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A stadium made of containers will be constructed for the 2022 World Cup

Although Qatar’s initial bid was for up to 12 stadiums, it is now scheduled to play matches at just eight venues.

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A MODULAR STADIUM made using shipping containers will be erected for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The design for the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium is being delivered by Madrid-based firm Fenwick Iribarren (FIA) together with Schlaich Bergermann Partner and Hilson Moran.

The designers say the 40,000-seater stadium will be a world-first.

“It will be the first ever demountable, transportable and reusable stadium in the world & the third stadium FIA has developed for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The stadium has a capacity of 40,000 and its structure is based on shipping containers which can be easily assembled or disassembled as required.

Following the World Cup, the stadium can be dismantled by section or in parts and be transported to other host cities for the next World Cup, helping make it more sustainable and financially viable for other countries.

PastedImage-18143 Source: Fenwick Iribarren

“This venue offers the perfect legacy, capable of being reassembled in a new location in its entirety or built into numerous small sports or cultural venues,” said Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary-general of Qatar’s World Cup organising committee.

Qatar has now revealed the designs for all venues expected to be used in 2022 except the Lusail Stadium, which will host the opening game and World Cup final.

Although Qatar’s initial bid was for up to 12 stadiums, it is now scheduled to play matches at just eight venues.


Since controversially being chosen by FIFA to host the tournament in 2022, Qatar has found itself at the centre of a global storm.

It has been criticised over human rights and labour abuses and blighted by allegations of corruption.

Qatar’s government says it is spending €450 million a week to prepare for the tournament. Finance minister Ali Shareef al-Emadi told local media earlier this month that 65% of all World Cup projects have been completed.

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