Qatar 2022 stadia construction at full throttle

With only six years to go, the 2022 World Cup stadia construction is running at full tilt as Qatar readies itself for the major international event.

Construction for the World Cup 2022 stadia is well underway.
Construction for the World Cup 2022 stadia is well underway.

In only six years from now the 2022 World Cup tournament kicks off on 21 November 2022.

Qatar is readying itself to host the huge event and the various the venues, in a variety of shape and sizes, will each reflect a different aspect of Qatari culture, TradeArabia News Service reported.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) said construction on the Khalifa International Stadium is moving ahead at a rapid pace with the external cladding and LED screens rising around the exterior of the venue.

This stadium is the due to be the first completed, with the complex cabling system for the roof in place and the canopy roof due to be placed atop and fixed to the cabling in the coming weeks.

Khalifa International Stadium will host matches through to the quarter-finals.

Set to host games up to the semi-final matches is the 60,000-seat Al Bayt Stadium at Al Khor City.

Designed to emulate the Bedouin tents of the region, construction is in full swing with the successful installation of elements of the main structure, as well as ongoing works on access tunnels to the stadium and the two bridges leading up to the venue.

The stadium will also have a retractable roof which will be able to close in just 20 minutes, allowing for ideal playing conditions and spectator comfort.

Located in Doha’s Education City, the Qatar Foundation Stadium is the proposed venue for fixtures up to the quarter-final stage and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019.

To date, the bulk excavation works of a total volume of 650,000m³ to formation level, and implementation of a dewatering system for the next main-package contractor have been completed.

By the end of this year the main-works contractor will be fully mobilised on site, and will be tasked with progressing with the schematic design, completing the foundation works and securing a substantial portion of the structural steel for the super structure.

Designed by the late Zaha Hadid who drew inspiration from the region’s traditional dhow boats is Al Wakrah Stadium, due to host matches up to the quarter-final stage and seat a total of a 40,000 spectators.

Already on board is the main contractor who is currently preparing the stadium design to be issued for construction, with the foundation works developing satisfactorily.

Preparing for the start of construction above ground on the superstructure by year-end are three cranes that have been installed within the stadium bowl.

A total of six 60-tonne cranes will be working on site in order to raise the structure of the stadium up from the ground.

The SC said that Al Rayyan Stadium, the proposed host venue up to the quarter-finals, has recently had the first concrete poured on the area of the West Stand of the stadium.

The main contractor is advancing on the construction of the 40,000 seater stadium, in which over 100,000m³ of concrete and 6,700 tonnes of structural steel will be used during this phase of the project.

The Lusail Stadium will see both the opening and final matches and the 80,000-seater stadium, placed within Lusail City is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

Construction is progressing smoothly with the schematic design ongoing.

Early works have been completed and the project team has relocated to the site, which is 12km north of Doha’s West Bay.

Currently seeing early works the 40,000-seat Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will bring the ‘design for legacy’ concept to reality as one of the first sports venues ever designed at the outset to transform into a successful and dynamic mixed-use urban neighbourhood after the tournament is over.

The eighth proposed host venue, Al Thumama Stadium, will have a capacity of 40,000 seats and host matches up to the quarter-finals stage.

Once the event has past, the stadium will transform into legacy mode, with capacity reduced to a maximum of 20,000 seats, said the statement from SC.

Early works are currently underway at the venue in preparation for the main construction, with levelling and grading works being undertaken.

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