Al Thumama Stadium Timeline
On 22 October 2021, Al Thumama Stadium was inaugurated – hosting the Amir Cup 2021 Final between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd.
The match is a much-loved fixture for all Qatari football fans – made even more precious through the stadium’s emotive gahfiya-inspired design.
AI Thumama Stadium’s design, created by Qatari Architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah, was first shared with the world in August 2017 when a giant scale model of the arena was unveiled at Hamad International Airport.
May 2018 saw the stadium receive the prestigious MIPIM/ Architectural Review Future Project Award in the Sport and Stadiums category.
At four years to go until the FIFA World Cup 2022™, in November 2018, more than 80% of Al Thumama Stadium’s concrete frame had been completed. Work on the upper-tier steel structure was also progressing well.
AI Thumama Stadium’s Senior Engineer, Khalifa Al Mana, briefed delegates at the European Stadium & Safety Management Association (ESSMA) Summit in Porto in January 2019. He highlighted the planned removal of seats after the tournament, thanks to the modular upper-tier seating sections.
The installation of the steel cables in March 2020 was in preparation for ‘Big Lift’, an operation that saw Al Thumama Stadium’s roof put in place.
In September 2020, a pilot project was launched with Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) to collaborate around air quality – with a monitoring system installed at AI Thumama Stadium.
In the lead up to its opening, Qatar confirmed the venue’s legacy role as a community hub, its green and sustainable credentials, as well as its accessibility thanks to the Doha Metro.