Qatar has yet to start work on the three stadiums it needs for the Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup, as authorities admit only five projects have so far have been confirmed.
The Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy office (SCDL) told MEED on 3 February that only five stadiums are confirmed as preparations for the Qatar 2022 Fifa world cup gather pace.
Although it is understood that Fifa regulations stipulate a host nation must deliver a minimum of eight and a maximum of 12 stadiums, Qatar has found itself lagging behind as a source close to the organisers reveals that only five stadiums have been confirmed.
In 2013 a number of megaprojects were announced and the Qataris publicised plans to have 12 stadiums ready for the event. This has since been reconsidered and it is understood only eight will be developed. But as of now, only five stadiums have been confirmed with the construction schedule for many of them unclear.
The stadiums confirmed so far are:
With a capacity of 40,000, smaller than originally planned, it is scheduled for completion by 2018 in time to host matches up to the quarter-final stage. Spains RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects is the design consultants while local firm Astad Project Management is the project manager.
The stadium will have the capacity to seat 45,000 people during the tournament. In May 2013, US firm Aecom was appointed design consultant and the local office of Kuwait-based KEO Consultants as project manager. In January MEED reported that Doha had extended the tender closing date for the contract to 22 March. The previous closing date was 21 December.
The stadium will be modular and once the World Cup is over the upper tiers of the stadium will be removed, leaving a capacity of 32,000. The client received bids from contractors on 27 January for work on the project, with the award expected in the next few months.
This was the first World Cup stadium construction contract and was awarded to a joint venture of Belgiums Six Construct and the local Midmac Contracting Company. The contract involves upgrading the existing Khalifa Stadium and increasing the seating capacity of the stadium to 60,000, from the current 45,000. The consultant is Lebanons Dar al-Handasah. The client is Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence.
A joint venture between US-based Manco and the UKs Buckingham Group Contracting, was awarded the contract for early works and deconstruction. The stadium is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2019 and will have an approximate capacity of 43,000.
Other stadiums that had previously been announced, but not confirmed are the 80,000 seat Lusail stadium in the Umm Salal area as well as the 45,000 seat Doha Port stadium.