EXCLUSIVE: Qatar still in talks with Chinese firms for world cup work

21 August 2017

Negotiations started earlier this year for various World Cup work

Qatar is still in negotiations with a number of Chinese contractors for various world cup-related schemes, local sources have told MEED.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) is considering appointing 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.

Negotiations started earlier this year, but the authorities have failed to come to an agreement with a number of firms.

An award for the Ras Abu Abood stadium is expected by the end of the year, sources have told MEED.

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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