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Countdown to Qatar 2022: four years to go

To mark the four years to go milestone until the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ kicks off, check out the progress we are making at each of our stadium sites.

With one stadium fully redeveloped and seven others under various stages of construction, all our infrastructure projects are set to be completed well before the tournament begins on 21 November 2022.

Al Wakrah Stadium

Capacity: 40,000

Design inspired by: Dame Zaha Hadid

Distance from Doha city centre: 23km (14 miles)

Inspired by the late British-Iraqi architect Dame Zaha Hadid, the futuristic Al Wakrah Stadium will host matches up to the quarter-finals stage during Qatar 2022. The design is inspired by the sails of traditional dhow boats – in tribute to Al Wakrah's seafaring past. An innovative cooling system and retractable roof mean the stadium will be used all year round.

Construction update:

Work at Al Wakrah Stadium advances at a rapid pace. The stadium structure is now completed and work is progressing on internal finishes, the roof and façade works. The energy centre that will serve the stadium has been built, while the precinct infrastructure and hard landscaping are advancing.

Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City

Capacity: 60,000

Designer: Dar Al-Handasah

Distance from Doha city centre: 43km (27 miles)

A remarkable sight will welcome fans to Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City, which is being delivered by Aspire Zone Foundation. The arena, designed to represent Arab hospitality, will host matches through to the semi-finals stage in 2022 and will be covered by a structure resembling a traditional Arab tent known as 'bayt al sha'ar', complete with a state-of-the-art retractable roof.

Construction update:

The stadium structure has been completed, along with the installation of the retractable roof. Works within the precinct infrastructure and landscaping are progressing at the venue.

Al Rayyan Stadium

Capacity: 40,000

Designer: Ramboll

Distance from Doha city centre: 22km (14 miles)

Al Rayyan Stadium will showcase the very best of Qatari culture in 2022 as it hosts matches up to the quarter-finals stage of Qatar 2022. The outer façade will be made up of intricate patterns representing Qatar, from its history of trade to its varied wildlife. Al Rayyan's desert landscapes will be reflected on the façade – and in the dune-shaped hospitality areas and merchandise stalls dotted around the stadium complex.

Construction update:

The installation of the compression and tensile roof steel structure modules has been completed, while façade installation has commenced, along with testing of the energy centre.

Education City Stadium

Capacity: 40,000

Designer: FIA Fenwick Iribarren Architects

Distance from Doha city centre: 12km (7 miles)

Education City Stadium is located at the heart of Qatar Foundation – a vibrant centre for knowledge and innovation where this ultramodern arena will be a fitting addition and lasting symbol of sustainability. The stadium will host matches up to the quarter-finals stage in 2022 and eventually become the home of the Qatar Women's team.

Construction update:

Progress continues to be made at the 'Diamond in the Desert'. More than 220,000m³ of concrete has been casted, fabrication of the shimmering façade is almost complete and the roof structural steel works are progressing rapidly.

Al Thumama Stadium

Capacity: 40,000

Designer: Arab Engineering Bureau

Distance from Doha city centre: 13km (8 miles)

The design of Al Thumama Stadium is inspired by the 'gahfiya', a traditional woven cap worn for centuries by men across the Arab world. It is the first FIFA World Cup™ venue to be designed by a Qatari architect – Ibrahim Al Jaidah.

Construction update:

More than 80% of the stadium's concrete frame has been completed, while work on the stadium's upper tier steel structure is progressing well. Installation of the bleachers is ongoing. Precinct works are also in progress, including installation of water tanks, training pitches and other utilities and services.

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium

Capacity: 40,000

Designer: FIA Fenwick Iribarren Architects

Distance from Doha city centre: 10km (6 miles)

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will be the first fully demountable and re-usable tournament venue in FIFA World Cup™ history. Designed by Fenwick Iribarren Architects, this 40,000-capacity stadium will be built using shipping containers and other modular materials. Overlooking the stunning Doha Corniche and West Bay skyline, the stadium will host matches up to the quarter-finals stage in 2022.

Construction update:

The fabrication of containers for Ras Abu Aboud Stadium commenced in August 2018, with the first batch expected in Doha in February 2019. The venue will be built using 998 modular containers. The prefabricated modular structure allows for the use of fewer materials and reduces waste and emissions.

Lusail Stadium

Capacity: 80,000

Designer: Foster + Partners

Distance from Doha city centre: 16km (10 miles)

Lusail Stadium will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ final, opening game and matches throughout the tournament. The design for Lusail Stadium is due to be unveiled in December 2018.

Construction update:

At Lusail Stadium, the 24th – and final – main structural column to support the stadium façade has been installed. Meanwhile, concrete superstructure works are progressing in all zones, reaching the fifth and sixth floors in the east and west sides respectively, where the structure will reach 80m at its highest point.

Khalifa International Stadium

Capacity: 40,000

Distance from Doha city centre: 13km (8 miles)

On 19 May 2017 Khalifa International Stadium became the first 2022 FIFA World Cup™ stadium to open when it hosted the Emir Cup final in front of more than 40,000 fans. Located in Aspire Zone, the historic venue has previously hosted the Asian Games, the Gulf Cup and the AFC Asian Cup. Next year it will host the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

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