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Qatar unveils second venue

Qatar has revealed designs for a new 60,000-seater stadium, the second of its World Cup 2022 venues to be announced.

The Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor City follows the Al Wakrah stadium near Doha in being confirmed as one of 10 new venues being built for the tournament in eight years' time.

Preliminary work on Al Bayt, a proposed semi-final venue, has already started and construction is due to be completed in 2018.

The new arena has a modular design, which includes an upper tier of removable seats. That tier will be dismantled after the tournament, reducing capacity to 32,000, with seats reconfigured and donated to other countries to leave a "legacy for international football development".

Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said: "The launch of Al Bayt Stadium & Precinct, the second proposed stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, is another milestone of progress.

"By the end of 2014 we will have five stadiums under construction, demonstrating our deep commitment to delivering an amazing experience in 2022 and beyond."

FIFA imposes a minimum requirement of eight stadiums for World Cup host countries, with at least one 80,000-seater to host the final.

World football's governing body awarded Qatar the World Cup in December 2010 but the decision remains steeped in controversy.

Qatar 2022 officials have been forced to deny allegations of corruption in the bidding process, while questions persist regarding the treatment of migrant construction workers and the effects of extreme summer temperatures.

The state's Supreme Committee confirmed in February that construction of stadiums would be carried out to new workers' welfare standards and said the Al Bayt stadium would use green building materials, as well as generating renewable energy.