First look – Al Wakrah Stadium – Video, Pics, and Goals

Alright everyone, a lot of people have been talking about the World Cup 2022 happening in Qatar and one of the most exciting things is the development happening around the country. One of the stadiums that a lot of people have been interested in is Al Wakrah Stadium. Especially since it was one of the final stadiums to be unveiled. Mystery is exciting right?

So I now present to you Al Wakrah Stadium! A 40,000 seater and cooled stadium located 15km south of Doha in Wakrah. (Interesting fact, that’s were fishermen and pearl divers based themselves).

Al Wakrah Stadium 2022

Al Wakrah Stadium 2022

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Also, the Qatar 2022 team shared some stuff with me. They wanted to let everyone know what their goals are (heh heh pun intended). Remember these goals everyone. They’ll have to stick by them!

1- Drive and deliver an outstanding Fifa World Cup Programme. (Yes! I want people to admire Qatar!)
2- Build high quality talent and establish a centre of excellence (Nice, who’s going to be the Qatari Pele?)
3- Deliver an exceptional national and international experience (Not entirely sure what they mean here)
4- Support economic diversification and business environment development (That’s a pretty big mouthful, but it’s related to getting the private sector involved).
5- Promote football and healthy lifestyles (nice, my recommendation is to have more places for people to play football. Like literally, I should be able to call up my friends and say, let’s go play, and then find a field to play in. Right now, I couldn’t even play at Aspire park if I wanted to.)
6- Improve environmental sustainability (They’re committed to LEED, GSAS, and reducing the Qatar carbon footprint. I’d like to know a bit more on the how. The fact that it’s a priority is fantastic though.)

The stadium is also going to be harnessing solar energy to help power as much as possible.

Some other fun facts in numbers.

24-28 is the range of temperature that the stadiums will be at
50 is the maximum number of km between stadiums.
1981 is when Qatar reached the final of the Fifa World Youth Championships for the first time (defeating Brazil and England).
170,000 the number of seats that Qatar will donate to countries in need of sporting infrastructure following the world cup.
50 million the expected per annum capacity of the new Hamad International Airport by 2022

Anyway, I’m excited for what’s to come. I can’t wait for even more projects to be completed. On the way to making the world proud? Hope so!

Big Fire in Villaggio

iLoveQatar received tweets, posts, and facebook messages about a fire in Villaggio. Follow @qatarnews and @dohanews on twitter. You can also visit the LIVE thread here: Breaking: Fire in Villaggio

 

Update: Video added by Muhammed Moslih

So we’re on the 3rd day of the Asian Cup

Well we’re on the 3rd day of the Asian Cup and a lot has been going on! I thought that I’d put some stuff together!

Now the first day was all about the Fan Zone! First of all, let me warn you that I’m sure that parking is going to be a problem. Entrance is 15QR and you get to enjoy all the different fun and games inside. The first day we went though, it was free (nice surprise). That meant that the Jay Sean and Karl Wolf concert was absolutely free!

Click here for Pictures of the Fan Zone

A lot of people also turned out for the free concert. However it wasn’t all fun and games. There was hardly any crowd control as people were pushing and shoving (mosh pit) and the security were useless! (I’ll post a video later on showing how they just stood there).

Here’s a video of Jay Sean and Karl Wolf live in concert and singing Qatar’s Yalla Asian song.

Oh and our favourite Qatari comedian Mohd Kamal was the host!

Asian Cup Opening Ceremony Video!

Here’s a video by Daisy of the Opening Ceremony of the Asian Cup 2011!

Oh and if you want to view some pics, click here!

Pictures and Videos from National Day 2010

This was already on the front page of iLoveQatar.net but I just wanted to share this awesome video of fireworks going over the skyline. This is probably the BEST video I’ve seen on ND.

More pictures here http://iloveqatar.net/forum/read.php?5,26010

Even MORE pictures on the ILQ Flickr group http://www.flickr.com/groups/926592@N20/

The Red Carpet Photos

I’m one of those guys that always wants things to be better. The Red Carpet event was quite a success but I had envisioned something a bit more grander. Maybe it’s just me :P

Either way, thanks to all of those ILQers (and of course everyone else) who attended. If you’d like to check out some pictures, click on the link below.

The Red Carpet, Qatar – Photos

Qatar Visitor Photo Competition

Qatar Visitor is doing a competition that I thought was quite nice. It encourages people to whip out the camera and share what they see through their eyes. Why not go and enter it and besides the prizes, you’ll get your work published in the Gulf Times :)

Head on over to http://www.qatarcomp.com

Freedom of Expression

    Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which the Qatari Government is a signatory of states: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any medias and regardless of any frontiers.

    The Emiri Decision Number 86 of the year 2007 on the establishment of the Doha Free Information Centre marked yet another step towards establishing a State of rights and freedom of speech. The decision stipulated that the Centre be a non-profit organization, headquartered in Doha City, and have the authority to establish other affiliated centres inside and outside Qatar. It is worth mentioning that His Highness the Emir issued a decision in 1998 annulling the ministry of information, giving birth to a new era of freedom of speech where censorship was removed from local media.