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Posted On: 17 November 2013 08:56 pm
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Developers of First Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 Arena Talk Design at Aspire4Sport

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: The developers of Al Wakrah Stadium, set to be the first of Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022 arenas to be completed, shared details of their design and construction plans on day two of the Aspire4Sport Conference and Exhibition, hosted by Aspire Zone Foundation. During a Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee Update panel discussion at the Coliseum Conference, one of two to be held during the four-day Aspire4Sport event, designers AECOM, who have partnered with Zaha Hadid Architects, shed light on the new-concept design revealed during day one of the conference. “The Al Wakrah Stadium was designed in consultation with FIFA, and succeeds in adhering to its high standards,” said John M. Dionisio, Chairman and CEO of AECOM at the Aspire Dome. “Any alterations we made to the design were to maintain the vision of creating a stadium reflective of Al Wakrah’s heritage. The design of the stadium echoes the area’s fishing and pearl diving heritage, still apparent today as the traditional dhow boats used in this trade continue to dot Al Wakrah’s coast.” The launch of the first conceptual design in the run up to the FIFA World Cup 2022 marks a significant programme delivery milestone for the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee. The early work on Al Wakrah Stadium is set to begin early next year, with ground breaking expected in the fourth quarter of next year after the tender for main contractor is awarded in the second quarter of 2014, he added. The Al Wakrah Stadium, located approximately 15km south of Doha, is due to be completed in 2018. With the capacity to host 40,000 spectators, it has been designed to ensure that the community will continue to benefit from its facilities in the long-term. “The stadium is a multipurpose structure that will be central to Al Wakrah’s society in the future beyond the World Cup in 2022,” said Dionisio. The stadium will include a hospitality village to the east of the arena, maintained at an optimum temperature of 23 degrees Celsius, while the western part of the structure will cater to VIPs, the media and FIFA personnel. - ILQ News -