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Al Wakrah Stadium design unveiled

The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee has unveiled the new concept design for Al Wakrah Stadium. The design was developed by AECOM is association with Zaha Hadid Architects.

Al Wakrah – famous for its fishing and seafaring heritage – is the proposed southern-most host city for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Situated approximately 15km south of Doha, the city has served as a vital commercial port and a gateway to the capital throughout Qatar's history. Al Wakrah's tradition is reflected in the stadium design, which captures the essence of the traditional dhow, an Arabian pearl fishing boat.

The design of the stadium and the development of a 585,000m2 precinct area surrounding it will embrace the cultural heritage of Al Wakrah and the adjacent historical settlement of Al Wukair.

The stadium will have a gross capacity of 40,000. The top-tiers of the stadium will be modular, enabling the stadium's capacity to be lowered to 20,000.

'This is the first in an upcoming series of progress-related events and initiatives as we enter the early phase of delivering the promises we made to FIFA and the international football community during the bid," said Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee. "We are proud to reveal what we believe is a truly unique stadium design and surrounding precinct that will serve the population and act as a social hub for the community of Al Wakrah, and Qatar as a whole, during the 2022 FIFA World Cup and for the years to follow. The stadium reflects what our country stands for from a cultural perspective. It is modern, futuristic and functional. But importantly, it remains true to Qatari heritage with the design and materials inspired by the traditional dhow boat.'

'We are at an advanced stage in our planning. Al Wakrah is the first of six stadia already in the latter stages of the design process. Our committee has issued ten major tenders to the market encompassing project and design managers and stadium-operation consultants,' he added.

After a rigorous design process, undertaken by the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, in coordination with its stakeholders, the local construction market will see real work and progress. Works will begin to be visible on stadium sites.

In 2014, tenders will be issued for early works, enabling works and main contractors for five stadia. These venues will be in different construction stages by the fourth quarter.

On Al Wakrah specifically, early works on the stadium site will begin in January 2014, with the tender for the main contractor issued in the second quarter. Stadium construction will begin in the fourth quarter.

All construction contracts for the stadium will be issued in line with the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee's Workers' Charter and Standards, developed in consultation with international human rights organisations, which will enforce best practice, in line with the government's vision for worker welfare, and cement the tournament as a catalyst to the improvement of workers' welfare within Qatar and the region.


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