Doha appoints local contractors for World Cup work

30 May 2017

Locations for the training facilities include Aspire Zone, Qatar University, Doha Gulf Course, Al-Sailiya and the West Bay area

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SCDL) has appointed two local firms for work on a number of training sites for the Fifa World Cup in 2022.

The local Nakheel Landscapes and Gulf Contracting will work on the facilities, which will be completed by 2019.

According to a statement from SCDL, some of the chosen locations include Aspire Zone, Qatar University, Doha Gulf Course, Al-Sailiya and the West Bay area, with public sports grounds and parks included in the legacy planning for the facilities.

Each training site will consist of two Fifa-compliant floodlit natural grass pitches, ancillary facilities and changing rooms as well as team parking areas and spectator areas for public training sessions.

The total number of training facilities is still to be decided, said the statement.

Earlier this month, MEED reported that Qatar is in negotiations with a number of Chinese contractors for various world cup-related schemes.

Doha is considering a Chinese contractor for its Ras Abu Abood stadium. Other governing bodies are also in talks with Chinese firms for various schemes that need to be ready in time for the tournament in 2022.

It is not clear what type of contract the authorities will sign for the stadium, but earlier this year MEED reported that SCDL is considering delivering the stadium using a public private partnership (PPP) model.

The Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, which is also known as the Fourth Precinct, will be developed near to Hamad International airport in the Ras Abu Aboud area. The consultant is US-based Populous while the project manager is Turner International.

Sources have told MEED that Qatar is keen on striking a deal with various Chinese firms for a number of infrastructure and real estate projects that will serve the tournament. It is understood that Qatar is keen on developing the precinct areas surrounding each stadium under the PPP model.

The country’s PPP law is expected to be finalised later this year. 

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