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The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium hosted the final of the Emir Cup between Al Saad and Al Arabi …
Qatar inaugurated a new venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, on Friday night. The stadium will be the new home of the Al Rayyan Sports Club team of the Qatar Stars League (QSL).
December 18 is always special for Qatar. It is Qatar National Day and the final of the 2022 World Cup will be held on December 18 two years later at the Lusail Stadium.
objective brings you 10 interesting facts about the stadium that hosted its first match in the form of the Amir Cup final between Al-Saad and Al Arabi.
1) The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium is the fourth stadium in Qatar that is ready for the world main event in 2022 after the Khalifa International, Al Janoub and Education City stadiums. The Supreme Committee on Delivery and Legacy (SC) has now opened four venues for the World Cup, with exactly two years left for the main event.
2) The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium will host seven matches until the knockout stage during the World Cup.
3) The stadium symbolizes different aspects of Qatar: the importance of family, the beauty of the desert, the native flora and fauna, and local and international trade. Its dune-like structures resemble the sand dunes that surround traditional desert tents. A fifth form, a shield, brings together all the others, representing the strength and unity that is relevant to the city of Al Rayyan.
SC was awarded the Stadium Design of the Year award for the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium at the 2016 World Stadium Congress in Doha.
4) The capacity of the stadium is 40,000. During the final of the Amir Cup, it operated at 50 percent capacity. Fans sat with two separate seats and had to present a negative COVID-19 test or a positive COVID-19 antibody test to enter the stadium.
5) The stadium is a 30-minute drive from Doha and is also accessible by metro as it is within walking distance of Al Riffa metro station on the green line of the Doha metro. It is situated in one of the most historic cities in Qatar and is close to Doha on the way to beautiful desert landscapes. The Al Rayyan community will also feature the sports complex around the stadium that includes six soccer training grounds, a cricket pitch, a riding track, a cycle track, gymnastics equipment and a running track.
6) The design, construction, management and energy efficiency of the site are in line with the Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD) Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS). As a result, GSAS Design and Construction Certification (four-star rating), GSAS Construction Management Certification (Class A *), and GSAS Seasonal Energy Efficiency Index (SEER) Compliance Certificates were awarded to the Al Rayyan stadium.
7) The stadium was built after the demolition of the old Ahmed Bin Ali stadium. Most of the materials from the demolished stadium were used in construction or recycled. The project achieved a 90 percent landfill rate, as it minimized construction and demolition waste. It is also 20% more energy efficient compared to other places and uses 20% less water thanks to sustainable measures.
8) India’s largest construction company, Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), together with Qatari contractor Al Balagh Trading & Contracting have built the architectural marvel.
9) The stadium has achieved a significant health and safety milestone after becoming the first project site to complete 20 million work hours twice without a Lost Time Injury (LTI). An LTI is an injury sustained by an employee that leads to loss of productive work in the form of absenteeism or lateness.
10) After the FIFA World Cup, its capacity will be reduced to 20,000 and its modular top tier will be phased out and donated to a suitable football project abroad in developing countries.