Qatar: Turf for stadiums to be home-grown
Qatar's 2022 World Cup stadia will sport locally grown turf and trees for the pitch and precincts
The turf for all the 2022 World Cup stadia will be grown in Qatar and, to this end, a desert nursery has been established to the north of Doha.
The selected piece of desert is being changed into a tree and turf nursery for plantings around Qatar’s World Cup stadiums and irrigated by treated water from Doha North Sewage Treatment Works, in a bid to be as sustainable as possible.
The nursery has been created on an 880,000m² site by Umm Slal Ali, next to what is set to be the region’s biggest manmade forest, which aims to grow 16,000 trees of 60 different species.
In addition, thousands of shrubs are also being grown to be used in landscaping complexes around the presently under construction stadiums.
Each year the nursery will yield stretches of grass comparable in size to about 168 football pitches, for use by contractors on the precincts of the World Cup sites.
Launched in June this year, the nursery has around 300 transplanted trees that have been carefully removed from various construction sites across the country and by 2022, it should be home to about 3,000 transplanted trees.
The nursery should also have thousands of other trees which will be grown from seedlings on a dedicated 30,000m², the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) said in a statement.
Among the various species will be the native and symbolic sidra tree, as well as ficus and acacia.
Yasser Al Mulla, senior manager of landscape and sport turf management at the SC said that all trees will be tagged with information about their origin, name and life cycle.