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Khalifa International Stadium in Doha

The 40,000-seat venue, first built in 1976, has undergone a £70m renovation and represents a win for an organising committee beset by controversy

The first of at least eight venues for Qatar’s controversial 2022 World Cup is set to hold its first match, the final of the country’s most prestigious domestic tournament.

Khalifa International Stadium, complete with state of the art cooling technology that was key to the Arab nation’s successful bid, will host Friday’s 2017 Emir Cup final between Al Sadd and Al Rayyan.

First built in 1976, the 40,000-seat venue has undergone a renovation estimated at£70million and represents a win for an organising committee beset by controversy.

During the World Cup in five years, the stadium will host matches up to the quarter-final stage but other stadiums are still a long way off.

The 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium, due to host the opening match of the tournament and the final, is among several venues not due for completion until 2021 while some facilities are still to be confirmed.

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