Al Thumama a blend of tradition and modernity, says Al Thawadi
21 Aug 2017 - 1:27
Al Thumama Stadium perfectly encapsulates the culture, heritage and forward-thinking nature of the Middle East, according to Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC).
Speaking to the www.sc.qa web site as the sixth proposed 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium was launched, Al Thawadi said symbolism associated with the gahfiya-inspired design is multifaceted.
“It’s a blend of our culture, our heritage and our commitment to the future,” he explained.
“The gahfiya also has a very old and traditional feel to it. As young children, before we wore the full headgear, we would just wear the gahfiya itself.
“So it has a connection to the past – especially when you’re talking about the younger lives of the older generation. There’s a very emotional tie to it.
“We’ve always been very careful to combine the past with the future, even when it comes to our designs. This is already showcased at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. The gahfiya is a continuation of that.”
Work on the stadium began in 2016, and is set to be completed by 2020. The stadium is one of the most centrally located venues out of the eight being constructed for the tournament, nestled in the busy residential Doha suburb of Al Thumama, located just 6km south of Doha’s famous Corniche.
The stadium – which will host 40,000 fans in 2022 – was designed by prominent Qatari architect Ibrahim Al Jaidah, another element of the project the Secretary General said local people could be proud of.
“From the very beginning we always believed that this World Cup would be a catalyst, and a supporter, to blossom the industry,” he continued. “Our vision during our bid was to always assist in developing local talent and local industry.
“Ibrahim Jaidah is very well known in the State of Qatar. The Ministry of Interior Qatar building is one example of that. That’s why we believed he had the talent, the passion and the commitment for this project.
“It was essential for us to promote and shine the spotlight on such talent – and considering his track record and experience, he was well placed for us to be able to work with him, and utilise his talent in one of our stadiums.”
Although the sixth to be confirmed by the SC, Al Thumama Stadium is the first to be launched digitally – through a worldwide social media activation. This is something, Al Thawadi says, that is another positive.
“It allows us to reach a larger audience,” he explained.