Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, Education City Stadium was launched digitally, in compliance with the protective measures in place in Qatar. The stadium's successful completion was dedicated to frontline workers who have worked tirelessly during the ongoing virus outbreak.
Nicknamed the 'Diamond in the Desert', the 40,000-capacity venue, located within Qatar Foundation's Education City, is the first FIFA World Cup stadium to achieve a five-star sustainability rating under the Global Sustainability Assessment System.
"We must not forget: health comes first. In some parts of the world, it is already possible to look ahead to better times. In others, we still have to be extremely careful, stay strong and united. In the meantime, the new stadium in Education City reminds us that football will return, and with more passion than ever."
H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the SC, said: "The completion of Education City Stadium is yet another milestone as we inch ever closer to the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world.
"Launching the stadium now - while the world is overcoming the coronavirus pandemic - shows everyone that there is light at the end of the tunnel and brighter days ahead. We are proud to pay tribute to the frontline workers who remain at the forefront in the battle against COVID-19 and look forward to bringing the world together - at this stadium and others - using the unifying power of football in 2022."
Education City Stadium was delivered following the successful redevelopment of Khalifa International Stadium in 2017 and the inauguration of Al Janoub Stadium last year. By the end of 2020, Qatar plans to finish works on two more FIFA World Cup stadiums - the 40,000-capacity Al Rayyan Stadium and the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium.