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Qatar’s first World Cup stadium build contract to be awarded next year

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A construction contract to build Qatar’s Al Wakrah Stadium is expected to be awarded in 2015, local 2022 World Cup organizers have said.

The Al Wakrah facility is the first World Cup venue that is being built in Qatar, and is set for a 2018 completion – some three years behind its original schedule.

Wakrah stadium, as seen from Google Earth (October 2014).
Wakrah stadium, as seen from Google Earth (October 2014).

However, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SDCL), which is overseeing World Cup preparations in Qatar, said work on the stadium is now picking up the pace.

In a statement, the committee said:

“Progress on the ground is well underway, with the bowl of the stadium currently being dug out and the precinct now visible on Google Earth.”

It added that 50 staffers have moved into new onsite offices, a number that will increase to 200 by next year.

The stadium, which was designed by AECOM and Zaha Hadid Architects and is based on a dhow boat that Qataris traditionally used for pearl diving, will host some 16 World Cup matches.

Other stadiums

Work on four others World Cup match venues is also underway.

Earlier this month, the SCDL said it would be demolishing and then rebuilding Qatar’s Al Rayyan Stadium.

The plan is a departure from previous plans to refurbish the stadium to double its capacity to 40,000 fans, and competition on the project is now slated for 2019.

Meanwhile, organizers announced last month that a contract had been awarded to refurbish Khalifa International Stadium, located in the Aspire Zone.

And very preliminary works have begun on stadiums in Education City and in Al Khor.

Qatar originally proposed hosting the World Cup in 12 venues. However, only eight are required according to FIFA regulations. A final decision on the number of host venues is expected next year.

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Ahmed A
Ahmed A
7 years ago

where is it on google earth?

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago
Reply to  Ahmed A

They have to build it first before you can see it

Ahmed A
Ahmed A
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

You need to read it (the article) first before you start replying.

“Progress on the ground is well underway, with the bowl of the stadium currently being dug out and the precinct now visible on Google Earth.”

Salman Alansari
Salman Alansari
7 years ago
Reply to  Ahmed A

https://goo.gl/maps/Q0uAy

switch to satellite image to see it

Ahmed A
Ahmed A
7 years ago

Thanks.

Shabina921
Shabina921
7 years ago

Thanks – I’ll add this in!

Rien
Rien
7 years ago

It was supposed to be ready in 2015, but the contract itself will only be awarded in 2015, with an expected completion of 2018? … hmmm, anyone accepting bets that it won’t be ready even in 2021? :)’

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago

On the submission to FIFA as part of the bid they qualified that the first stadium would be ready in 2015. As they have already broken that term does that mean the award of the WC in 2022 is now invalid?

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

No. More money cures all contract breaches.

desertCard
desertCard
7 years ago

I understand that Larry Flint and Hugh Hefner are the leading “contractors” for this project.

KK
KK
7 years ago

Let’s check google earth once more in 2018.

The Reporter
The Reporter
7 years ago

Qatar made a bid that included 12 new stadiums – aah but what a surprise they suddenly only need 8 to meet the FIFA rules. Stadium in Education City? What stadium? I don’t criticise for the sake of criticising Qatar, but in most of the countries in the world that haven’t been tainted by FIFA the host country would be slaughtered for announcements like this. As for the award of the contract, will it be before or after FIFA’s final decision on whether WC2022 will remain in Qatar?

Jaded
Jaded
7 years ago

Let’s not rush into anything now

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