadium
Demolition of Al Rayyan stadium

In a statement, the SCDL said some of the debris and materials will also be used by local and international artists to create works of public art that reflect the history of Al Rayyan Sports Club.

The Supreme Committee added that the new stadium would aim to reduce its own carbon footprint through on-site renewable energy sources, a lightweight building design, careful selection of materials and both energy and water efficiency measures.

The stadium is also designed with the goal of certification under both the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings.

Finally, to offset Qatar’s heat, the stadium is slated to be fitted with sustainable cooling technology to ensure comfortable viewing conditions for fans and an optimal playing temperature for players both during and after the World Cup.

Other stadiums

When Qatar bid for the games, it proposed readying 12 stadiums for the World Cup. That included a major renovation of three stadiums (Al Gharafa, Al Rayyan and Khalifa International), as well as the construction of nine new stadia.

However, that number is now expected to be pared down to so that the tournament is played in eight stadiums (the minimum requirement). A decision on the final number is expected to be made by FIFA this year.

So far, Qatar has unveiled plans for four of its other World Cup stadiums: in Al Khor, Al Wakrah, the Aspire Zone and Qatar Foundation. Each facility is expected to seat some 34,000 to 60,000 people.

Al Bayt (Al Khor) Stadium rendering
Al Bayt (Al Khor) Stadium rendering

The Al Khor stadium, dubbed “Al Bayt,” is based on the traditional Bayt Al Sha’ar, a white and black tent used by nomads in Qatar, and is one of the proposed venues for the world cup semi-finals. It is expected to be completed by 2018.

Khalifa Stadium rendering
Khalifa Stadium rendering

Next is the Aspire Zone’s existing 30-year-old Khalifa Stadium. The complex is expected to be refurbished to keep with FIFA standards, nine years after a US$90.12 million renovation done prior to the Asian Games.

In the southwest, the Al Wakrah Stadium, a modular structure based on the traditional dhow boat, will seat some 40,000 spectators during the World Cup, and around half that amount afterwards. Enabling works have been ongoing and the stadium is expected to be completed by 2018, three years later than the initial proposed date.

And the last venue with a design so far is a 40,000-seat diamond-inspired Education City stadium, part of the larger QF Stadium & Health and Wellness Precinct, which will include gymnasiums, a swimming pool, tennis courts, medical clinics and areas for other athletic activities.

Other confirmed sites for stadiums include Qatar Sports Club in Dafna/West Bay, and another venue near the new airport.

The eighth venue will be in Lusail City, which will host the World Cup opening ceremony and final match in 2022. That stadium is currently in the design phase.

All contracts for the stadium projects are to be governed by the SCDL’s Workers Welfare Standards, which were announced in 2013 and outline a number of basic rights that all contractors working on World Cup-related projects in Qatar are required to follow.

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Osama Alassiry AlMaadeed

It looks like they will pay the expats to wear Qatari clothes… 🙂

Peter Draper
5 years ago

I can be bought (cheaply too) 🙂

SHAJAHAN HUSSAIN
SHAJAHAN HUSSAIN
5 years ago
Reply to  Peter Draper

buy peter, get one free 😀

The Reporter
The Reporter
5 years ago

I don’t know if you meant that as a joke but it’s probably quite near the truth. I have little doubt that expats will be “encouraged” to attend the games by some means or other

Cerebus
Cerebus
5 years ago

The expats will have bailed by this point, I don’t think anyone is going to want to stick around while this potentially all goes south based on past experience. However, if they can hire the right companies to manage the events, and some confidence can be expressed in the ability to do this without making a mess out of it (busing in workers so that paid attendees cant get in, cancelling entertainment, schedule issues, transportation and parking, ticketing, etc that have been plaguing events in Qatar the past few years) then you may see a few stick around. I am betting on a very full airport of people heading out for the holidays and maybe not coming back.

Franck Rondello
Franck Rondello
5 years ago

will be an
honor to wear it, if i’m allowed.

The Reporter
The Reporter
5 years ago

The artists impression of the stadium is obviously incorrect as it appears to be full of spectators.

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
5 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

They seem to have omitted the golf buggies ferrying people from their cars to the stadium… people who on the one hand love sport, but at the same time hate the idea of actually having to walk anywhere.

Chilidog
Chilidog
5 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

Speaking of parking….. 3,400 spaces for a 40k capacity stadium? I haven’t checked numbers for stadiums in other countries, but that sounds low to me (>10 people per car, and that only includes fans?), especially when land is in a surplus.

Cerebus
Cerebus
5 years ago
Reply to  Chilidog

Land in surplus, but isnt the shortage of land and land value behind all the rent increases….so confusing. Unless you mean Land Cruisers in surplus….yes plenty of those. So the 3400 spaces will be reduced to 1000 due to bad parking.

Diego
Diego
5 years ago
Reply to  Chilidog

Isn’t it closer to 10 cars per person? But in reality for WC. many attendees will be tourists and I assume they will have systems in place to facilitate transportation. Helicopters not included

Simon
Simon
5 years ago
Reply to  Diego

‘facilitate transportation’: given the track record, especially for football matches, I have to say that this is a very optimistic assumption, Diego.

