Qatar has inaugurated with great pomp the first of the air-conditioned stadiums, built for the World Cup-2022.
The Al-Wakrah stadium, located fifteen kilometers south of the capital Doha and which cost $ 575 million, hosted the final of the Cup of Emir between Al-Duhail Al-Sadd ( 4-1) in front of nearly 40,000 spectators.
The retractable roof enclosure with its futuristic architecture, inspired by the sails of traditional fishing boats, was plunged into darkness for the show organized before kick-off. Artists performed a choreography around a giant inflatable pearl placed in the center of the stadium.
It is one of eight stadiums built or redeveloped in Qatar for the World Cup-2022. In addition to World Cup games, Al-Wakrah Stadium will host the 2019 World Championships in Athletics (September 28-October 6).