World Cup 2022 host cities
Qatar has proposed 7 host cities for the 2022 World Cup to FIFA. The transport options during the 2022 World Cup will deviate from the usual options of a World Cup, because all playing cities are located at a relatively small distance from each other.
The World Football Cup will be played in 2022 in the following 7 cities:
- Ash Shamal
- Al Wakrah
- Umm Salal
- Al Rayyan
Major plans have been made for the New Doha International Airport and the overall infrastructure. This airport will become the most important airport during the 2022 World Cup. Nevertheless, the fact that 10 of the 12 playing cities are within a radius of 30 km can lead to problems. If logistical and operational problems arise, almost the entire tournament will be hit immediately. It is therefore important that the infrastructure is ready well before the start of the 2022 World Cup.
Qatar has proposed 8 stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.
Play city Doha is located on the east coast of Qatar. Doha is the capital of the host country, and is named after the Arabic term 'dohat' (curves). This refers to the round bays along the coast.
The city has a very commercial center with modern buildings, government departments, ministries and an international airport.
Doha combines modern civilization with ancient traditions. There are many old buildings, towers and fortresses. In addition, the infrastructure is of high quality and there are huge office buildings in the city center.
Doha has hosted several international sporting events in recent years. In 2006 it hosted the Asia Games, after which the AFC Asia Cup was held in 2011. The city has many good sports facilities, including six World Cup training venues.
Stadiums in Doha
Stadiums in Doha:
- Al Thumama Stadium
- Ras Abu Aboud Stadium
Play city Al Wakrah is one of the largest and oldest cities in Qatar. The city has existed since 1828 and is located on the southeast coast of the host country, about 17 km from the capital Doha.
Al Wakrah has vast sandy beaches and beautiful historic sites, forts and buildings. The local museum is about the rich history of nature, art and architecture.
In the past there was a lot of fishing in the waters off Al Wakrah. There was also a lot of trading in pearls. The design of the Al Janoub Stadium is inspired by the boats used by the original inhabitants.
Al Wakrah Sports Club is one of the oldest football clubs in Qatar. The association was founded 60 years ago and has already won the national title twice.
Stadiums in Al Wakrah
Stadiums in Al Wakrah:
- Al Janoub Stadium
Play city Al Khor is located on the east coast of Qatar, 60 km from the capital. Al Khor means 'bay', as the city is located on a 3km long cove. The city is one of the oldest in Qatar and was inhabited in the 18th century by the Al Muhannadi tribe.
Like the other coastal cities of the host country, Al Khor is also known for its fishing industry and pearl trade. The history of the city can be seen in the Archaeological Museum, which showcases treasures from the underwater world.
The design of the Al Bayt Stadium is based on the bayt al sha'ar. This is the traditional tent in which the former inhabitants lived.
Stadiums in Al Khor
Stadiums in Al Khor:
- Al Bayt Stadium
16,000 trees are planted in Qatar for sustainability
While work on the stadiums in Qatar continues, there are other preparations for the first World Cup in the Middle East. A total of 16,000 trees are planted in the northern part of Qatar. This project has already started with the planting of the first 300 trees. 60 different types of trees and plants will be planted for the 2022 World Cup. A central role is played by the Sidra tree, which has been growing in the desert for generations.
A large part of dressing up the host cities is devoted to the appearance of the football stadium in the city. Stadiums are built sustainably, but are not the only thing that can be used sustainably by the local population. The landscaped green areas and parks will also continue to exist after the 2022 World Cup. In 2016, FIFA set up a company that can meet the demand for trees and plants through host cities throughout Qatar.
The work has already started with an area of 880,000 square meters next to the Doha North Sewage Treatment Works Plant, where the company is located. This space will be divided into various areas, depending on the landscape. Close by are two lakes of 18,000 square meters with sufficient capacity to supply the company for three days.
"It is a very ambitious project that we see as a legacy," said Yasser Al Mulla. “We want to cater to all areas that will be affected by the World Cup in 2022, by harvesting the grasslands around the stadiums three times a year. This means that 1.2 million square meters of grass will be produced per year. By using the water of the lakes, we ensure that the project is as sustainable as possible. "
Al Mulla explains that the project provides several construction companies with grass and trees around the football stadiums. This gives the people of Qatar the opportunity and the space to recreate. “A team will advise the construction companies on how best to deal with the trees. All trees that come from the FIFA company have a card with all kinds of info, such as the origin, name and life cycle.
The entire perimeter of the area will be planted with trees that will serve as windbreakers. The project will produce around 60 different types of trees, including the Sidra, Ficus and Acacia trees from Qatar, Asia and Europe. An area of 30,000 square meters will be set up to grow the 16,000 trees and another area will be used for the growth of 3,000 trees for the World Cup in 2022.
Before new grass or new trees are planted, 10 cm of new fertile soil is first deposited. Trees grow two to five years before they will be moved to the host cities by Qatar.
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