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One of Qatar’s most important stadium construction sites is evolving rapidly and is beginning to take shape on the ground. The main contractor for Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City, proposed host venue up to the semi-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, has been recently mobilised on site. With the design based on a Qatari tent also evolving to incorporate new and more durable materials, Al Bayt Stadium is starting to rise from the ground on a specially designed hill, which resembles the traditional areas chosen to make these types of tent more visible for visitors.

Several milestones have already been reached at Al Bayt Stadium, which will have a net seating capacity of 60,000. Enabling and early works including the site offices for the Project Management Team and hoarding have been completed, while the construction supervision consultant – KEO International Consultants – has been named. A joint venture between Galfar Al Misnad, Salini Impregilo Group and Cimolai are the team that will be in charge of main construction, which is planned to be completed by the end of 2018.

Dr. Nasser Hamad Al Hajeri, Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City Project Director at Aspire Zone Foundation, highlighted the recent safety milestone by saying:

Achieving more than one million man hours without suffering a Lost-Time Accident is a major achievement towards the safe and timely delivery of this stadium.

The main contractor has arrived with the construction site in a very good situation. They will be able to continue the good work on the ground and we expect the first concrete activity to take place before the end of this year.

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

This is a very positive achievement for Al Bayt Stadium. A lot of preparation work has been completed. Now we are looking forward to the steel and concrete arriving, and the stadium really starting to take shape.

As the site continues to progress, the team behind the design has also continued the evolution of the project with updates made to the unique exterior façade, which is a Qatari concept inspired by the traditional Bedouin tent. The design team has made the adaption to guarantee longer durability of the stadium, as Al Bayt Stadium will be made of long-life material called Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a white type of plastic mixed with other components. This design evolution means that the updated stadium design includes more bright colouring elements than previously seen.

The technical team is already undertaking the necessary tests to ascertain the resistance in Qatar’s environment of this material, which is used in well-known football venues like the Allianz Arena in Munich and the roof of Stadium Mário Filho (Maracanã) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Additionally, the precinct master plan has been modified to fit more green areas, including walking and jogging tracks, horse tracks, cycling tracks and family areas, as well as playing areas for families in the inner circle immediately surrounding the stadium bowl. This will bring the car park to the outer perimeter, providing more spatial areas for the local community to benefit from.

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Qatar’s journey to the Opening and Final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ is now underway. Progress is visible on the spot where Lusail Stadium, the centrepiece of the first World Cup in the Middle East, will seat 80,000 spectators in a spectacular venue inspired by Qatari traditions and culture.

Five kilometres of hoarding surround the site of the proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ Final, where site facilities and offices have been finalised, marking the completion of the early works phase.

Lusail Stadium is the sixth stadium currently under construction across Qatar. Two major packages have been recently completed at the one million square metre site: early works and site investigation. These packages include the installation of site facilities and offices, which will be the home for the Lusail Stadium technical team for the coming years.

Mubarak Al-Khulaifi, SC Project Director at Lusail Stadium, said:

We are very pleased to have initiated a presence on the site, which has a special significance for us all as the proposed host venue for the Opening and Final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. Following the timely conclusion of the early works phase, we aim to shortly commence enabling works. The scope for this phase will be comprised of the heavy civil works required to facilitate the construction of the stadium structure.

The site investigation has provided information about critical aspects of the site such as the quality of the soil and the groundwater levels, which will form a part of the basis of design for the stadium foundations and substructure. It has also generated information about site levels, and the grading and levelling work required to achieve the finished site profile. The final design for Lusail Stadium will be presented in 2016.

Al-Khulaifi added:

The concept phase of the stadium design has been completed and approved, opening the way for the schematic phase. For Lusail Stadium we are building a venue which will become an internationally-recognisable landmark. It is worth noting that it is also on the flight path coming in from a number of countries for fans arriving to Hamad International Airport.

In the months following the award of the design contract to Foster + Partners this March, the SC and the designers have worked hand-in-hand to capture a sense of local and regional architecture, reflecting the aesthetics of Qatar.

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The stadium has been designed to be in harmony with the surrounding Lusail City. To achieve this, extensive work has been carried out to integrate the stadium with the neighbouring masterplan. Regular coordination is held with the local municipal authority for the exchange of engineering information about the utilities and services in order to ensure alignment with the available sources in the area.

Located in Lusail City, 15km north of Doha, the stadium will have an 80,000-seat capacity.

All contracts on Lusail Stadium incorporate the SC’s Workers’ Welfare Standards. Contractual enforcement of these standards and a rigorous four-tier auditing system guarantees international best practice on Lusail Stadium as construction advances further in the coming months.

