Qatar opens newest World Cup venue outside Doha

Qatar on Friday opened Al Thumama stadium outside Doha, marking the “fifth stadium for the 2022 World Cup” that has been completed. The 40,000-seat stadium will be used through the quarterfinals in next year’s tournament. It was designed “to resemble the 'gahfiya' cap, traditionally worn by men in the region.” Following the World Cup, the stadium will be reduced to 20,000 seats, with a “sports clinic and a boutique hotel set to open on site” (AFP, 10/22).

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