Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, popularly known as the Al Rayyan Stadium, is one of eight stadiums, which have been built, renovated, or reconstructed for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Al Rayyan Stadium, with a capacity of 45,032 will host seven matches during the FIFA World Cup, with six group games and one pre-quarter match.
Here is everything you need to know about Al Rayyan Stadium, including location, map, and how to get to the stadium using the Doha Metro, Stadium Express Bus, Car, or Taxi.
- Al Rayyan Stadium Location and How To Reach
- Reaching Al Rayyan Stadium By Metro
- Reaching Al Rayyan Stadium By Stadium Express Buses
Al Rayyan Stadium Location and How To Reach
Al Rayyan Stadium is located alongside the Dukhan Highway, 20km west of central Doha and next to the Mall of Qatar (location map).
You can reach Al Rayyan Stadium either by Metro, Stadium Express Bus, car or taxi. Here are the details about each option:
Reaching Al Rayyan Stadium By Metro
The closest Doha Metro Station is Al Riffa Mall of Qatar Metro Station (Green line).
During the World Cup, Doha Metro will operate the following hours:
- Saturday to Thursday: 6 AM – 3 AM
- Friday: 9 AM – 3 AM
You can use your Hayya Card for free transport on Doha Metro.
Reaching Al Rayyan Stadium By Stadium Express Buses
Stadium Express Bus is the fastest way to get to the stadium.
This service will operate from dedicated Stadium Express Bus Hubs from central Doha and accommodation sites to Al Rayyan Stadium. After the drop-off, there will be around a 20-minute walk to the stadium.
- Buses start running 4 hours before match kick-off and stop 1.5 hours after the final whistle.
- The last bus before the match will depart the Bus Hub one hour before kick-off.
|Departure Bus Hub||Service Number||Minimum Journey Time|
|Barwa Madinatna||S961||45 minutes|
|Souq Waqif – North||S962||50 minutes|
|FIFA Fan Festival™||S963||35 minutes|
|West Bay||S964||30 minutes|
|Barwa Barahat Al Janoub||S965||40 minutes|
You can use the Hayya to Qatar 2022 app to find bus hub locations.
Stadium-to-Stadium Express Buses
For ticketholders with same-day match tickets during the tournament group stage, a free Stadium-to-Stadium Express Bus service is available.
It provides direct travel between stadiums without the need to head into central Doha for the first and third matches of the day and the second and fourth matches.
Reaching Al Rayyan Stadium By Car
Residents and locals are encouraged to drive to the stadiums to free up public transport for visitors.
- Parking space is located close to the stadium.
- These car parks will open 4 hours before kick-off and close 1.5 hours after the final whistle.
- Accessible parking options will be available.
Fans are advised to arrive early because car parks will fill up fast.
|Spectator Parking Lot||Minimum walking time to the stadium|
Reaching Al Rayyan Stadium By Taxi, Uber, Careem
- The drop-off and pick-up area is a minimum of a 15-minute walk to the stadium.
- This area will open 4 hours before match kick-off and close 1.5 hours after the final whistle.
You can use the Hayya to Qatar 2022 app to find pick-up/ drop-off locations.
See below the official videos about how to reach Al Rayyan Stadium:
Al Rayyan Stadium Seating Map
Here is a layout map of Al Rayyan Stadium for the FIFA World Cup:
Al Rayyan Stadium World Cup Matches
|21 November||Group B: USA v Wales||2200 local time|
|23 November||Group F: Belgium v Canada||2200 local time|
|25 November||Group B: Wales v Iran||1300 local time|
|27 November||Group B: Japan v Costa Rica||1300 local time|
|29 November||Group B: Wales v England||2200 local time|
|1 December||Group F: Croatia v Belgium||1800 local time|
|3 December||Round of 16: 1C v 2D||1800 local time|
- Check the prohibited items list before you come to the stadium.
About Al Rayyan Stadium
Taking inspiration from Qatari cultural symbols, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium reflects the desert and cultural beauty around it. Al Rayyan’s residents are known for their love of tradition and hospitality, which fans can enjoy.
Designed specifically for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, the stadium has 45,032 seats. To make the stadium more suitable for local community use, its capacity will be reduced by half after the tournament.
The stadium’s most striking feature is a glowing facade, comprised of patterns that characterise different aspects of the country: the importance of family, the beauty of the desert, the native lora and fauna, and local and international trade.
A fifth shape, a shield, brings together all the others, representing the strength and unity that is particularly relevant to the city of Al Rayyan.
The stadium was inaugurated on 18 December 2020 when it hosted the Amir Cup final.
Al Rayyan Stadium Legacy and Sustainability
According to the FIFA website, the modular upper tier will be removed after the tournament, with the seats being re-purposed into sporting facilities in Qatar and overseas.
Many of the materials from the deconstructed venue that once occupied this site have been used in the new complex, including some which have been re-purposed into public art installations. More than 90 per cent of the construction materials have been reused or recycled.
Trees that once surrounded the old venue have been retained for future replanting in order to minimise damage to the natural environment.
Energy and water efficiency measures have been embedded to further reduce the stadium’s carbon footprint, while the Doha Metro connection will allow for seamless travel to and from the venue. The precinct will feature 125,000m² of green space, along with native, low-water consumption plants for the community to enjoy.
The precinct will feature an array of sporting facilities, including cricket pitches, football pitches, a children’s playground, outdoor gym facilities, an aquatics centre, tennis courts, a skate park and an athletics track.
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References: Qatar 2022