Ibrahim Jaidah proud to play his part in history of Qatar
Sunday's design launch of Al Thumama Stadium – the sixth proposed 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ venue – was a proud moment for Doha-born architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah, one which he says hopes can spread understanding of Arab culture around the world.
The design of Al Thumama Stadium is inspired by the gahfiya – a recognisable headpiece worn by Arab men across the region. Something which Jaidah says was very important to him throughout the process.
Qatari architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah has designed Al Thumama Stadium
In his interview with www.sc.qa he also expressed his delight at being a part of a historic moment in local and regional history.
"I am very proud and delighted to contribute in designing one of the stadia which is going to host the first World Cup in the Arab region," he said.
"The fact that the stadium's design is inspired from the Arab culture shows how much Qatar is keen to promote the Arab culture through staging this universal event."
Jaidah designed the stadium on behalf of the Arab Engineering Bureau, the oldest architectural and engineering consulting firm in Qatar.
Already renowned throughout the region, he has made his mark on the landscape of his country through projects such as the Ministry of Interior building, the Fire Station Museum and the previous Qatar Foundation building, which is printed on the 100 QAR notes.
The design of Al Thumama Stadium is inspired by the gahfiya
Surroundings, he says, continue to inspire him.
"The fact that I grew up in Alhasra area at the heart of Doha has deeply influenced my works and designs," he continued.
"After my higher education journey in the UK and USA my curiosity brought me to exploring the depths of Qatari architecture and its details.
"As a result of that I felt responsible for adopting the Qatari design style in my works. I also worked on documenting Qatar's architecture through my book 'History of architecture in Qatar'."
Jaidah also said the Al Thumama Stadium project said was one of his greatest undertakings, but also likely to become the source of his greatest joy – taking him on a journey to his childhood.
"The biggest challenge in the design was how to merge the details of the traditional gahfiya with the modern design and construction style," he explained.
"We worked hard together with 13 partners to come up with the current design. During the design and conception phase, a lot of childhood memories came alive, remembering walking around the Aljasra area wearing our traditional cloths including thawb and gahfiya."
"During the design and conception phase, a lot of childhood memories came alive, remembering walking around the Aljasra area wearing our traditional cloths including thawb and gahfiya."
At the end of his interview, he concluded by thanking those that have given him his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
"I am very grateful for giving me, the Arab and Qatari youth the opportunity to be part of Qatar's journey to host the World Cup. It's a unique platform to introduce Qatari and Arab skills to the world."
Find out more about Al Thumama Stadium, including all the plans for the stadium and precinct after 2022.