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Images & information courtesy: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy


Trevor Easley, Host Country Security Design, Risk and Assurance Lead at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (2022 FIFA World Cup™ Qatar) is one of the 50+ industry-elite speakers taking part in this month’s must-attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event.

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First proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ to be completed in late 2016.

The historic Khalifa International Stadium is one step closer to being the first proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ to be completed.

With the concrete structure approaching conclusion and new levels of seating areas adding to the height of the stadium, approximately 90% of the structural concrete has been laid and is expected to be fully completed within two months.

Located in Al Rayyan Municipality, Khalifa International Stadium has long played a leading role in Qatar’s development as a premier host of major sporting events. The Aspire Zone Foundation, one of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC)’s stakeholders, is leading construction works on the Stadium.

Engineer, Mansoor Saleh B. Al – Muhannadi, Project Manager at Aspire Zone Foundation, said:

We are very happy with the rapid progress of renovation works at the site. Khalifa International Stadium is moving to new heights with structural work in concrete and steel, and the vertical structure is now at level eight while strengthening works are also underway. We expect the stadium to be handed over by the main contractor at the end of 2016.

The arc and undulating roof of Khalifa International Stadium are visible from afar, providing a prominent introduction to the Aspire Zone. The large arch on the Eastern side, which was used as a platform for the launch of fireworks during the 2006 Doha Asian Games opening ceremony, has already been removed, and is currently being replaced by two arches which are further visible signs of progress on the site.

Originally built as a 20,000-seater stadium in 1976, Khalifa International Stadium hosted the Gulf Cup that year. It returned to hosting prominence in 1992, receiving an upgrade to once-more host the Gulf Cup. The stadium is currently undergoing a comprehensive renovation to meet FIFA’s standards for World Cup stadiums, which includes adding a new building to the east wing, and building a single roof to cover the whole seating area.

The venue will fit 40,000 spectators and be completely cooled, including the field of play, all seats and concourses. The redevelopment will allow the stadium to host group stage, round of 16 and quarter-final matches.

Work continues to advance with a priority placed on health and safety practices on site, with around 3,300 construction workers having completed a total of 3,234,709 man-hours worked without a recordable accidents.

The skeleton of the new stadium is on track for completion by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, a new ‘tent’ that will cover approximately 70% of the stadium, was fabricated in the USA and is currently being assembled in Mexico. (The renovated stadium will have a unique, modern design and aesthetic, containing a combination of three major product lines for the roof system: PTFE fibreglass membrane, single ETFE film and Tensotherm™, a translucent insulated tensioned membrane system. Birdair will provide the design, fabrication and supply of all three membranes.) The tent will soon be shipped to Doha to be fixed using cabling made in Germany. So far around 42,000 cubic metres of structural concrete have been poured.

Ghanim Al Kuwari, SC Competition Venues Executive Director, added:

With this renovation, the stadium will not only be refurbished, but also enhanced with new features, maintaining its position as a global sports centre and also improving its role as a focal point for the local community.

The venue will house the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum. Food courts, shops, multi-purpose rooms, VIP lounges and a health centre will also be available on the upper and lower concourses to be built in the East wing. In addition to this, a new road network along with two new metro stations in the surrounding area will connect the stadium to public transport.

A joint venture between Midmac Contracting and a subsidiary of the Belgian Besix Group, Six Construct, is overseeing the main contractor works on the stadium. Dar Al Handasah and Projacs are the Design and Project Manager Consultants respectively.


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Images of Khalifa International Stadium courtesy: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC).

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Fact box

  • Capacity in Tournament Mode: 40,000
  • Location: Al Rayyan municipality
  • Design revealed: November 2014
  • Construction start date: Q2 2014
  • Expected completion: End of 2016
  • Project Management Consultant: Projacs
  • Main Construction Contractor: Joint venture between Midmac Contracting and Six Construct
  • Designer and Engineering Consultants: Dar Al-Handasah
  • Matches up to and including: Quarter-finals

Trevor Easley, Host Country Security Design, Risk and Assurance Lead, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (2022 FIFA World Cup™ Qatar), is one of the 50+ industry-elite speakers participating in this month’s must-attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event. #StadiaArenaAP


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Qatar hopes to decide on the final number of stadia that it will use when hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ by the end of this year, confirmed a spokesperson for the organising committee.

Having included plans for twelve stadia in its original bid to host the event, Qatar has since indicated that it would scale back its building to a possible eight venues.

“The final number of stadiums is still to be confirmed, but it is expected a decision will be reached towards the end of 2015,” said a spokesman for the Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), which is responsible for the delivery of all tournament-related infrastructure.

