Qatar Stadium completed in 2022. "Diamond in the Desert"

Qatar Stadium completed in 2022. “Diamond in the Desert”

Named “Diamond in the Desert”, the 40,000-seat field is one of eight stadiums to be used in the competition.

The stadium has a triangular design with intricate diamond-like patterns and as the sun moves across the sky the façade will look like it is changing color.

“What makes this very unique, which is also an important part of our legacy, is its location in the heart of the Education City,” said Nasser Al Khater, executive director of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organizing committee.

“The city of education has a lot of leading institutions, leading universities, schools and this will be a stadium that can be used as recreational and sports facilities after the World Cup.”

The stadium is the first from Qatar in 2022 to receive five stars from the Global Sustainability Assessment System.

“All our other stadiums have four stars. So this makes it unique,” said Al Khater, who is proud that much of the material used to build the stadium is imported regionally, while 25% of the material is recycled.

The two previously completed stadiums are Khalifa International Stadium and Al Al Jaoub.

Organizers expect two more stadiums to open by the end of 2020: Al Rayyan Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium.

2010 Qatar World Cup Award it drew a lot of controversy.

Critics also allege human rights violations against workers in the Gulf state.

But organizers are adamant that the state is misrepresenting itself internationally

“Was Qatar treated unfairly? Yes, in my opinion, that’s right,” Al Khater told CNN Sport in late 2019. “I believe Qatar ruled the court of perception very early on.”

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