Qatar ups stakes in World Cup 2022 bid
The country unveils plans for 12 football stadiums in FIFA dossier
Qatar has outlined plans for massive investment in transport and sporting facilities as part of its audacious bid for the 2022 World Cup.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the chairman of the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee, handed over a 750-page dossier to FIFA in May, which revealed detailed plans to build or redevelop a total of 12 football stadiums.
The dossier contained detailed plans for an initial five stadiums, designed by Albert Speer and Partners, two of which will be redeveloped and three built from scratch.
The solar-powered, air-conditioned facilities will be developed if the country is successful in its World Cup bid. Each of the stadiums will exploit Qatar’s extreme environmental conditions by channeling sunlight to generate power using solar technology. All of them will be designed to maintain a temperature of 28 degrees even during Qatar’s scorching summer months.
The flagship development will be Qatar’s Al Rayyan stadium, situated 20 km northwest of the capital, Doha. The plan is to adapt the structure and surround the building with a screen which will show match updates, tournament information and other material. Another existing stadium, the Al Gharafa will also be redeveloped.
The three stadiums to be built from scratch are the Al Shamal, based on traditional Gulf fishing boats; the Al Khor, based on the shape of a sea shell and the Al Wakrah, a huge sports complex with a swimming pool, mall and spa.
Qatar believes its case for hosting the World Cup is strong, given that all stadiums will be built within one hour of the FIFA World Cup 2022 headquarters, allowing fans to attend more than one a game a day. A 320 km metro system will also be completed by 2021.
In December 2010 FIFA will make their final call as to which of the 11 bidding nations are to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.