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Al Rayyan Stadium floodlights find new use at Club’s training facilities

As progress continues on the site of Al Rayyan Stadium, eight floodlights of the deconstructed venue site have found a new use at the club’s newly-constructed training sites. With the environmental sustainability goal being a key part of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy’s (SC) programme from the beginning, the successful deconstruction of the old Al Rayyan Stadium and its surrounding site was completed in February 2015, with at least 90% of existing materials at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium reused and recycled.

Al Rayyan’s new training facilities are being built by the SC in order to allow the Club to continue with their operations until the new stadium is completed in 2019. A total of eight floodlights from the deconstructed Stadium are being reused.

Abdulla Al Fehani, SC Al Rayyan Project Manager, said:

We have taken all the necessary measures to ensure that the original Al Rayyan Stadium site has a continuous legacy by reusing these materials in the new stadium and other projects linked to the tournament. And the reused floodlights will light the way for Al Rayyan Sports Club, allowing them to prepare for another successful Qatar Stars League season.

Located next to the main stadium site, these lights will reach 1,000 lux on the field of play and 35 metres height. The new training pitches are expected to be handed over by August 2016 in order to make sure that Al Rayyan has purpose-built training facilities even during the construction of the stadium. The Club was consulted so the facilities were built according to their requirements.

The new facility will have two parts, one administration building and six pitches with one athletic track, as well as changing rooms. The team changing room facilities include a press room, and player’s recovery unit including ice bath areas, sauna and other related training facilities.

While the training pitches are now being finalised with the grass being planted, excavation works were completed recently on the nearby Al Rayyan Stadium site in readiness for the Main Contractor coming on board. Excavation of about 210,000 cubic metres was completed on site, which will be reused as part of the main project for the SC’s sustainability commitments.

Al Rayyan Sports Club’s new stadium will accommodate 40,000 spectators in tournament mode, with capacity being reduced to 21,000 in legacy mode; the resulting space will be used by different sports federations.

The precinct surrounding the Stadium will also include a range of facilities, which will cater to the needs of the people of Al Rayyan.

Al Rayyan floodlights

About Al Rayyan Stadium & Precinct

Al Rayyan Stadium and Precinct, which is being built on the site of the former Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, has been designed to showcase Qatar’s culture and heritage.

The SC is responsible for delivering the new, 40,000-seat Stadium, which is a proposed venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.

AECOM is the Stadium’s project manager, while the design is being undertaken by Ramboll.

The façade of Al Rayyan Stadium is formed from seven patterns, representing different aspects of Qatari culture. The patterns blend together seamlessly to tell the story of the nation. They are based on highly abstracted shapes, which echo decorative motifs found in Islamic architecture.

The patterns represent the importance of family in Qatari culture, the austere beauty of the desert and the flora and fauna that thrive there, and the local and international trade which has been a mainstay of Qatar’s economy for centuries. A shield pattern, which weaves together all of the others, represents loyalty, unity and perseverance – key elements of any successful football team.

Al Rayyan’s desert ambiance will be honoured further in structures that will dot the stadium grounds. Resembling sand dunes, these structures will house hospitality areas, concessions and other services. See the Al Rayyan technical video for the full design specifications.

The precinct surrounding Al Rayyan Stadium will include a vast range of facilities, including a mosque and aquatics centre. Floodlights and cooling will allow for the use of football training pitches all year round, day and night. Shaded walkways will wind their way through the landscaped grounds, which will also feature cycling and running tracks, and outdoor fitness equipment.

A new branch of Aspetar, the region’s premier sports medicine facility and a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, will also form part of the new Al Rayyan Stadium.

Sustainability sits at the heart of Al Rayyan Stadium and Precinct. The innovative, energy-efficient cooling technology being developed by the SC will guarantee the comfort of fans and players. Renewable energy will be generated within the precinct, actively minimising the stadium’s carbon footprint.

A further reduction will be achieved through lightweight building design, the careful selection of materials and the implementation of energy and water efficiency measures. Materials from the deconstructed Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium will be recycled for use throughout the precinct, with some also reserved to develop public art installations.

Following the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, the seating capacity of Al Rayyan Stadium will be reduced to approximately 21,000. The Stadium’s modular upper tier will be donated to nations in need of sporting infrastructure, immediately creating a legacy of football development.

The downscaled stadium will become the new home of Al Rayyan Sports Club, which has historically been one of Qatar’s most popular and successful football teams. In its early days, the team that became Al Rayyan Sports Club was funded by fans from the surrounding area. Those same fans, their children and the wider community in Qatar will benefit from Al Rayyan Stadium and Precinct for generations to come, in line with the SC’s commitment to building a better future for Qatar and its people.

Qatari contractor, Al Balagh Trading & Contracting, and India’s biggest construction firm, Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), have been appointed as the main contractors to build the 40,000 seater Al Rayyan Stadium.

In other Qatari news, Khalifa International Stadium arch is completed with last 22m segment

A major milestone has been achieved at Khalifa International Stadium with the installation of the last segment of the emblematic arch of this historic stadium.

This achievement marks the start of the countdown towards the completion of the renovation and upgrade works at the proposed host venue for 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ matches through to the quarterfinals.

khalifa stadium last segment arch

The last segment to be placed was a 22-metre piece installed at a height of 120 metres. A 600 metric ton (MT) mega crane was used to lift the segment to its final position. However, prior to lifting, the segment was tilted to the required angle at the ground level using a smaller crane. Other major elements such as bottom, top compression rings and column segments were pre-assembled at site also using smaller crawler cranes.

Talking about the accomplishment, Eng. Mansoor Al-Muhannadi, Khalifa International Stadium – Project Manager at Aspire Zone Foundation, said:

The successful installation of the last piece of the arch at Khalifa International Stadium shows that progress is well underway with the renovation of the stadium. The next step will be the installation of the roof. We have been able to achieve this thanks to the productive cooperation of all parties involved.


Eng. Mohemed Elamin Ahmed, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) Project Manager for Khalifa International Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City said:

This is a major milestone for us that will allow the start of the installation of the roof membrane.

A specialist was brought in from India to operate the mega crane. While the last segment of the arch weighed 47MT, the top compression ring heaviest segment was 35 metres long, with a weight of 78MT.

All materials used were made of steel and fabricated both locally at Eversendai’s factories in Qatar and in UAE. Due to the size of all the pieces to be assembled in to the top ring of the arch, the materials were delivered on site by an 18 metre trailers and unloaded using 100 and 250 ton mobile cranes.

khalifa stadium last segment arch



Images: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC)