A sustainable legacy to promote cooperation among nations

Lusail Stadium hosts the final match (Karim Jaafar/AFP)

The activities of the World Cup were not limited to the walls of the eight stadiums, but artistic, heritage and entertainment activities were organized on the sidelines of the matches, and the capital of Qatar, Doha, and various cities of the country, turned into grounds for the celebration of the fans, who numbered more than 1 .2 million people.
The global soccer event was not limited to the host country, but expanded beyond it “as an opportunity to build bridges between the different nations of the world,” according to the secretary-general of the Supreme Committee for Projects and Heritage, responsible for World Cup projects, Hassan Al Thawadi.
Qatar has prepared eight stadia (stadiums) for World Cup football competitions, at a cost of 23 billion riyals ($6.31 billion), namely Hamad bin Khalifa International Stadium, Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium , Education City Stadium and Al Janoub Stadium Lusail Stadium and Stadium 974. Al-Thawadi explained: “The tournament will leave a lasting legacy and advance many aspects, with its positive contribution to change at all levels.”
For his part, Saif Al-Hajri, head of the “One Flower for Every Spring Program” and an environmental expert, told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that Qatar has promised, since its victory as the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, to raise the level of sport in the world because of its importance, and to develop sport in less fortunate countries, and it will work. The entire stadium “974” was transferred to developing countries, and the process of dismantling it has already begun, which reduces the number of seats from other stadiums, and donates them to countries in need. “This is part of the value of sport and heritage from Qatar, with the use of stadiums and sports facilities after the tournament in many aspects of life.”

Fans from around the world in Qatar (Aud Andersen/AFP)

On the other hand, the engineer who takes care of the road signs, Namir Muhammad Wais, in his interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, believes that the dismantling of thousands of seats from the stadium in Qatar is part of the government’s plan to increase the sustainability of the materials used during design or production, emphasizing that this initiative is a pioneering idea for the expansion of the goal Top sport football, which was and still is a beacon for strengthening the spirit of cooperation.
The sustainable legacy that Qatar will leave for the World Cup is embodied in the stadiums that will be the fields for football competitions and the surrounding areas, and about 170,000 stadium seats will be dismantled to be distributed to a number of developing countries, as a historical legacy of the “World Cup in Qatar”. .

And about the legacy he will leave Educational city stadium Following the conclusion of the World Cup competition, the stadium’s director, Ali Al-Dosari, explains that the stadium will be transformed into a community destination that will serve students, faculty and administration in a variety of ways, such as converting parts of it into event and graduation venues, or into classrooms, etc., and the capacity will be reduced from 40,000 seats to 20,000, and the upper part of the seats will be donated to countries that do not have sports infrastructure, to contribute to the promotion of football culture and sports around the world.

was built Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium It is located on the site of the Al Rayyan Stadium, 22 kilometers from the center of Doha, near Qatar Mall. The design reflects the desert environment of the region. Its interior design is characterized by seats in the stands that can accommodate 40,000 fans, and are decorated in red and black, in reference to the colors of the Al Rayyan Sports Club, which will take over the stadium after the World Cup.
According to its director, Abdullah Al-Faihani, the area around the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium includes new sports facilities and equipment, including a 2.6-kilometer sports promenade, six football pitches, a cricket pitch, a horse-riding track, a cycling track, exercise equipment , athletics track, and other facilities that will be the legacy of the stadium, and half of the stadium seats, or about 20,000 seats, will be donated to countries that do not have sports facilities.

