Value: $4bn

Client

Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee

Christian Quintero, project manager

Tel: (+974) 4 475 2566

Consultant

Albert Speer & Partner

Axel Bienhaus, project manager

Tel: (+49) 69 605 0110

Much of Qatar’s emerging construction boom is being driven by preparations for football’s Fifa World Cup, which the country will host in 2022.

Qatar will need to have infrastructure in place for at least 400,000 fans, and must have transport links and accommodation before the first game kicks off. It has pledged to have 90,000 hotel rooms available.

The most obvious manifestation of Qatar’s World Cup investment programme, however, is the stadiums where the matches will be played. Three of these will be existing stadiums upgraded and nine will be built from scratch. Most venues will be modular, and after the World Cup, Qatar will remove 279,305 seats from the facilities. There are plans to send 170,000 of these to developing countries.

Stadium costs and seating capacities
Stadium Cost ($m) Seating for World Cup Seating after World Cup
Al-Khor 251 45,330 25,500
Al-Rayyan* 135 44,740 21,282
Al-Shamal 251 45,120 25,500
Al-Wakrah 286 45,120 25,500
Doha Port 202 44,950 0
Education City 287 45,350 25,000
El-Gharafa* 135 44,740 21,175
Khalifa* 71 68,030 68,030
Lusail Iconic 662 86,250 20,000
Qatar University 300 43,520 23,500
Sports City 883 47,560 47,560
Umm Slal 251 45,120 25,500
*=Upgrade to existing stadium. Sources: MEED Projects; Hukoomi

The football tournament is scheduled to be played during Qatar’s hottest months – June and July – when temperatures seldom fall below 37 degrees Celsius during the afternoon, or below 31 degrees Celsius at night. Cooling the stadiums will be a major challenge and one that project owner, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee plans to address with cooling systems powered by clean, renewable technology, to achieve the first carbon-neutral Fifa World Cup.

London-based Arup Associates built a 500-seat model stadium to demonstrate the viability of such a plan to Fifa’s inspection team in September 2010. When the team visited, the outside temperature was 44 degrees Celsius and it was 23 degrees Celsius on the pitch.

It has yet to be seen if this success can be scaled up to keep more than 85,000 fans and players comfortable during the tournament’s first match in the Lusail Iconic stadium. It is the biggest facility Qatar will use and has been designed by UK architecture firm Foster & Partners.

The stadiums are currently in the design stage, although project management consultancy contracts have been awarded for the infrastructure works to Germany’s Albert Speer & Partner, the megaproject’s lead consultant. The main construction contracts on the first stadiums will be tendered in 2013 and 2014. The construction contract for the Education City stadium is expected to be released in the second half of 2013 and construction could start before the end of the year.

Key dates

December 2010

Fifa announces Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup

April 2011

Government forms Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee

January 2012

Atkins appointed by Municipality & Urban Planning Ministry to set up Central Planning Office

March 2013

Design and completion for Education City stadium

June 2013

Main tender issue for Education City stadium

August 2013

Main contract commercial bid submission for Education City stadium

November 2013

Main contract award for Education City stadium

January 2014

Design and feed completion on Sports City stadium

February 2014

Design and feed completion for Al-Wakrah stadium

July 2014

Main contract tender issue for Al-Rayyan, Al-Wakrah, Lusail Iconic and Sports City stadiums

October 2014

Main contract commercial bid submission for Al-Rayyan, Al-Wakrah, Lusail Iconic and Sports City stadiums

November 2014

Design and feed completion on Al-Khor, Al-Shamal, Doha Port, El-Gharafa, Khalifa, Qatar University and Umm Slal stadiums

January 2015

Main contract award for Al-Rayyan, Al-Wakrah, Lusail Iconic and Sports City stadiums

February 2015

Main contract tender issue for Al-Khor, Al-Shamal, Doha Port, Khalifa, Qatar University and Umm Slal stadiums

March 2015

Main contract tender issue for El-Gharafa stadium

May 2015

Main contract commercial bid submission for Khalifa stadium

June 2015

Main contract commercial bid submission for Al-Khor, Al-Shamal, Doha Port, El-Gharafa, Qatar University and Umm Slal stadiums

September 2015

Main contract award for El-Gharafa and Khalifa stadiums

October 2015

Main contract award for Al-Khor, Al-Shamal, Doha Port, Qatar University and Umm Slal stadiums

December 2015

Main contract completion of Education City stadium

October 2019

Main contract completion of Al-Khor, Al-Rayyan, Al-Shamal, Al-Wakrah, Doha Port, El-Gharafa, Khalifa, Lusail Iconic, Qatar University, Sports City and Umm Slal stadiums

Source: MEED Projects