With Qatar set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup this December, football fever is undoubtedly in the air. But if we’re being honest, football fever has been gripping the region for as long as we can remember. It goes without saying that Arabs love the game of footie. It’s nearly impossible to drive across any country in the Middle East or North Africa without spotting at least a couple of makeshift goal posts and DIY pitches in the most unsuspecting spaces. From fields nestled in the desert to pitches tucked away in the mountains, we’ve rounded up some of the most scenic football pitches in the region.
This postcard-worthy pitch offers unparalleled views of the magnificent mountains of Aguemoune N’ath Khiar, a remote village situated in the province of Bejaia.
Humayma Desert, Jordan
A very unsuspecting location for a football pitch, though it is about as remote and beautiful as it can get.
If you look closely, you can see two makeshift goalposts nestled between the cliffs.
Tarut Island, Qatif, Saudi Arabia
Here, the football field is submerged underneath the water during high tide, with only the two goalposts sticking out.
This secluded football pitch in the middle of the desert reveals just how much Arabs love their football.
Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
Found high in the Hajar Mountains, the pitch overlooks a dramatic gorge— imagine lacing up your boots and getting ready to play a game in this striking spot.
Ait Ourtilane, Algeria
Another scene-stealing footie grounds from Algeria’s Bejaia province. Just make sure you don’t lose the ball here as it may prove difficult to get it back.
Ein Gedi, Dead Sea, Palestine
At 1407 feet below sea level, this is one of the world’s lowest football pitches.