2022 World Cup: Latest Images Of Stadiums Springing Up Across The Qatari Deserts

The 86,000-seat Lusail Iconic Stadium exists within a city that doesn't really exist yet. Wrap your head around that one.

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is, on the whole, unfathomable. The mind boggles at an expenditure of $200 billion, while a current reported death toll of over 1,400 migrants is like combining the casualties of the Falklands War and 2011 Egyptian revolution. All this to kick that ball around.

It feels almost shameful, like a morbid fascination, to look at the byproduct of it, but in the Qatari sands these pharaonic stadiums are rising. In fact, an entire city — Lusail and its showpiece 86,000-seat venue — is being built from scratch, a sort of Lovecraftian horror where the Lusail Iconic Stadium lies, a visceral nightmare corpse-city with sprinklers feeding a small patch of grass that gives way to arid wilds that fade into reddish yellow perpetuity.

Here are the latest images of the eight venues. Two of them (Al Janoub Stadium and Khalifa International Stadium) have been completed. 

Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadium Progress: Latest Photos

These images have been captured from the Road to 2022 YouTube account.

Lusail Iconic Stadium

Capacity: 86,250 

Location: Lusail

Lusail Iconic Stadium

Lusail Iconic Stadium

Lusail Iconic Stadium   

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Al Bayt Stadium

Capacity: 60,000

Location: Al Khor

Al Bayt Stadium

Al Bayt Stadium

Al Bayt Stadium

Finished Rendering:

Al Rayyan Stadium

Capacity: 44,750

Location: Al Rayyan

Al Rayyan Stadium

Al Rayyan Stadium

Al Rayyan Stadium

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Al Janoub Stadium (Finished)

Capacity: 40,000 

Location: Al Wakrah

Education City Stadium

Capacity: 45,350 

Location: Doha

Education City Stadium

Education City Stadium

Education City Stadium

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Khalifa International Stadium (Finished)

Capacity: 40,000 

Location: Doha

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium

Capacity: 40,000 

Location: Doha

Res Abu Aboud Stadium

Res Abu Aboud Stadium

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Al Thumama Stadium

Capacity: 40,000 

Location: Doha 

Al Thumama Stadium

Al Thumama Stadium

Al Thumama Stadium

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