The striking stadium in Doha will be completely recycled after the 2022 World Cup after 40,000 football fans
Image: Daily Mirror / Andy Stenning)
It is the greenest soil on the planet.
The Ras Abu Aboud Stadium in Doha consists of 974 old shipping containers.
After the World Cup, every single piece of floor will be recycled. It is truly an engineering masterpiece.
Locals simply call it the Container Stadium and it will hold 40,000 fans in the Qatari capital.
The 2022 World Cup may be embroiled in controversy due to the choice of hosts, but it promises to be like no other tournament before.
All the venues are close, with the furthest distance between the two being just under 40 miles.
In Lusail, eleven kilometers north of Doha, we come across what is probably the largest construction site in the world.
A new city the size of Newcastle or Leeds is emerging around the stadium, where the final will take place in front of 86,000 fans.
The Qataris promise that it will be finished on time.
The Mirror visited both venues, with the Qataris donating the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium to various developing countries.
Project manager Mohammed Al Atwan said: “It can be completely dismantled and transported to be rebuilt in another country; or you could build two venues with 20,000 seats. “
After taking the metro to Lusail we come across the venue called The Bathtub or Noah’s Ark.
The work around him is unbelievable, because 400,000 people are said to live in the surrounding city.
When we return to Doha, we meet expat Andy Fenton, who tells us: “I was in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. The poor people there paid for the tournament through tax increases.
“Here the poor people have seen their lives improve financially. A minimum wage has been introduced and the lives of the poorer people have improved.
“But they still won’t be able to afford the tickets for the games.”