An incredible view of Stadium City Qatar from Landsat 9

Doha, Qatar, captured by the Operational Land Imager-2 (OLI-2) instrument on Landsat 9 on November 13, 2022. (Click on the image for a larger view.)

Several new stadiums were built in and around Doha before the World Cup.

Thirty-two teams and more than 1 million soccer fans are headed to Qatar in November 2022 for the World Cup. The destination is Doha, the rapidly developing capital of Qatar, located on the Persian Gulf coast in the east of the country.

This natural-color image of Doha, Qatar, was taken on November 13, 2022 by the Operational Land Imager-2 (OLI-2) on Landsat 9. The city with a population of 2.3 million people is located on the eastern shore of a small peninsula in the Persian Gulf. Development radiates outward from Doha the historic center of the city along a series of ring roads. Development includes large amounts of artificial land built to accommodate airports and ports, as well as entirely man-made islands that have become centers of residential and commercial activity, such as the pearl-shaped Pearl-Qatar.

The stadiums are among the most visible facilities built since 2010, when Qatar was named as the host city for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. There are eight official stadiums, seven of which have been built since 2010. All of them are located within a radius of 33 miles (54 kilometers) from Doha, which makes 22 world championship the most geographically compact event since the first tournament organized by FIFA in 1930. The venues of the past world championships were scattered in several cities, which were usually located at a distance of hundreds to thousands of kilometers from each other.

Qatar City Stadium with annotations

Doha, Qatar, imaged by the Operational Land Imager-2 (OLI-2) on Landsat 9 on November 13, 2022.

The sites are distinguished by many distinctive designs. Lusail Stadium is the largest and will hold 80,000 spectators. It features a golden exterior that looks like traditional handmade bowls from the Arab and Islamic world.

Located in a part of town known for pearling and fishing, the exterior Al Janub Stadium, looks like the bottom of a boat. Located near the airport, roundabout Al Thumama Stadiumwas built to resemble a gaffeis a traditional woven hat worn by men and boys in the Middle East.

When the tournament is over, only Khalifa International Stadium will be used as the home of the football (soccer) team. The rest will be repurposed for hotels, public spaces or smaller sports facilities. One place isStadium 974— is made of 974 portable transport containers and will be completely dismantled after the end of the World Cup. An incredible view of Stadium City Qatar from Landsat 9

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