The World Cup has never been held in a Middle Eastern nation, but Qatar wants to change that — and to do so, they've retained a German architecture firm to design five stunning stadiums that'll sweeten their host-nation bid.

Of the five stadiums that German firm Albert Speer & Partner designed for Qatar's bid for the 2022 World Cup, three are completely new construction, while two are refits of existing structures — and all of them will be cooled using solar power.

(Via Designboom)

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Al Khor stadium

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Al Khor stadium

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Al Khor stadium, cross-section view.

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Al Wakrah stadium

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Al Wakrah stadium, as part of a planned sports complex.

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Al Wakrah stadium, from within the sports complex.

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Al Rayyan stadium, with a "media facade" that will project news, scores, and current matches.

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Al Rayyan stadium

Sweeping stadium designs for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in QatarS

Al Shamal stadium

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Al Shamal stadium

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Al Gharafa stadium

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Al Gharafa stadium

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Al Gharafa stadium, cross-section view.