7HQ8+JG2, Doha, Qatar
Ras Abu Aboud is one of the most unique world cup stadiums for Qatar 2022 in terms of its contruction. Located at the area of Ras Abu Aboud, nearby the port, the venue has the capacity of 40,000 people, which will be completely redesigned for other purpose considering its practical use. Despite being one of the few last venues to finish, its idea of location and construction is quite a breakthrough in the world cup history.
Ras Abu Aboud stadium began its construction in 2018 and completed before FIFA Arab Cup. In this tournament, the venue has been chosen as one of the hosting cities for this trial championship in December 2021 before the main event next year. Its design by Fenwick Iribarren Architects might not be as fancy as Khalifa, Al Bayt or Al Rayyan but using recyclable materials from the port is incomparable as it and could inspire the others to do the same. It uses modular building blocks including 974 shipping containers, which enables the venue to be completely dismantled and repurposed for other projects on the same site, either for sport or non sport events. Such design and location by the sea could offer the natural breeze for the spectators and the players without any cooling system. This considerably reduces the costs of energy and maintenance. No wonder that Ras Abu Aboud stadium has been rated four star by Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) for its construction design and quality. The additional facilities available here would be spacious parking site, connection to the local public transport system and green open space at the surroundings for the local residents.
Prior to World Cup finals in December 2022 later, in which Ras Abu Aboud stadium will have a chance to hold six matches, five at the group stage plus one fixture in the round of 16, it has been selected for contesting several games in the upcoming FIFA Arab Cup 2021 later in December. There are six fixtures to be staged in this venue, four games at the preliminary round, plus one game at the semi final and another one at the third place play off.
To get to this stadium from Hamad International Airport, the easiest one is still by taxi which cost $ 12 and only takes 11 minutes. Yet, if one fancies taking the bus service, unfortunately, there is no direct route since one has to take a taxi to Airport terminal B for the same price and length of trip before transferring to bus line 777 to Doha, then another taxi to the stadium. In total, this surely costs more, about $ 20 in total. Nevertheless, there is always Doha Metro which can be the main option to reach the venue. One can take Metro’s gold line which stops in West Bay (which is the location of it) and Doha Corniche.