Stadium projects on track for Qatar 2022 World Cup
Speaking at the World Stadium Congress in Doha, Jürgen Müller, FIFA’s Head of Planning and Infrastructure, praised the work being carried out by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC)
Qatar is on track 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium and infrastructure projects, according to one of the global governing body's top officials.
Speaking at the World Stadium Congress in Doha, Jurgen Muller, FIFA's head of planning and infrastructure, was quoted by www.sc.qa, as saying: "Qatar's infrastructure and stadium preparation is well on track.
"We are happy with preparations. Everybody knows it's not only towards 2022, they are working towards longer plans for 2030, so this step is only one step in the bigger picture.
"This World Cup is adapted to their overall time planning and we believe it will be an outstanding tournament."
FIFA and SC were among a range of global stadium industry leaders presenting at the World Stadium Congress in Doha - to which the SC is also a delivery partner.
During the conference, Muller also pointed out that Qatar has developed an exemplary approach to legacy planning for the tournament from the earliest stage.
He said: "Qatar's legacy planning was very clear to see from the bidding stage.
"They showed that they do not need such large capacities post-tournament and proposed modular elements to stadia, which is an excellent concept.
"There is already demand to the Supreme Committee for the demountable parts of their stadiums, so it is a very good approach."
Engineer Othman Zarzour, the SC's Competition Venues Deputy Executive Director, provided a 2022 FIFA World Cup update to delegates and media in attendance at the conference.
He said: "The SC is currently working on eight stadiums for the tournament, and we have launched the designs of five stadiums.
"We are planning to launch the designs of the remaining three within this year.
"By the end of this year the Khalifa International Stadium will be the first proposed host venue to complete major construction and will be among the first stadiums in the world to provide field lighting using LEDs.
"All these projects will leave a lasting legacy for Qatar and the region for years to come."