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Italian firm wins QR3.1bn contract to build Qatar’s Al Khor stadium

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Al Khor Al Bayt Stadium
Al Khor Al Bayt Stadium

An Italian firm has secured a multi-billion riyal contract to build the Al Bayt Al Khor stadium for the Qatar World Cup in 2022.

Salini Impregilo Group, which has a joint venture with Qatar-based Galfar Al Misnad and the Italian firm Cimolai, has signed a QR3.11 billion (€770 million) contract for the construction, operation and maintenance of the stadium in Al Khor, the company announced yesterday in a statement on its website.

Awarded by Aspire Zone Foundation, the contract includes €716 million (QR2.89 billion) for construction and €53 million (QR214 million) for operation and maintenance.

The 70,000-seater stadium, which will have an area of around 200,000 square meters, will be completed by September 2018, the firm added.

Salini Impregilo is working on two other major projects in Qatar. In 2013, it announced it had won the bid for the design and build of Qatar Rail’s Red Line North metro project, worth QR8.4 billion.

The firm is also working for public works authority Ashghal on the construction of a four-year hydraulic project in Abu Hamour.

The design

The design for the stadium was revealed just over a year ago by Qatar’s World Cup organizing body, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SCDL).

When finished, the stadium will resemble a traditional tent used by nomads around the region.

Al Bayt (Al Khor) Stadium rendering
Al Bayt (Al Khor) stadium rendering

Al Bayt, meaning “the house,” is modeled on the Bayt Al Sha’ar black and white tent. For those passing through the desert, the presence of this tent symbolizes hospitality.

The Al Bayt stadium’s exterior will be covered in black fabric, with the traditional red and white fabric on the interior, the Supreme Committee said at the time of the design launch – although it added that tests were ongoing to ensure the fabric would be suitable for the climate and would be able to be cleaned.

Designed to be modular, the top tier of seats  in the stadium will be removed after the World Cup and donated to developing countries lacking sports infrastructure, reducing the seating capacity to 32,000.

It will be situated at the heart of a 1 million square meter complex that will also include a hospital, a mall, and a park which has been designed to enhance the existing facilities in the area.

At the time of the design reveal, Aspire Zone Foundation President Hilal Al-Kuwari said it was important the stadium had a local legacy beyond 2022.

“It’s not all about the stadium, but an area that attracts people and provide local residents of Al Khor and Al Thakhira communities with facilities,” he said.

Qatar’s stadiums

Qatar has confirmed the sites of eight stadium so far – the minimum number it is required to have to host the 64 World Cup matches, according to FIFA rules.

Al Wakrah Stadium
Al Wakrah Stadium

In addition to the venue in Al Khor, there will be arenas in Al Wakrah, Lusail city, Al Rayyan, Khalifa Stadium, Qatar Foundation, Qatar Sports Club in Dafna/West Bay and on a site near Hamad International Airport.

Al Wakrah was the first stadium under construction, while work is also underway on the venue at QF.

Meanwhile, reconstruction efforts continue at Khalifa Stadium and the facility in Al Rayyan.

British firm Fosters + Partners won the design contest for the 80,000 seater flagship arena at Lusail city, which will host the tournament’s opening ceremony and final match, the SC confirmed in March this year.

Details of the design have yet to be publicly revealed.

This article was edited to correctly reflect that the joint venture is with Qatar company Galfar Al Misnad, and not Galfar in Oman, as previously stated.

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MarkDoha
MarkDoha
6 years ago

My subjective opinion, but that stadium is stunning. Don’t want to open the can of worms, but if we keep the WC then we’re really going to see some spectacular public architecture.

Scarletti
Scarletti
6 years ago
Reply to  MarkDoha

but clearly this over-sized tent isn’t one of these ‘spectacular’ buildings – what a sham and cop-out it is

Gaga
Gaga
6 years ago

And by the time they built these marvelous infrastructures, they will only commend the people in authority of the contractors and consultants, not the laborers who were under the scorching heat, compensated by just a three-digit salary and their passports were taken away from them. Sad.

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  Gaga

Meh.. They will not confiscate their passports and they will pay them a salary that is higher than other labourers. QF is already doing something similar.
As for who should be commended, stop being a hypocrite. In the West also we commend the managers even though most of the work is done by those under them. Now tell me how many books/articles/films have you seen on Apple engineers vs Steve Jobs? or Microsoft engineers vs Bill Gates?
Now please shut up 🙂

Gaga
Gaga
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

Lol. Is there any assurance that they will not confiscate any salient documents nor pay them that is higher than any non-WC related projects? I guess aside from the car parade of the show-offs that was recently relocated to Katara, slavery is one of the Qatari “tradition”. And also, if you have no first-hand experience of being a “modern slave”, just please shut up. 🙂

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  Gaga

Deleting this thread for devolving.

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago

We keep hearing this note that seats will be donated to developing countries in need of sports infrastructure. Forgive my cynicism, but is there a plan for this or is it just a nice thing to say (possibly adding inshala at the end of it) with a hope that someone will figure it out later? Have they identified the countries, locations, means of transportation, etc.? Is there a place out there that even wants the stands? Or is it just a way to try and look good with flowery words? Again, forgive my cynical outlook, but it wouldn’t be the first time a grand claim like this would be made in order to look good with no intention to follow through.

Doc
Doc
6 years ago
Reply to  Chilidog

Probably best to wait and see if they get built before we get carried away and talk about dismantling them.

KK
KK
6 years ago

Are we sure the event will take place?

Akmal farah
Akmal farah
6 years ago

Not sure what part of “there won’t be no 2022 WC in Qatar ” Qatar is not understanding. It just will not happen. It can’t happen.
Why not move on? You got busted and governments are investigating and every second day someone involved at FIFA is getting nicked because of accepting bribes or asking favors or ratting out Qatar. Move on Qatar..move on ….

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