A look at Qatar's $45 billion 2022 World Cup city
A new metropolis planned like a 5-star hotel
Lusail City will be the new Qatari city that will serve as a focal point for the 2022 World Cup competition. Developed by the Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company, the city will measure 28 square miles on the desert coast along the Persian Gulf – approximately 9 miles from Doha – and incorporate four islands.
The sparkling new metropolis will be able to accommodate a total of 450,000 people when it is fully constructed, catering to tourists with various leisure facilities and over 20 different hotel. Other attractions will include two marinas, a hospital, a colossal mall and a 241-acre 'Entertainment City' that will feature a zoo and amusement park.
The Marina Mall
According to its designers, the new waterfront destination is "inspired by the erosive forms created when land and water meet". A body of water will run throughout the center of the space guiding the visitors through the mall, leading them to the marina. Internal waterfalls will also visually connect the different levels. The three-story mall will include cinemas, spa facilities and restaurants with terraced dining overlooking the marina waters.
Additionally, smaller pods will be embedded in the landscape around the mall, which will house additional retail space, exhibition spaces and entertainment areas.
When it comes to transporation, tourists will be able to reach the new city by yacht or boat as its innovatic public transport network will feature a light-rail network, a water-taxi system and a network of underground tunnels for pedestrians.
Catering to all the needs of tourists, visitors and families, Qatar's Entertainment City will feature a range of premier entertainment and leisure venues, including a Six Flags amusement park, a 4D Theatre, a Rainforest, 5-star hotels, 180,000 square metres of retail and 4,500 residential units.
Lusail Iconic Stadium
The city's 86,000-seat stadium is intended to serve as the focus of the 2022 World Cup, with construction set to commence in 2015. The gigantic stadium is expected to host the World Cup opening ceremony and final, and will be environmentally friendly with features such as a solar-powered cooling system, protecting players and spectators from the Doha heat.
Construction of the grand Lusail City is currently underway and it is expected to be completed by 2019.