Third 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium to open in December | Education City Stadium

Third 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium to open in December | Education City Stadium

Liverpool’s semi-final on 18th December?

Doha: A striking, brand-new 40,000-seater that will also be a FIFA World Cup venue in three years’ time will host the third-place play-off and final at the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019.

Education City Stadium will officially open on December 18, 2019 – Qatar National Day – when it hosts the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final, before hosting the tournament’s final, three days later.

The 40,000-capacity arena, nicknamed the ‘Diamond in the Desert’, will become the third FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadium to open, following Khalifa International Stadium in 2017 and Al Janoub Stadium earlier this year.

Situated in the heart of Education City – in the Al Rayyan district of Qatar – the world cup stadium shall host matches up to the quarter-finals stage in 2022. Fans will be able to access the stadium using the Doha Metro Green Line, which is set to open in the coming weeks.

The design of Education City Stadium draws on the rich history of Islamic architecture, blended with striking modernity. The façade features triangles that form complex, diamond-like geometrical patterns which appear to change colour depending on the sun’s position.

Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), said unveiling the stadium on Qatar National Day would be a proud moment for the entire country.

“The inauguration of Education City Stadium will mark another major milestone on the road to delivering international football’s showpiece event,” said Al Thawadi.

“Everyone in Qatar will feel immense pride when this architectural masterpiece is unveiled on our country’s National Day, during the prestigious FIFA Club World Cup, and exactly three years before the Qatar 2022 final takes place.”

Al Thawadi added, “Hosting the FIFA Club World Cup is a golden opportunity to boost preparation for 2022 while giving thousands of fans from across the globe a taste of what to expect in three years’ time. We are immensely excited about hosting this tournament for the next two instalments, as we continue to finalise our plans for the World Cup.”

Meanwhile, BBC Sports has revealed that Liverpool’s matches will be played in the new Education City. “Doha will host Liverpool’s semi-final on 18th December – the same date as the final of the next World Cup will take place,” BBC stated on its website Oct 1, 2019.

It has already been confirmed that European champions Liverpool will contest the stadium’s inaugural fixture after they received a bye to the semi-finals of the tournament. The Reds qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup after winning the UEFA Champions League in June.

Liverpool’s opponents in the semi-final will be decided during the tournament, which kicks off on 11 December.

Engineer Yasir Al Jamal, Vice Chairman of the SC’s Technical Delivery Office,  said: “We are honoured that Liverpool – one of the most famous and prestigious clubs in the world – will contest the opening match at Education City Stadium.

“We are also immensely proud that Education City Stadium will be the third tournament-ready venue for Qatar 2022 and the second, after Al Janoub Stadium, to be built from scratch. I would like to pay tribute to the entire project team, along with Qatar Foundation, one of our key stakeholders. They have collaborated brilliantly to deliver this magnificent structure three years before the FIFA World Cup is held right here in Qatar.”

Sustainability lies at the heart of the Education City Stadium project. Post-2022, the stadium’s seating capacity will be reduced to 20,000, with the modular upper tier donated to create sporting facilities overseas. The stadium will eventually provide sporting facilities for the numerous educational, research and innovation establishments at Education City.

The stadium was delivered by ASTAD Project Management, with FIA Fenwick Iribarren Architects serving as the lead designer. The JPAC joint venture has served as the design and build contractor, while Pattern were appointed as the lead design architect and BuroHappold appointed for engineering design.

The FIFA Club World Cup 2019 will be held in Qatar from 11-21 December. The matches will be played at three World Cup Stadium venues: Jassin Bin Hamad Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium and Education City Stadium. Five teams have qualified to-date: Al Sadd SC (host country representative*), Liverpool FC (UEFA), CF Monterrey (CONCACAF), ES Tunis (CAF) and Hienghène Sport (OFC). The AFC and CONMEBOL representatives will be confirmed in November.

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Souq Waqif visitors witness unveiling of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Official Emblem

Souq Waqif visitors witness unveiling of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Official Emblem

George Julius Williams | Consulting Editor

DOHA: 2019 not the year but 20:19 HRS!  Its 3rd Sept 2019 and I am just 3 minutes away from witnessing the historic unveiling of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 official emblem.

Not just me but an expectant exciting crowd of hundreds have gathered at the popular tourist destination Souq Waqif located in the heart of Doha, the capital city of Qatar who are all set to host the FIFA 2022 World Cup.

Joining Souq Waqif visitors who have braved the 42 degree Centigrade weather and high humidity are other popular locations in Qatar and number of major cities around the world celebrating the historic milestone.

As minutes tick by 20:20 then 20:21 an eerie hush descends on the waiting crowd when suddenly flashing on the huge wall of the Msheireb building facing the souq, a countdown starts, 5 4 3 2 1 and a moving picture of impressive logo is revealed to the cheering and clapping of the onlookers. 