The country is set to spend more than USD$200bn on infrastructure as part of a 2030 development plan, a timeframe that includes hosting the FIFA World Cup in November-December 2022.

However, corruption allegations at world football governing body FIFA have put renewed media focus on Qatar, although Qatari officials remain confident the tournament will go ahead as planned.

The five stadiums that have already been announced are a mixture of new builds and rebuilds of existing grounds.

Four stadiums – Al Rayyan, Khalifa International, Qatar Foundation and Al Wakrah (pictured above) – will have tournament capacities of 40,000 and will be used for matches up to and including the quarter-final stage of the World Cup. The fifth, Al Bayt Stadium, will hold 60,000 spectators and will host at least one semi-final.

The organisers have yet to reveal plans for the stadium that will stage the tournament final.

To date, main contractors have been appointed for two venues.

With an area of 11,600km², Qatar will be the smallest country to host the FIFA World Cup.

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While foundation works are nearing completion, as Al Wakrah Stadium readies to begin emerging from the ground, there is already a structure shooting sky-wards nearby. It is a tower which reaches 10m into the sky and is placed on a surface of 10m x 10m.

Recently installed at the construction site for the Al Wakrah Stadium, the weather station will provide valuable information about temperature, humidity, precipitation intensity and visibility, among other factors.

The cooling systems designed for the stadium, at the proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, will automatically adapt its performance in response to local weather conditions using the information provided by the weather station, allowing football to be played year-round even after the tournament has concluded.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has recently finished installation of the first of these weather stations at Al Wakrah Stadium.

The station was developed and installed by the Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC), which has experience in operating and maintaining national weather stations.

 Dr. Nelson Chilengwe


British mechanical engineer, Dr. Nelson Chilengwe, a cooling expert at the SC who is originally from Zambia, explained that external conditions need to be known by cooling technology designers.

Dr. Chilengwe advised:

We usually get this information from data based on national weather station measurements, like the one at the airport, but for our programme, we wanted to know exactly what the weather is like close to our stadium sites.

The weather station includes several pieces of equipment that offer a number of services, including a sun tracker, sensors for selected gases, solar-powered monitoring of particulate matter, temperature and humidity sensors, among others.

The QMIC, located at the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), will install two further weather stations for the SC at the Al Rayyan and Lusail stadium precincts. After installation, they will start collecting and analysing data for an initial period of three years.

Chilengwe said:

We have just completed installation at Al Wakrah Stadium. The station monitors and collects information 24-hours a day but we have configured the system to record meteorological data every five minutes, while air quality is recorded every 15 minutes.

This information will enable SC experts to measure what the current temperatures are, and optimise the cooling system at the stadium for football to be played year-round even after the tournament has concluded.

Chilengwe added:

So far we have used several years of historical data to predict what the weather conditions are likely to be in 2022. With this equipment we can compare between our predictions and the actual parameters we are measuring on the site.

Engineers take into account external conditions and use that information to determine how much cooling is needed to achieve the required conditions inside the stadium.

“With these localised stations we will be able to determine exactly what the temperature is and automatically control operation  of cooling systems against the external conditions, year-round in Qatar as a legacy element,” said the expert.

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Chilengwe clarified that, although it’s not new to have a weather station close to a stadium:

It may be that we’re using it differently because of the range and types of instruments we have. The beauty of our project is that we can collect the data from the three stations and then access it from a centralised system and see the comparisons of the three stations. This can also be then compared against what other national weather stations are reporting.

The SC already used data collected from a small weather station to adjust the cooling system during the operation of the Brazil 2014 Fan Zone at Katara Beach in Doha. Chilengwe was also part of the team that designed and installed cooling technology that allowed the successful delivery of an open-air cooled Fan Zone at Katara.

He said:

We continually tracked external parameters with a small weather station on site and we compared this with the data from the airport weather station. We used the data we were measuring to fine-tune our cooling system.


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SC outlines 10 ways to integrate cooling into the proposed 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ host venues

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As Qatar continues to make progress on its proposed host venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is also developing and improving the environmentally-friendly cooling technology that will allow soccer to be played in the country year-round after the event.

The following ten cooling methods are part of an integrated approach in the design of different facilities and venues from concept design phase, to ensure they leave a lasting legacy for their communities to use and enjoy the benefits of sport:


1.       Solar shading
By building in such a way as to keep not only people, but also specific areas of a building out of direct sunlight, it’s possible to reduce the heat absorbed by a structure by as much as 85%. This can range from strategically planting suitable vegetation around buildings to selecting specialist materials than limit solar transmission.

