Upcoming Qatar World Cup stadium to look like Arab cap

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By GCR Staff0 CommentsQatar has revealed the design of the sixth stadium proposed for the 2022 World Cup.

Al Thumama Stadium's design represents the gahfiya - a traditional woven cap worn by males.

According to SCDL Secretary General Hassan Al Thawadi, the new 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". "It's a blend of our heritage and culture, and a commitment to the future".

Qatar World Cup organisers have presented plans for the 40,000-seat Al Thumama Stadium that will be used in 2022.

Designed by renowned Qatari architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah, the stadium took its name from the al thumama tree that grows locally. Construction has already begun, with the stadium due to be completed in 2020. The stadium is being constructed by a joint venture between Qatari company Al Jaber Engineering and Turkish firm Tekfen Construction.

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The stadium, situated in the busy Doha suburb of Al Thumama - just 6km south of the famous Doha Corniche - is one of the most centrally located of the eight that are being built for the World Cup.

Al Thumama Stadium is one of seven venues now under construction across Qatar, with the Khalifa International Stadium having been completed and inaugurated in May in Doha.

"In terms of stadium progress or stadium construction and infrastructure requirements for the World Cup, progress is being made as well". "It is an arena that symbolises Qatar's youth and its emergence as a major player on the global sporting scene, ready to welcome the world in 2022".

Despite the ongoing blockade by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, Qatar's tight timeline to deliver World Cup stadiums remains on schedule, a senior official said.