New 'curvy' stadium accused of resembling a vagina sets tongues wagging about Qatar World Cup
Saoud bin Abdulrahman Stadium or 'Al Wakrah', inspired by the traditional dhow (Arabian fishing boat) is a shiny new football stadium for Qatar's 2022 World Cup. Equipped with a cooling system, the stadium is at the centre of a design stink, accused of resembling a vagina! (Image of Construction Week online)
The design of one of the nine new stadiums being built in Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup has reportedly been likened to a vagina after the plans were unveiled.
The architects said that the design of the Al Wakrah stadium was inspired by the flowing shape of a dhow, a traditional sailing vessel used by pearl divers and fishermen in the region for centuries.
However, Metro.co.uk reports that blogs likened the 40,000 capacity stadium to a vagina, and a blog writer applauded the design, unintentional or not, saying that the 'bigwigs' behind the design should embrace this so-called faux pas and rebrand it as a deliberate nod towards the increasingly liberal Qatari policies concerning women in sport.
The writer further said that in a world where sport and vaginas very rarely come together with such prominence, and quipped that 45,000 people crammed inside a woman's reproductive system is not a big deal as they have been there before.
The 2022 World Cup has been beset with controversy since being awarded to ultra-conservative Qatar in 2010, the report added.
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