Diego
Diego
5 years ago
Reply to  Simon

I was thinking about the subway system they are working on, the roadway upgrading that has been and will be going on over the next few years. I am giving the advantage to Qatar to have things in place when the time comes, even though there has been mistakes made with tickets, the roads are congested and Sepp Bladder can’t wait for the next 10 elections to keep his power hold.

al-Lalal
al-Lalal
5 years ago
Reply to  Chilidog

There is also parking for 1000 Tata buses, but it is out of sight (just kidding)

Luis Henrique Rolim
5 years ago

“the debris and materials will also be used by local and international artists to create works of public art that reflect the history of Al Rayyan Sports Club” – Is art the only feature to reflect history of a club? How about people’s memories in the old stadium? I would be interested to know better what are the plans to build social-bridges to integrate the community with the new outstanding places, neighborhoods, cities…

Talal Mousa
Talal Mousa
5 years ago

this is a good step forward and is creative. I am negative about many things in Qatar but come on everyone, you have to admit this is good work from the government and engineering companies…(sound strategy)

Scarletti
Scarletti
5 years ago

at last a decent looking stadium – well done Ramboll

Green Hornet
Green Hornet
5 years ago

how come everyone in the pictures are locals? Are they not expecting expacts to attend?!

Cerebus
Cerebus
5 years ago
Reply to  Green Hornet

They have all expectorated.

Simon
Simon
5 years ago
Reply to  Green Hornet

That’s how you get commissions here.

Cerebus
Cerebus
5 years ago

“Shield, desert rose, chain, nut heart, banana spiral, palm tree and bridal ring patterns.” – Only missing Dhow Boat and Falcon and they have then hit every “architectural” whatever you can think of in Qatar. Although making it appear to be a pile of rubble like the one that grows outside of my compound everyday or the destroyed car that seems to be replaced by a new destroyed car on the corner would be an interesting addition. Maybe that could be art? I think I will do a montage of all the destroyed cars displayed in a ring around a pile of rubble, sprinkled with refuse and tires. Glad to see something different, but to be honest….the original design was modern, better looking, and wasn’t trying to be some sort of homage to culture. How about a stadium that is just useful and geared towards sports?

TRANK COPORATION - TURKEY
TRANK COPORATION - TURKEY
5 years ago

We are a Turkish Engineering and Technical Consulting Company based in Ankara – Turkey and our subsidiary ERBAYIR TRADING LIMITED is based in Malta. Actually we here have the honour and pleasure to inform the world media that we are Exclusively and Officially Consullting BUCKINGHAM CONTRACTING GROUP of UK , who is a Joint Venture Partner to Almana Group affiliated Manco Contracting , both are awarded with the preliminary construction works of AL RAYYAN STADIUM of QATAR . This successful acheivement is due to our Group’s intensive efforts and performance in coordiinating assisting and Consulting the QATARI – UK JOINT VENTURE . Turkish Sports Media are
fond Of such a success since it is the first time in the Turkish Sports History that a Europe
based Turkish Engineering Company joint ventured a UK COMPANY ( BUCKINGHAM CONTRACTORS GROUP ) and a GIANT QATARI HOLDING ( ALMANA GROUP ) chaired by
Mr. OMAR ALMANA of QATAR for such a giant construction project ( AL RAYYAN STADIUM
OF QATAR ) which is.to be ready for wellcoming the football fans of FIFA 2022 in DOHA .

TRANK INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENTA AND TRADE CORP – TURKEY
ERBAYIR TRADING LIMITED – MALTA

TRANK CORPORATION - TURKEY
TRANK CORPORATION - TURKEY
5 years ago

TO WHOM IT MAY INTEREST ,

AS AN ADDENDUM TO OUR PREVIOUS MESSAGE WE , TRANK CORPORATION OF TURKEY DECLARE HEREBY WITH FULL AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY THAT :

THE BELOW STATED COMPANIES AND PERSONALITIES HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO OUR SUCCESSFUL ACHEIVEMENT , WITH THEIR ENDLESS EFFORTS AND PERSEVERANCE IN ASSISTING CONSULTING AND COORDINATING THE JOINT VENTURE OF ( MANCO CONTRACTING COMPANY OF QATAR ) CHAIRED BY MR. OMAR ALMANA and ( BUCKINGHAM GROUP CONTRACTORS COMPANY OF UK ) CHAIRED BY MR. KEVIN
UNDERWOOD IN BEING AWARDED BY THE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE OF QATAR THE PRELIMINARY
CONSTRUCTION WORKS OF AL RAYYAN STADIUM .

WE HEREBY PRESENT OUR FEELINGS OF GRATITUDE AND THANKS TO :

MR . MEHMET BAHAETTIN CEBECI ( Principal Advisor to the President of TURKEY )
MR. DINH TAI ( Group Chief Executive of Swiss Atttixs Hospitality Group LLC )
MR. OMAR H AL MANA ( President Chairman of ALMANA GROUP of Companies )
MR. EMILE ISAC ( President Chairman of Confidential Managment LLC of UK )
Dr. Ing. Dipl. CELAL O. ERBAYIR ( Pesident Chairman of Trank Corporation of TURKEY )
ERBAYIR TRADING LIMITED Company of MALTA .
TRANK INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENTS AND TRADE Company of TURKEY .

TRANK CORPORATION – TURKEY

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