Qatar is harnessing its national passion for sport to break down barriers, increase understanding and drive positive change.
A global sporting capital, Qatar has a long track record of hosting major international sporting events including the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
The country also offers unparalleled professional training facilities, sporting infrastructure, and celebrates a vibrant local culture where sport is deeply ingrained.
National Sports Day
Qatar is one of the first countries in the world to celebrate a National Sport Day – a public holiday which embeds sporting values into Qatar’s culture and inspires the population to participate in sports. Held on the second Tuesday of every February, the nation comes together to participate in a day which promotes healthy values that transcend culture and language.
Qatar’s Sporting Heritage and Community
Sport is an integral part of Qatar’s culture and Qatari athletes have competed at the highest levels of international sport, including the Olympics. In the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Tala Abu-Jubara became the first Qatari rower to qualify for the Olympics, and five-time GCC champion Bashayer Almanwari represented Qatar in the 100m.
Also in Tokyo 2020, Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim won gold in the men’s high jump, where he famously shared victory with Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi. Fares El-Bakh became Qatar’s first Olympic gold medallist when he won the Men’s 96kg weightlifting. Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan also secured a bronze medal for Qatar in the men’s beach volleyball, further contributing to Qatar’s sporting success at the event.
Beyond hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, Qatar has hosted hundreds of global sporting events such as the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships, the 1988 and 2011 AFC Champions League and the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup.
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™
From 20 November to 18 December 2022, the State of Qatar welcomed more than 1.4 million fans from all over the world as part of its successful hosting of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
This sporting event, held for the first time in an Arab and Islamic country, has witnessed the State of Qatar’s successful achievement by bringing together people in celebration of their common passion for sports.
The stadiums for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 were designed by some of the world’s leading architects, and are some of the most ambitious, visually exciting venues in the world. Each venue was designed to reflect Qatari and Arab culture while prioritising accessibility, comfort, sustainability, and post-tournament legacy use.
While Qatar’s hosting of the tournament will stand as an international achievement, it is only one step on the journey of the country’s sporting accomplishments. Qatar will continue to capitalise on the momentum of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ to further inspire younger generations to become more involved in sports.
FIFA World Cup 2022™ stadiums
The eight FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ stadiums saw 3.4 million fans attend 48 matches during the first 13 days of the tournament. The number of fans who attended the group stage amounted to 2.4 million, equivalent to 94% of overall stadium capacity, while the knockout stage was attended by approximately 1.4 million fans (or equivalent to 96% of the stadiums’ capacity). Thanks to the modular design of stadiums, their geographic proximity, and smart transportation solutions, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ served as the first compact World Cup in the modern era, allowing fans to watch multiple matches in one day.
Al Bayt Stadium
Located 35km north of Doha in the city of Al Khor, Al Bayt Stadium has a capacity of 60,000 and was host to the opening match. The design is inspired by traditional tents inhabited by Bedouin who lived in Qatar’s deserts.
Al Janoub Stadium
Al Janoub Stadium is located in the southern city of Al Wakrah. The design accounts for a capacity of 40,000 and was inspired by the sails of the traditional boats used by the people of Qatar in the past.
Khalifa International Stadium
Built in 1976, Khalifa International Stadium was the centre of all the FIFA World Cup 2022™ venues. The stadium is a historical and iconic landmark in Qatar, having hosted many of Qatar’s past events.
Located across the water from Doha’s West Bay skyline, Stadium 974 was constructed using shipping containers and is the first fully demountable FIFA World Cup™ venue.
Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in the city of Al Rayyan was designed with sustainability in mind: half of the stadium’s 40,000 modular seats will be repurposed following the FIFA World Cup 2022™.
Al Thumama Stadium
12 kilometres outside of Doha sits Al Thumama Stadium. Inspired by the gahfiya – a traditional hat worn in the Arab world by men and boys – the venue celebrates the region’s rich history and culture.
Education City Stadium
Located at the heart of the vibrant Education City, the 40,000-seat Stadium hosted FIFA World Cup 2022™ matches up until the quarter-finals.
At the heart of Lusail sits the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium, which hosted the final of the FIFA World Cup 2022™. The design is inspired by the interplay of light and shadow that characterises the traditional Arab lantern.
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