In Pictures: Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Bid

Qatar has shown FIFA inspectors the designs for a dozen stadiums it plans to build or upgrade for the 2022 World Cup, including one that pulsates with light and is inspired by a sea urchin and another modeled after an Arabic fort. The stadiums will cost $4 billion to complete and will include state-of-the-art cooling system that ensures temperatures on the pitch and in the stands remains below 27 degrees Celsius.

  • The Sports City stadium draws inspiration from the traditional Arabian tent. Photo: Qatar 2022The Sports City stadium draws inspiration from the traditional Arabian tent. Photo: Qatar 2022
  • The Qatar University stadium is pictured in this artist's impression. Photo: Qatar 2022The Qatar University stadium is pictured in this artist's impression. Photo: Qatar 2022
  • Chief FIFA inspector Harold Mayne-Nicholls is shown a design for one of the proposed World Cup stadiums by Technical Director Jasir Al-Jamal at the Aspire sports complex in Doha, Qatar. Photo: Qatar 2022Chief FIFA inspector Harold Mayne-Nicholls is shown a design for one of the proposed World Cup stadiums by Technical Director Jasir Al-Jamal at the Aspire sports complex in Doha, Qatar. Photo: Qatar 2022
  • Many projects, though, are being sped up to ensure they are ready in time for the tournament and are being promoted to show that the nation - which some have derided as too small to host the event - will have the necessary transit links and adequate accommodations for the hundreds of thousands of visitors. The picture shows an artist's impression of fireworks exploding over the Doha Port stadium Photo: Qatar 2022Many projects, though, are being sped up to ensure they are ready in time for the tournament and are being promoted to show that the nation - which some have derided as too small to host the event - will have the necessary transit links and adequate accommodations for the hundreds of thousands of visitors. The picture shows an artist's impression of fireworks exploding over the Doha Port stadium Photo: Qatar 2022
  • The infrastructure projects are part of £27.5 billion in upgrades the tiny Middle East nation is planning whether or not the country wins the World Cup. The architecture of the Doha Port stadium references its location by creating a shape reminiscent of a marine animal - specifically a sea urchin. Photo: Qatar 2022The infrastructure projects are part of £27.5 billion in upgrades the tiny Middle East nation is planning whether or not the country wins the World Cup. The architecture of the Doha Port stadium references its location by creating a shape reminiscent of a marine animal - specifically a sea urchin. Photo: Qatar 2022
  • The Al-Wakrah stadium complex is pictured in this artist's impression. The stadium and surrounding sports complex are designed to represent an oasis. Photo: Qatar 2022The Al-Wakrah stadium complex is pictured in this artist's impression. The stadium and surrounding sports complex are designed to represent an oasis. Photo: Qatar 2022
  • FIFA inspectors had their first look at Qatar's plans for a high-speed rail network, a 50 million passenger airport and a satellite city being built that will be home to 200,000 people and scores of hotels as it makes its pitch to host the 2022 World Cup. The Al-Shamal stadium's shape was derived from the traditional "dhow", the local fishing boats of the Arabian Gulf. Photo: Qatar 2022FIFA inspectors had their first look at Qatar's plans for a high-speed rail network, a 50 million passenger airport and a satellite city being built that will be home to 200,000 people and scores of hotels as it makes its pitch to host the 2022 World Cup. The Al-Shamal stadium's shape was derived from the traditional "dhow", the local fishing boats of the Arabian Gulf. Photo: Qatar 2022
  • The Al-Rayyan stadium has been designed to include a "media facade" that includes a membrane that acts as a screen for projections; news, commercials, sports updates and current tournament information and matches. Photo: Qatar 2022The Al-Rayyan stadium has been designed to include a "media facade" that includes a membrane that acts as a screen for projections; news, commercials, sports updates and current tournament information and matches. Photo: Qatar 2022
  • The Al-Khor stadium takes its design cues from a seashell. Photo: Qatar 2022The Al-Khor stadium takes its design cues from a seashell. Photo: Qatar 2022
  • The Al-Gharafa stadium's facade will be made up of the colours of the flags of all countries that have qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to symbolise football as well as friendship, respect and understanding. Photo: Qatar 2022The Al-Gharafa stadium's facade will be made up of the colours of the flags of all countries that have qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to symbolise football as well as friendship, respect and understanding. Photo: Qatar 2022
  • The architectural concept of the Umm Slal stadium, which is pictured in this artist's impression, takes its inspiration from a nearby fort. Photo: Qatar 2022The architectural concept of the Umm Slal stadium, which is pictured in this artist's impression, takes its inspiration from a nearby fort. Photo: Qatar 2022

Qatar has shown FIFA inspectors the designs for a dozen stadiums it plans to build or upgrade for the 2022 World Cup, including one that pulsates with light and is inspired by a sea urchin and another modeled after an Arabic fort. The stadiums will cost $4 billion to complete and will include state-of-the-art cooling system that ensures temperatures on the pitch and in the stands remains below 27 degrees Celsius.

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