Qatar’s seventh Fifa World Cup 2022 stadium to be part of new waterfront district

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the government body responsible for delivering the country’s Fifa 2022 World Cup campaign, is to create a new waterfront district around its seventh proposed stadium in Ras Abu Aboud.

The 40,000-seat venue will be on a 450,000-square metre site and includes 6,000-car parking spaces during the tournament, which will be reduced to 2,000 spaces afterwards. The stadium will be used for tournament group games and the quarter finals.

It is being designed by Populous -a specialist in sports stadium and arena design that created London’s 2012 Olympic Stadium and Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium. Project management company Time Qatar — part of US-based Turner Construction — is overseeing the project.

SC said the stadium is one of the first to be created with a ‘design for legacy’ concept with an ability for it to become part of a larger mixed-use neighbourhood as the tournament completes.

Competition venues executive director Ghanim Al Kuwari said that the stadium, which will be visible from West Bay, will play an important role in the development of Doha’s skyline and waterfront.

He said: “With this project we want to achieve a successful conversion from a sports venue into an appealing non-sport legacy concept.”

Christopher Lee, senior principal at Populous, said: “The design for the venue at Ras Abu Aboud is going to be a game-changer. We are creating a whole new neighbourhood in a fantastic waterfront location overlooking West Bay and, at the same time, an incredible world-class stadium for 40,000 fans.”

Last month, Qatar’s finance minister Ali Shareef Al Emadi set a budget of 202.5 billion Qatari riyals (Dh204.3bn) for 2016, which was 7 per cent lower than the 218.4bn riyals set in 2015.

In a statement issued via the official Qatar News Agency, he said that it planned to make efficiencies to plug the shortfall, especially in the running costs of government departments.

He added that the budget had been created to ensure spending on government projects that are being implemented ahead of the 2022 World Cup would continue. The total cost of government projects underway is 261bn riyals, with 24bn riyals earmarked for the delivery of sports infrastructure, including the World Cup stadiums.

According to a study by building consultancy Arcadis, Doha is the most expensive market for construction in the Middle East. It is also the 12th most expensive market in which to build in the world.

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