The Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, has been praised by the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD) for its design that aims to celebrate the heritage and culture of the region.

The under-construction venue, which will be one of several stadiums used at the 2022 Fifa World Cup in the country, scored maximum points in the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS).

The stadium will feature a tent-like design, which has been developed to emulate a traditional Qatari tent and, as a result, the GSAS commended the design for its consideration of local culture heritage.

Yousef Al Horr, founding chairman of GORD said: “The stadium shows a creative union of traditional style with modern concepts, giving a flavour of both Qatar’s past and future. The theme of the Arabian tent is a true reflection of Qatari culture, both aesthetically and symbolically.”

Bodour Al-Meer, sustainability and environmental manager at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) for Qatar 2022, added: “The unique design of Al Bayt Stadium shows how we’re using inspiration from the past to deliver a green future.

“The very concept of this distinctive design is centred on sustainability and low energy usage as the tent-like design will minimise the amount of energy required to keep football fans and players cool.”

When finished, the Al Bayt Stadium will have a maximum capacity of 60,000.