First World Cup stadium designed by Qatari and Arab hands

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The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) revealed the design of Al Thumama Stadium, the sixth 2022 Fifa World Cup stadium and the first one designed by Qataris and Arabs.

The distinctive white bowl design, adorned with an intricate pattern, is based on the gahfiya, an essential component of traditional Arab dress that holds in place the ghutra and aghal, which together form a symbol of dignity and independence.

Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Legacy and Delivery, Hassan Al Thawadi said that the design of the Al Thumama Stadium was inspired by gahfiya, and reflects the harmony between the Qatari heritage they take pride in and the country’s aspiration towards the future.
“With just over five years to go until Qatar opens the doors of the Middle East to the world, 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,” Al Thawadi said.