A press release by SCDL sent out to the media within hours of unveiling of the official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ emblem stated:

A section of the crowd watching the unveiling of the FIFA 2022 emblem at Souq Waqif - QatarIndians.com

A section of the crowd watching the unveiling of the FIFA 2022 emblem at Souq Waqif

“The Official Emblem of the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup™ was unveiled today as FIFA and host country Qatar reached another major milestone on the road to the world’s greatest football showpiece.

The official unveiling took place in Qatar’s capital, Doha, at 20:22 local time (19:22 CET), with thousands of spectators witnessing the synchronised projection of the emblem onto a number of the country’s most iconic buildings, including Burj Doha, Katara Cultural Village Amphitheatre, Ministry of Interior, Souq Waqif and Msheireb and Al Zubarah Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

A number of major cities around the world are also celebrating the milestone, with images of the emblem seen on renowned locations and outdoor billboards in prominent public spaces. Some of the world’s best-known footballers and FIFA World Cup legends are also taking to social media to support the launch and share the emblem with their millions of fans online.

The emblem’s design embodies the vision of an event that connects and engages the entire world, while also featuring striking elements of local and regional Arab culture and allusions to the beautiful game.

The swooping curves of the emblem represent the undulations of desert dunes and the unbroken loop depicts both the number eight – a reminder of the eight astonishing stadiums that will host matches – and the infinity symbol, reflecting the interconnected nature of the event. Besides echoing the shape of the iconic FIFA World Cup Trophy, the emblem’s central form takes inspiration from a traditional woollen shawl. During winter months, shawls are worn around the world and in the Arab and Gulf region in particular by a variety of people and in various styles.

An image released by SCDL explaining the various facets of the iconic FIFA 2022 emblem

An image released by SCDL explaining the various facets of the iconic FIFA 2022 emblem

The intricate embroidered detail that often adorns shawls in the Arab world is featured and takes inspiration from various cultures across Asia, celebrating the continent’s second hosting of a FIFA World Cup tournament and Qatar’s diverse population. The regionally inspired winter garment also alludes to the tournament’s start dates and the fact that it will be the first FIFA World Cup™ to be played in November and December.

The new typeface created to accompany the emblem reimagines traditional Arabic calligraphy in a new, contemporary font, taking inspiration from the region and Asia, and fusing tradition with modernity.

The emblem is just one example of the bold, modern tournament designs that will be revealed in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The striking Al Janoub Stadium – modelled after the traditional dhow boat used in the region and the second venue to be ready – hosted its first match in May this year and demonstrates the host country’s grand vision to create iconic designs. The remaining six venues are scheduled to be completed before the end of 2020, including the spectacular fanar lantern‑inspired Lusail Stadium, which will host the opening match on 21 November, as well as the final on 18 December 2022.”

The iconic infinity sign a mathematical symbol first used in 1655 by John Wallis, a well-known mathematician, originally comes from India and Arabic artists later used it to represent eternity, wholeness and completion.

A horse parade circling the ground overlooking the Msheireb building at Souq Waqif before the unveiling of the FIFA 2022 emblem.

A horse parade circling the ground overlooking the Msheireb building at Souq Waqif before the unveiling of the FIFA 2022 emblem.

Al Jazeera Television’s Andy Richardson reporting from Doha said the details of the emblem are not as important as the wider symbolism of the timing the launch.

“The timing of this launch is no accident. It was September the 3rd 1971 when Qatar became an independent country having previously been a protectorate of Britain and it is now as an independent country that Qatar will be bringing the World Cup to the Middle East for the very first time,” Richardson said.

“And after all the conversations and controversies we have had since Qatar was awarded the World Cup in 2010, the global nature of the launch of this emblem is a reminder to everyone that sure enough, a football tournament will be coming here in November 2022,” he added.

Saad Al Kubaisi, a young Qatari, an ardent football fan speaking to QI expressed his excitement at the thought that his beloved country would soon be hosting the FIFA 2022 World Cup – a first for any Arab nation.

Mohd Kutty, an Indian from the state of Kerala and a long-time resident of Qatar who runs a small textile shop in Souq Waqif said he hoped the Almighty would Inshahallah give him an opportunity to watch the World Cup due to held here in three years time.

QatarIndians along with its over 50,000 followers expectantly look forward to witnessing the historic event when Qatar will successfully host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

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The tournament will begin on 21 November and final being played on 18 December 2022 (which coincides with Qatar National Day)

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FIFA to unveil Qatar 2022 World Cup emblem on Sept 3

FIFA to unveil Qatar 2022 World Cup emblem on Sept 3

FIFA confirmed in a post on its website on Tuesday that the official emblem for the Qatar 2022 World Cup will be unveiled on Tuesday, September 3.

Qatar will host the World Cup for the first time in its history as well as the history of the Middle East and the Arab countries from November 21 until December 18, 2022.

The country is also set to host the FIFA Club World Cup next December as part of its preparations for the 2022 World Cup.

Qatar 2022 World Cup emblem

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The tournament will begin on 21 November and final being played on 18 December 2022 (which coincides with Qatar National Day)

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