The Unique Circular Shape Informs The Qatar Stadium Designed By Ibrahim M Jaidah For FIFA 2022 World Cup


Ibrahim M Jaidah, the principal architect at the renowned Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB), has designed this unique ring-shaped stadium- dubbed- Al Thumama Stadium- in Doha, Qatar for the FIFA World Cup that is going to be held next year. The stadium developed for the sixth FIFA tournament can accommodate up to 40,000 spectators. The stadium is named after a locally available tree and looks like gahfiya- the traditional woven head cap which is worn by boys and men throughout the Middle East. Certainly, its magnificent form will touch the hearts of several Arab people. Read more about this astounding project below at SURFACES REPORTER (SR):

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The famous and one of the oldest architecture and design firms in Qatar- Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB) - was commissioned to design this grand stadium. Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy assigned the work to the firm.

Its Shape Looks Like Gahfiya

Sure to give a once-in-a-lifetime experience to many football fans, the project also touches the hearts of many Arab families with its unique appearance, drawing inspiration from traditional woven head caps- Gahfiya. The idea was to symbolize both the traditional and modern nature of the country. 


"I remember that night, I got my hands on all types of Gahfiya to study the different patterns on each. I've always worn it as a child, however, I didn't expect to see all the different shapes and the depth of their designs. I finally drew a rough sketch that I liked and told my engineers that this will be the design we are going with,” said Jaidah.


Just like the gahfiya that helps to cover one’s head from the heat, the head cap-shaped canopy provides shade to the visitors and players from the sun. 


Perforations on The Facade

The stadium is wrapped with a perforated facade that allows cool air to enter the pitch as part of the stadium’s passive cooling technique.
al-thumama-stadium-gahfiya-head-cap-fifa-world-cup-qatar-surfaces-reporter.The design team at AEB has ensured to make it modern without stripping its traditional identity. The firm adhered to preserving the heritage and local identity while designing the project.

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Artificially Cooled  With Solar-Energy Powered Fans

The solar-energy-powered fans installed in the stadium will cool the stadium. The large pitch-side nozzles and grills in the stands will pump the cool air onto the pitch. 


The globular stadium has a concrete bowl that allows 40,000 spectators to enjoy the football match. It has been decided that the top tiers will be removed after the world cup.

al-thumama-stadium-gahfiya-head-cap-fifa-world-cup-qatar-surfaces-reporter So, the stadium will have only 20,000 seats after the removal of upper stands post the World Cup.

Project Details

Project Name: Al Thumama Stadium
Location: Doha, Qatar
Architecture Firm: Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB)
Chief Architect: Ibrahim M Jaidah
Photo Courtesy of Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

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