First Qatar stadium construction contract to be awarded next year

The organising body of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup has announced that a construction contract for the first of its tournament stadia will be awarded next year.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) said construction of the 40,000-seater Al Wakrah Stadium is “moving at a significant pace”, with enabling works currently being conducted and completion slated in 2018.

“Progress on the ground is well underway, with the bowl of the stadium currently being dug out and the precinct now visible on Google Earth,” the statement said.

Organisers also revealed that more than 50 staff have now moved into the newly completed Al Wakrah Stadium site offices.

The staff on-site includes project management consultants KEO and design consultants AECOM. Over the next 12 months the number of on-site staff will increase to 200.

Ghanim Al Kuwari, the SC’s competition venues director, said: “This is a very important move and highlights our organisation’s commitment to delivering stadiums. Our team is together now and sharing the same office. This is a clear sign that our mega project is making significant progress.”