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Construction on World Cup stadium in Al Khor to begin next month

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Al Khor Al Bayt Stadium
Al Khor Al Bayt Stadium

The main contractor on the Al Khor Al Bayt World Cup stadium in northern Qatar will officially begin construction on the site in September, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) has said.

The move comes after enabling works that included erecting temporary onsite offices, paving internal roads and ground leveling were recently completed.

Meanwhile, as construction picks up the pace on the site, a new nearby development to house those working on the project is also in the works.

Al Khor Al Bayt Stadium
Al Khor Al Bayt Stadium

The SCDL did not specify when that accommodation would be completed, but said it would eventually house some 2,700 workers and include retail areas and restaurants.

The project is being designed and constructed by Al Khor & Dakira Schemes & Services Co., a locally based company.

Like all World Cup-related projects, contractors working on the stadium and the housing development must adhere to a special workers’ charter.

That 50-page document, designed to prevent the abuse of people working on World Cup projects ahead of the tournament, outline minimum working and living standards that go above and beyond what is required by Qatari law.

In a statement this week, Ghanim Al Kuwari, executive director of competition venues, said:

“We are progressing well at Al Khor and this new workers accommodation under construction is the latest sign of that development. The proposed design for the accommodation was reviewed by the Technical Delivery Office and the Workers Welfare Committee at the SC to ensure alignment with our standards.”

Stadium progress

Last month, Italian firm Salini Impregilo Group, which has a joint venture with Qatar-based Galfar Al Misnad and the Italian firm Comical, signed a QR3.11 billion (€770 million) contract for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Al Khor Al Bayt stadium.

The design resembles a traditional tent used by nomads around the region and is meant to symbolize Arab hospitality.

When the deal was announced, the JV said the stadium would seat 70,000 spectators and be completed by September 2018. However, this week’s statement about the facility said the stadium would house some 60,000 football fans.

Qatar Foundation stadium rendering
Qatar Foundation stadium rendering

The stadium is one of likely eight venues that will be used for the 2022 World Cup.

Though Qatar originally pledged to build 12 stadiums for the tournament, a minimum of eight facilities are required by FIFA in order to host the 64 matches played during the international tournament.

Work is already underway to build from scratch or redevelop five stadium sites (including Al Bayt), while the designs for a sixth arena at Lusail City, which will host the opening ceremony and final match, are being prepared by Foster + Partners, the firm led by British architect Sir Norman Foster.

The Qatar Sports Club in Dafna and the Hamad International Airport area have also been mentioned as potential World Cup stadium sites.

Last week, an SCDL spokesman said the final number of stadiums would be decided by year-end.

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MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago

Seeing the original bid document on which they won the award said the first stadium would be completed by 2015 that means they have got four months to finish…..

Also number of stadiums has been reduced from 12 to 9, also in the bid submission.

It seems pointless having a bid process of the winners can just change their commitments after the award.

Saying that in looking forward to the WC in Qatar.

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

You’ve hit the nail on the head. Over promise and under deliver. Also, part of the ‘feel good’ bid was to have several temporary stadiums/sections of stadiums that were earmarked for poorer countries after 2022. Funny that it is never mentioned anymore.

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  SullyofDoha

If Qatar is stripped of the WC it should be failing to meet its bid commitments. If I bid for an Ashgal project and then on award changed the contract to deliver something less than in the bid on a longer timescale, I would face LDs or more likely be stripped of the job. Why is this different?

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Indeed! It would encourage future bidders to attempt the same outlandish proposals knowing full well that there was no intention to honour the committment. Or better yet, would encourage other countries to stop bidding on these tax payer vanity projects all together.

Anon
Anon
5 years ago

Construction starts next month? What’s the current death toll of expendable, invisible labourers?

The Reporter
The Reporter
5 years ago
Reply to  Anon

I believe at the moment it is nil.

Observant One
Observant One
5 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

But it will rise the poor slaves.

Observant One
Observant One
5 years ago

More slaves for the glory of Qatar.

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