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Posted On: 20 January 2020 06:24 pm
Updated On: 11 January 2022 03:24 pm

Top 5 mega projects underway in Qatar

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With the FIFA World Cup in Qatar now only a few years away, massive infrastructures are also underway. These developments will not just support the country in serving the fans of the World Cup but will also help the tourism of the country and quality of life of residents after the historic event. So what are the top five mega projects that you need to watch out for in Qatar in the coming years? Scroll down to find our picks!

1. FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ stadiums

With two stadiums for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ already fully-operational, the other six are expected to be up and running by 2021. These are:

  • Khalifa International Stadium (completed)
  • Al Janoub Stadium (completed)
  • Al Rayyan Stadium
  • Al Bayt Stadium
  • Al Thumama Stadium
  • Education City Stadium
  • Lusail Stadium
  • Ras Abu Aboud Stadium
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The new Al Rayyan Stadium which is built on the site of Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium will have a unique glowing facade with geometric shapes telling the story of Qatar. According to the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, "after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ has come to a close, almost half of the stadium's 40,000 modular seats will be removed and given to football development projects abroad."

The Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor takes the shape of a giant tent of Qatar's nomadic tribes in the desert. This stadium will have a 60,000 seating capacity and a retractable roof system.

Al Thumama's design is patterned after the gahfiya, a traditional cap worn by males in the Middle East. After the world cup, a branch of the world-renowned Aspetar Sports Clinic a boutique hotel will open on-site.

Education City Stadium has a geometric diamond-shaped facade, hence its nickname, 'Diamond in the Desert'. It is the third stadium slated to open. Like Al Thumama Stadium, its capacity will be reduced in half after the World Cup, with the seats donated to build stadiums in developing countries.

Top: Lusail Stadium; Bottom: Ras Abu Aboud Stadium; Image source:

The 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium will be one of the most important stadiums because it will host the opening and final of the World Cup 2022. After the games are over, the seats will be donated and the stadium will be transformed into a multi-purpose community hub.

What's remarkable about Ras Abu Aboud Stadium is that it's being constructed using shipping containers and modular steel elements. As a sign of Qatar's commitment to sustainability, it will be entirely dismantled and repurposed after the World Cup 2022. It is built on the shores of the Gulf and will overlook the Doha skyline.

READ MORE: Qatar's FIFA World Cup stadiums progress in 2019

2. Sharq Crossing

Image source: Ashghal

This massive infrastructure project was announced in 2013 and was supposed to begin construction by 2015. It was removed off the priority list until late last year when Ashghal announced that the project will be re-launched, as indicated in Qatar's 2020 budget proposal.

The $12 billion Sharq crossing project starts implementation in the third quarter of 2020 and will involve three extensions interconnected by subsea tunnels.

The Sharq Crossing is considered one of the most important infrastructure projects in Qatar and is considered a strategic hub for the main roads in the country.

Here's what to expect from this project:

  • three bridges, two immersed tunnels with a total length of approx. 6 km and three cut-and-cover tunnels.
  • bridges that connect to each other through a water tunnel with a total length of 12 km above sea level, linking Ras Bu Abboud Street and the West Bay area in only 7 minutes.
  • will serve roads linking to Ras Abu Aboud Stadium and Lusail Stadium.
  • will make it easy to reach Katara
  • water tunnel up to 1 km in length to ensure the continuity of the navigation movement of ships in a smooth manner without hindering the passage of ships over the tunnel.

Sharq Crossing is designed by world-renowned Architect and Engineer Santiago Calatrava.

3. Lusail City

Image credit: Lusail/Facebook

This futuristic sustainable city, the flagship project of Qatari Diar, will be one of the largest development projects in Qatar. The estimated $45 billion project is set to extend to an area of 38 square kilometers and will include four exclusive islands and 19 multi-purpose residential, mixed-use, entertainment, and commercial districts. It is also projected to have a total estimated capacity of 450,000 people.

The city will have its own Tram network to reduce vehicular emission and save energy. It will be connected to the Doha Metro and will have four lines interconnecting the districts within Lusail City.

Katara Towers at Lusail Marina District will be the future hospitality landmark in the smart city, with its design taking inspiration from the emblem of Qatar. When completed, the hotel will house the first 6-star hotel in Qatar.

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Other notable projects within Lusail that are worth watching out for are Media City, Energy City, and Place Vendome Mall.

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4. Mega water reservoir project

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The Water Security Mega Reservoirs Project once completed will have 5 mega potable water reservoirs and interconnecting pipelines, with additional reservoirs in the second phase. According to KAHRAMAA, the objective of the Water Security Mega Reservoirs Project is to provide the 7 days of potable water storage in the new mega reservoirs and the existing and future secondary reservoirs preserving the water quality as per Kahramaa and World Health Organization (WHO) standards.

The QR14.5bn project will be the largest of its kind in the world and is projected to have an ultimate total storage capacity of about 3,800 million gallons of water after expansion.

5. Hamad Airport expansion

Image credit: @HIAQatar/Twitter

A stunning 10,000 sqm indoor tropical garden and a 268 sqm water feature will be the centerpiece of the Hamad International expansion. Construction is expected to commence early 2020 for Phase A which will comprise of the central concourse linking concourses D and E. After Phase B, the airport’s capacity will be increased to more than 60 million passengers annually.

Other features to expect from the expansion will be a new cargo terminal, new transfer area, 9,000 sqm of world-class Al Mourjan lounge, and 11,720 sqm of landscaped retail and F&B space.

Sources: Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Lusail, KAHRAMAA, Ashghal, HIA

Feature image: Qetaifan Projects

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