Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakra was the first design to be revealed in November 2013, and opened 16 May 2019 for the Amir’s Cup final.

Designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid, the stadium is inspired by traditional dhow boats and Al Wakra’s history of seafaring. Inside, bowed beams hold up the roof, reminiscent of a ship’s hull, which allows light to flood in. A detailed micro-climate analysis was undertaken to check the heat levels inside; from this study, aerodynamics were used to determine the best shape for the arena, with the roof having additional shading using a minimal amount of glass. Alongside an innovative cooling system, these features make significant contributions to temperature control.

In November 2018, the stadium received a Class A* sustainability rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System, in recognition of the project’s extensive efforts to protect the environment. The impact of fans travelling to Al Janoub Stadium for matches has also been considered, with major upgrades to the road networks, reducing journey times and emissions, and the nearby Doha Metro station.

The 40,000‑seater venue will host matches up to the quarter-finals. After the competition it will become the home of Al Wakra Sports Club with 20,000 seats; the remaining 20,000 will be donated to football development projects overseas. Part of the stadium’s legacy includes green spaces being developed around the complex, which fans will see as they approach the stadium. The impressive parkland has more than 800 new trees and low-water-consumption vegetation, with areas for horse riding, running tracks and cycle lanes.