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The Al Janoub Stadium, with its 40 000-seats capacity, opened in the southern city of Al Wakrah on 16 May 2019 during the Amir Cup Final.

Adding history to history

Al Wakrah is one of Qatar’s oldest continuously inhabited areas and was a centre for pearl diving and fishing. The traditional dhow boats used in these pursuits inspired the design of the Al Janoub Stadium. It is situated near the museum and is to be enjoyed by all.

After the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the stadium will become a new home for sport and entertainment. Its capacity will then be reduced to 20 000 seats. The other 20 000 seats will be donated to football development projects overseas.


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As mentioned, the graceful lines and flowing curves were inspired by traditional dhow boats weaving through the currents of the Gulf. The futuristic arena forms a bridge between the old and new, showcasing Qatar’s drive to reach beyond its shores. Apart from its beauty, the design is also practical. The stadium was designed in association with AECOM and Zaha Hadid Architects. KEO International Consultants was the project manager.

Innovative cooling system

The bowed beams hold up the roof and resemble a ship’s hull. This allows light to enter the arena but doesn’t allow too much heat through. It has an innovative cooling system to keep everyone comfortable. Detailed micro-climate analysis informed the arena’s shape, with aerodynamics and the minimal use of glass assisting in its green temperature control method.

In November 2018, the stadium received a Class A sustainability rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS).

Green spaces with 800 new trees and low-water-consumption vegetation are developed around the complex, with space for horse riding, running tracks and cycle lanes. The development of additional sporting facilities will encourage people to stay fit. Roads are upgraded to reduce journey times and emissions, with the capacity for buses increased.

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