Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium Design
The design of Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan is the story of Qatar. Its most striking feature is a glowing façade, comprised of patterns that characterise different aspects of the country: the importance of family, the beauty of the desert, the native flora and fauna, as well as local and international trade.
A seventh shape, a shield, brings together all the others, representing the strength and unity that is particularly relevant to the proud desert city of Al Rayyan.
Visually stunning, culturally important
These patterns are like the geometric shapes often found in Islamic architecture and their impressive intricacy reflects the exquisite handicrafts produced in Qatar.
This unique façade is nestled around a compact seating structure, which guarantees an electric atmosphere and allows all 40,000 fans to feel closer than ever to the action on the pitch. Those fans are protected from the elements by a lightweight canopy and advanced cooling systems, allowing them to enjoy every match in complete comfort.
A man-made wonder inspired by nature
If fans can take their eyes off the spectacular sight of Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium itself, they will see that other parts of the district echo the desert motif, including dune-shaped hospitality areas and merchandise stalls. Nightfall brings another dimension to the scene as several nearby buildings light up with a soft glow, welcoming visitors from far and wide.
The picture is completed by greenbelt land surrounding the stadium complex, serving as a further reminder of the central place that nature occupies in Al Rayyan, Qatar and the FIFA World Cup 2022™.
Ramboll designed the complex and AECOM was the project manager for the stadium.