Qatar World Cup stadia take shape

07 August, 2017

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With less than 2,000 days to go until the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, construction is advancing rapidly across all of the stadiums and infrastructure sites for the tournament, organisers say.

After the recent opening of Khalifa International Stadium as the first venue for 2022, seven more stadiums are in different stages of construction, and Al Wakrah Stadium will be among the next to be completed at the end of next year.

Al Wakrah Stadium is rapidly taking shape, with two mega pillars being installed on site as the main support for the roof structure. Over 80% of concrete has been poured already and 100% of the columns in level 2 are also completed.

Two 900-tonne pillars resembling curved hockey sticks will be the main support for the retractable roof of the arena and will be visible to all spectators in the 40,000 seater venue upon completion.

At the site of the tent-inspired 60,000-seater Al Bayt Stadium, over 70% of precast elements have been completed. The upper tier steel structure installation is progressing well in the majority of the stadium sections, while external piling is also on-going to form the main support that will carry the stadium roof and that main tent façade structure.

At Al Rayyan Stadium, 94% of the stadium foundations are complete with over 100,000m3 of concrete and 6,700 tonnes of structural steel used during the concrete pouring phase.

The Qatar Foundation Stadium, located in Doha’s Education City, is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019.

With almost 100 columns erected to date, the stadium that will resemble a diamond in the desert is rapidly rising as the West retaining wall has been completed and six out of seven core walls have been completed in the same area.

Come November 21, 2022, the world’s eyes will be turned to Lusail Stadium, where the opening game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar will be kicking off. Work is under way with the Main Contractor moving ahead with construction for the opening and final match venue.

The location of the seventh stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar will be the Ras Abu Aboud area of Doha.

Al Thumama Stadium, scheduled for completion in 2020, is currently in Main Contractor stage, with a Qatar-Turkey joint venture working to build the venue on the area which also hosted Workers’ Cup matches this year.