Football (or soccer as Americans call it) is hands down the most popular sport in the Middle East and the world. Accordingly, countries in the region go all-out when it comes to their football stadiums. Whether you’re planning to attend a match yourself or you’re just curious, here are some of the Middle East’s massive football stadiums.
King Fahd International Stadium
The King Fahd International Stadium or “The Pearl” is the largest football stadium in Saudi Arabia and it’s one of the largest covered stadiums in the world.
It has roughly 68,000 seats and a massive tent ceiling protecting its occupants from the elements.
King Abdullah Sports City
King Abdullah Sports City aka The Shining Jewel aka The Jewel, is one of the Middle East’s massive football stadiums and it’s the second largest in Saudi Arabia.
Located north of Jeddah, this stadium can hold approximately 60,000 spectators. And while this isn’t the largest stadium in Saudi Arabia, it’s arguably the most extravagant with an intricate and eye-catching design.
Lusail Iconic Stadium
As its name suggests, this stadium (still under construction) located in Lusail, Qatar, is iconic and it’s one of the Middle East’s massive football stadiums.
It can hold a whopping 80,000 spectators and it’s the stadium where the final match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held.
Khalifa International Stadium
Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, is another of Qatar’s largest stadiums and one of the Middle East’s massive football stadiums.
It houses approximately 45,000 seats, and while this multi-purpose stadium can house track and field events, it’s primarily used for football and will be used for 2022 FIFA World Cup matches.
Zayed Sports City Stadium
Up next on this list of the Middle East’s massive football stadiums is the Zayed Sports City stadium in the UAE.
It houses approximately 45,000 seats and it is the largest football stadium in the country.
Borg El-Arab Stadium
Finally, we have the Borg El-Arab Stadium in Egypt. It’s not just the largest stadium in Egypt, it’s also one of the largest stadiums in Africa and the world with a max capacity of roughly 86,000.
It’s a stadium designed for the grandest of the grandest football matches between teams from around the world.