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Qatar opens first-ever tent-like stadium ahead of 2022 FIFA World Cup

Doha, Nov 30 (UNI/Sputnik) The 60,000-capcity Al Bayt stadium, which will host the opening match and the semifinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, opened on Tuesday in the Qatari city of Al Khor, a Sputnik corresponded reported.
The giant tent-like arena became the second to last stadium completed in Qatar ahead of the World Cup. The official opening ceremony took place before the first group match of the debut FIFA Arab Cup between Qatar and Bahrain. The match was attended by Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
The stadium was designed to look like tents historically used by nomadic peoples in Qatar and the Gulf region, the so-called bayt al sha'ar. It is the first arena in the world to have its exterior covered with a non-traditional building materials but will boast a uniquely developed fluorocarbon solid. The structure was built using ecological materials and using the latest eco-friendly technologies, including solar power and water recycling.
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