says the manager Al Thumama StadiumKhalifa Al-Manea, that the area around the stadium includes many sports facilities, including jogging and cycling tracks, in green areas, in addition to a series of training grounds that will serve the Qatari clubs after the World Cup is over. It stands out for its design, which was inspired by Qatari architect Ibrahim Al-Jaidah from the white gaffia, the traditional headgear of men in the Gulf and Arab world. The 20,000 seats in the upper tier of the stadium will be dismantled with the aim of donating them to sports projects in developing countries, and then use the reduced capacity of the stadium to hold competitions. Football and other sports events, in addition to the establishment of retail stores, a sports clinic and a small hotel in the upper area of ​​the stadium.
host Khalifa International Stadium A long list of historic sporting events since its launch in 1976, it has undergone a series of renovations and changes in preparation for the World Cup, and is considered one of the most famous sports stadiums in the Gulf and the region. At the end of 2014, we witnessed an update to adjust its specifications to become compatible with the standards and requirements of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA). The new design included updating the shape of the stadium’s floor and adding 12,000 seats, increasing its total capacity to 40,000. In May 2017, it was opened as the first World Cup stadium.
The stadium is surrounded by many buildings and facilities, such as the Torch Hotel, the Hamad Water Sports Complex and the “Aspire” dome, which is the largest indoor multi-sport venue in the world, in addition to gardens and parks, and the stadium will retain its seats.
setAl Bayt StadiumIt is in the form of the House of Poetry, that is, a traditional tent where Bedouins live, in the city of Al-Khor in the north of the country, about 60 kilometers, with a public capacity of 60,000 seats. – the purpose of serving the needs of the population in the areas of Al Khor and Al Thakhira.

During the match at Al Bayt Stadium (Victor Vivas/Getty)

The legacy of the stadium after the World Cup is embodied in the garden of the house, which provides sports and recreational facilities, and the green areas around the stadium extend to one million square meters, and there are also running tracks, bicycle tracks, and tracks for horses and camels. Five-star hotel with 96 rooms.

It is located “South StadiumAbout 23 kilometers south of Doha, architect Zaha Hadid was inspired by the ancient maritime history of the city of Al-Wakr, which was associated with sea riding for fishing and pearl extraction, so she inspired the design in the form of an outer shell with a traditional boat inside a 92-meter-long collapsible the roof allows illumination of the intensity of the sun’s rays, completely shading the stadium.

The Al Janoub stadium can accommodate 40,000 spectators, and it is planned to dismantle 20,000 seats from the upper stands and donate them to sports projects around the world, and then use the stadium with the remaining seats for football competitions and other sports events. , so the stadium in its legacy phase becomes a sports center that will serve the residents of the surrounding areas, according to its director, Abdulaziz Al-Ishaq.

incarnateStadium 974The number that forms the international telephone code for Qatar. Concepts of sustainability and heritage. Built entirely from shipping containers and self-contained steel units, it is the first fully demountable indoor football stadium, with a capacity of 40,000 fans. In the post-tournament legacy phase, containers and hulls will be reused and waterfront facilities will be created for the benefit of the community as well as a vibrant business hub.
Since the iron structure is made of recycled steel that can be reused, it is intended to be used for other purposes such as the construction of another stadium of the same capacity, either in Qatar or another country, or the reuse of its components in the construction of other sports or non-sports facilities. facilities, or the use of its parts for other purposes such as maritime transport.
hostsLusail StadiumLocated about 20 kilometers north of the center of Doha, the final match of the World Cup in football will be held on December 18 next year, and it is considered the largest stadium in the World Cup in Qatar, with a capacity of 80,000 seats, and the design of the stadium simulates a lighthouse that used in the past to guide ships, through the emission of light from its ports, since the openings on the exterior facade of the stadium help to overlap light and shadow, which helps to illuminate the stadium after sunset hours, as if it is a huge lighthouse that guides fans from all over the world to its location and invites them to visit him.
As for the legacy it will leave, Tamim Al-Abed, operations manager of Lusail Stadium, explains that there are a number of ideas for using the indoor spaces after the tournament for the benefit of society, including turning it into a community destination that includes low-rent housing units, shops, schools , cafes and facilities, sports and health clinics, while remaining a sports facility ready for all future sports projects. The upper level of the stadium’s fan seats will be converted into outdoor balconies for new housing units, provided that these components are donated to countries that lack sports infrastructure.
It should be noted that the FIFA World Cup matches will end on December 18, in commemoration of Qatar National Day.

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