Site works start on Qatar’s flagship 2022 World Cup stadium

Enabling works for Qatar’s flagship, 80,000-seat Lusail stadium have started.

The stadium is the country’s sixth Fifa World Cup stadium project to get under way following the completion of early-stage works at the site.

These include the erection of five kilometres of hoarding around the 1 million square metre site, as well as the erection of site facilities and offices.

The stadium is the proposed host venue for the opening and final matches of the World Cup in 2022.

Final designs for the stadium are being completed.

The British architecture firm Foster + Partners is responsible for the design. It will work alongside the London-based stadium specialist Populous and engineering consultancy Arup.

A main contractor has yet to be appointed.

The stadium is set to become “an internationally recognisable landmark” that is on the flight path for people arriving at the new Hamad International Airport, according to Mubarak Al Khulaifi, the project director of Qatar’s supreme committee for delivery and legacy.

Meanwhile, Hill International has announced that it has won a contract to project-manage the creation of the new Salwa Beach Resort in Qatar.

The company secured the award from the main contractor, Contraco. It is for a two and-a-half-year period and is worth US$2.3 million to Hill.

The Salwa Resort will be built on 257 acres of land and will feature a 362-room resort hotel and spa. It is 75km south-west of Doha, close to the border with Saudi Arabia. It is being developed by Al Rayanna Hospitality and will be managed by Hilton Hotels and Resorts.

The hotel facilities include a water park, marina, dive centre, cinema, spa, pools and shops. Two small “villages” of family villas will also be built.

Mohammed Al Rais, the president of Hill International’s project management group in the Middle East, said it was “poised to be an iconic resort for visitors to Qatar”.

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