Qatar’s 2022 World Cup ‘Diamond in the Desert’ stadium completed

Qatar's 2022 World Cup 'Diamond in the Desert' stadium completed
Niki J. Layton
Written by Niki J. Layton

The 40,000-seat stadium, dubbed “Diamond in the Desert,” is one of eight stadiums used in the competition.

The stadium has a triangular design with intricate, diamond-like designs, and as the sun moves across the sky, the facade changes color.

“It’s very special. It’s an important part of our heritage. It’s located in the heart of the city of education,” said Nasser Al Qatar, chief executive of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Organizing Committee.

“The City of Education has many leading institutions, leading universities and schools and it will be a stadium that can be used as a recreational and sports facility after the World Cup.”

The stadium is the first since Qatar 2022 to receive a five star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System.

“All of our stadiums have four stars, so this is a specialty,” said Al-Khater, who is proud that most of the materials used to build the stadium are imported regionally and 25% of the materials are recycled.

The two previous stadia are the Khalifa International Stadium and the Al Janoub Stadium.

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

2010 World Cup award for Qatar Has led to much controversy.

Critics have accused the human rights violation of workers in the Gulf state.

But organizers have been adamant that they are misrepresenting the country internationally

“Is Qatar behaving unfairly? Yes, in my opinion, too much,” Al-Qatar told CNN Sport in late 2019. “I believe Qatar has been judged too early.”

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About the author

Niki J. Layton

Niki J. Layton

Niki J. Layton is a journalist who writes on politics, environment and human rights in South Asia.

For 15 years, she has written for several publications and websites including TIME, Harper's, Al Jazeera, The Caravan, The Hindu,, Outlook, The Wire, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Economic Times, Tehelka, and news channel CNN-IBN. She is an India correspondent for The Straits Times, Singapore.

Some of the awards she has received are the Red Cross Award for reporting on conflict, Mumbai press award for environmental reporting, and ILO award for writing on labour. Niki has a Masters in political journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York

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