Contractors are waiting to hear whether Doha will still build sporting venues that it was planning to build for the 2020 Olympics.
On 23 May, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) rejected bids from Doha and the Azerbaijan capital Baku to host the 2020 Olympics as it cut the list of five applicant cities to a final list of three candidate cities. Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo will now compete for the rights to host the 2020 Games.
The Qatar Olympic Committee invited selected contractors to express interest in the Al-Thumama multi-purpose sports hall at Lusail to the north of Doha. The hall was the second Olympic facility that contractors have been approached for this year. In February, contractors were asked to express interest in construction contracts for a new venue at the Al-Sadd sports club, close to the Al-Waab intersection in Doha.
The Al-Thumama project involved building a 19,132-seater multi-purpose hall with 16,432 fixed and 2,700 retractable seats for basketball, volleyball and handball games. It will have a basement and five above ground levels, with a mezzanine between the ground and the first floor. The built-up area is 107,650 square metres.
The Al-Sadd facility is designed for basketball, volleyball, handball, badminton and gymnastics, with a total seating capacity of 7,500. The hall will have a total built-up area of 52,200 square metres and will consist of five levels and basement car parking. The two packages that will be tendered on that project are for the enabling works and main building works and site infrastructure.
While there is uncertainty over the Olympic projects, contractors are confident that schemes planned for 2022 Fifa World Cup will still go ahead. Qater secured the rights to host the tournament in late 2010 and involves building stadiums, hotels, and a metro system.
The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, which is overseeing the World Cup infrastructure programme, has invited companies to prequalify for a contract to provide lead consultancy and masterplanning services for the first of the new stadiums planned for hosting the World Cup.
Companies have until 14 May to submit prequalification entries for the consultancy contract for a stadium that will be used to host the World Cup in 2022. This is the second contract for the first stadium that the Supreme Committee has invited firms to submit interest in. The committee has also invited companies to prequalify for the project management contract for the planned stadium. Project management firms also have until 14 May to submit prequalification entries.
Qatar will spend $4bn on building nine new stadiums and upgrading the upgrading the existing Al-Rayyan, Al-Gharafa and Khalifa stadiums in preparation for hosting the event. The largest new stadium planned is the Lusail Iconic Stadium, which will have a capacity of more than 86,000 people and is to be used for the opening and closing matches.
For the metro, Qatar Railways Company (Qrail) has placed prequalified contractors for the Doha metro project into four groups to bid for tunnel packages and an additional group to bid for the two major stations planned.
The rail company has prequalified 18 consortiums and has placed the prequalifiers into five different groups containing a maximum of eight consortiums. The consortiums will bid against the other prequalified firms for the contract specific to that package. The first four tunnelling packages are for the Red Line North, Red Line South, Green Line and the Golden Line.
The station package consists of the two major terminals planned for the Msheireb Downtown Doha development and Education City.