QATAR TO BUILD WORLD CUP STADIUM SHAPED LIKE ARABIAN CAP

Qatar will build a stadium shaped like an Arabian skull cap, for the 2022 World Cup, organisers said, as the Gulf state moves ahead with preparations for the tournament.

The tournament is the centrepiece of a strategy to project Qatar onto the global stage via sport.

Doha’s Al Thumama stadium, designed by a Qatari architect, in the shape of a traditional knitted “gahfiya,” Arabian cap, will host 40,000 fans at a World Cup quarter final match, the country’s 2022 organising body said, in a statement.

“This symbolic design embodies everything that unites us as Arabs and Muslims, and is a fitting tribute to the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East,” said Hassan al-Thawadi, Qatar’s 2022 committee chief.

The venue is one of at least eight air-conditioned stadiums Qatar is building, along with a new port and metro system, as part of a USD 200 billion infrastructure upgrade

Source: NAM News Network