Al Thumama Stadium
The Al Thumama Stadium is one of eight stadiums, which have been built for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022. It is located near Hamad International Airport. A joint venture between Al Jaber Engineering of Qatar and Tekfen Construction of Turkey is significantly involved in the construction work. The architectural design, by the Chief Architect of Arab Engineering Bureau Ibrahim Jaidah, takes its inspiration from the traditional taqiyah hat, a traditional cap which is worn by men and boys across the Middle East. A 50,000 m2 (540,000 sq ft) public park will surround the stadium. The stadium has a capacity of 40,000 seats. Following the World Cup, half of the stadium's seats will be removed and will be donated to other countries. It opened on 22 October 2021.
The construction of Al Thumama Stadium has, along with other stadiums built in anticipation of the FIFA World Cup 2022, been condemned by multiple human rights organizations including Amnesty International. In October 2019, Qatari government announced reforms that established a nondiscriminatory minimum wage for all migrant workers in the country and allow them to change or leave their jobs without employer consent. However, other elements of the system that can leave employers with some control over their workers appear slated to remain. FIFA as the governing body of the World cup 2022 took in charge of the workers’ rights matter of the hosting nation and after asked to comment on the same, the organization wrote “FIFA and its trusted partner, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, have a zero-tolerance policy to any form of discrimination and to wage abuse. Through our work to protect the rights of FIFA World Cup workers in Qatar, FIFA and the Supreme Committee are aware of the importance of wage protection measures in the country and this is why we have put in place robust systems to prevent and mitigate wage abuse on FIFA World Cup sites, as well as mechanisms for workers to raise potential grievances and practices to provide for remediation where companies fail to live up to our standards”.