Qatar

  • Qatar's Al Wakrah Stadium has officially been inaugurated and hosted its first soccer game. Designed by the late Zaha Hadid, with longtime collaborator Patrik Schumacher, its sculpted form is inspired by a type of local boat and it's meant to keep spectators and players cool even in the summer heat.
  • Two years after unveiling one major museum in the Arabian peninsula​, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Ateliers Jean Nouvel has now completed the National Museum of Qatar, an impressive building defined by hundreds of interlocking vertical and horizontal concrete disks that provide protection from the sun.
  • Despite the death of its founder, Zaha Hadid Architects is set to stay in business for a while longer yet –​ as confirmed by the announcement of a new skyscraper for Qatar's first sustainable city, Lusail. The as-yet unnamed tower is due for completion in 2020.​
  • Earlier this month, Emirates commenced flights on what is currently the longest non-stop commercial route in the world between Dubai and Auckland, New Zealand. That claim looks set to last only until December, though, when Qatar Airways will start flying between Auckland and Qatar's capital Doha.
  • The Middle East has seen a lot of automotive commotion of late, most of it from the United Arab Emirates. A new potential player has now emerged from neighboring Qatar, launching a radical sports car concept that looks like a four-wheeled Stealth Bomber.
  • With the Al Wakrah and Al Bayt stadium designs already announced, a third design has now been unveiled for use at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The existing Khalifa International Stadium will be renovated to bring it up to current FIFA standards, and also have air cooling features fitted.