2.       Natural ventilation
Throughout its history, Qatar has sought natural ways to keep cool, and the importance of building ventilation systems into houses, souqs and other structures, has been recognised here for centuries. By utilising natural forces, such as differences in pressure caused by wind, which draws air towards low pressure areas, and/or thermal buoyancy which causes hot air to be displaced by cooler air, natural ventilation can serve two functions that would otherwise have to be provided by mechanical systems, namely reducing the temperature of an area and improving indoor air quality by ventilation.

3.       Night-time ventilation
Although Qatar experiences extreme temperatures during summer days, nights are breezier and cooler. This shift will be an advantage during the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ with night-time ventilation technology, which is also renewable. This process relies on the walls, floors and other surfaces being cooled at night when temperatures are lower. The cooled surfaces are then able to absorb heat during the day thus allowing people within the area to enjoy a cooler environment.

4.       Evaporative cooling
Evaporative cooling utilizes the cooling effect generated by water as it absorbs heat to change state to a vapour in the process of evaporation. It is most widely understood from the process of perspiration, but it can also be used to keep buildings cool. Just as sweat evaporates to cool your body by absorbing heat, a water spray near a near a building or space absorbs heat and evaporates to create a cooler local environment.

5.       Passive Cooling
Passive cooling is the process of cooling a space or building without use of energy input. Some of the walkways outside of the 2022 stadiums will be passively cooled. Passive cooling can be used in combination with other methods and leads to reduction of energy-intensive cooling systems. For some spaces inside buildings, passive cooling may be sufficient for achieving the desired air quality and comfort levels.

                                                                                                       Mechanical ventilation system.

6.       Mechanical ventilation
Mechanical ventilation involves the supply of outdoor air to, or removal of room air from, a building using electrically powered fans. There are three basic types of mechanical ventilation systems: one that relies on outdoor air brought into the building, one which discharges indoor air, and a balanced system which uses both.

7.       Hybrid ventilation
This two-mode system combines the best aspects of natural and mechanical ventilation at different times of the day or season of the year to provide a comfortable indoor environment and good air quality.

                                                                                                                 Refrigeration cycle.

8.       Refrigeration
This process involves moving heat from one location to another. This cycle is used in most household refrigerators as well as in many large commercial and industrial refrigeration systems. Basically heat is taken from the space that needs cooling and rejected to the outside environment with the help of electrically driven compressor systems in most cases.

9.       District cooling systems
Any group of buildings with large cooling needs normally requires a district cooling system. This means the centralised production and distribution of cooling energy. Chilled water is delivered via an underground insulated pipeline to office, industrial and residential buildings to cool the indoor air of the buildings within a ‘district’.

10.       Air Conditioning
Given that this technology allows the control of air flow and temperature precisely, cooling units will be incorporated into stadiums. However, air conditioning will mainly be used in conjunction with more energy-efficient cooling methods as part of a ‘hybrid’ solution.

The range of solutions that the SC continues to investigate and actively develop is a testament to the commitment to find sustainable innovation in cooling technology. Considering the number of nations with similar climates that could benefit from this technology once the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ is over, this will also leave a considerable legacy after the tournament.



Main image caption: An example of cooling technology used by the SC at the Brazil 2014 Fan Zone at Katara.

Images & text courtesy: Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC)


Design plans revealed for new FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium

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The design of the new Al Khor Stadium and precinct — a proposed venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar — was unveiled by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and the Aspire Zone Foundation in Qatar yesterday.

The name and design for the new 60,000-seat stadium and precinct in Al Khor was announced at a press conference held at Al Khor Sports Club. The stadium and surrounding precinct will now officially be known as Al Bayt, Al Khor City. The unveiling of the new name and design was marked by an event for the local community that focused on the future vision of Al Khor for the local residents and the neighbouring communities.

Initial works are already underway on the new stadium, which is a proposed semi-final venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and has an expected completion date of 2018.

The stadium design is an entirely Qatari concept, reflecting Qatar’s proud history and culture. The modular design includes an upper tier of removable seats that will be removed post-tournament, reducing the stadium’s capacity to 32,000 seats. In consultation with FIFA and the global football community, the removed seats will be reconfigured and donated to other countries to leave a legacy for international football development.

Retail spaces and restaurants will sit alongside landscaped paths for use by local residents and there will be dedicated women-only facilities within the complex. In compliance with the Supreme Committee’s aims to host a sustainable FIFA World Cup, Al Bayt stadium and precinct will also incorporate best-practice examples of energy-efficiency and green building materials, with renewable energy being utilised to power the venue.

Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee, said:

The launch of Al Bayt stadium and precinct will honour Qatar’s past, while fully embracing the country’s global future. The launch of the design for our second proposed stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is another milestone of progress, demonstrating our deep commitment to delivering an amazing experience in 2022 and beyond.


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