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15 May 2019 09:55 am

Why will Ras Abu Aboud Stadium be dismantled after 2022 FIFA World Cup?

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Located on the Gulf shores and looking out towards the spectacular West Bay skyline of Doha, the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will be an amazing venue for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup matches leading up to the quarter-finals. The stadium's design was revealed in November 2017; it's construction started towards the end of 2017, and will be completed at the end of 2020. This waterfront stadium is just 1.5km from Hamad International Airport and will be connecting Doha's centre with Al Wakrah, making it easier for fans to watch the matches there..

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, one of the eight FIFA World Cup stadiums, is a pioneering project in the building of stadiums and hosting major sports events. This stadium will be the very first in the history of the FIFA World Cup to be completely dismantled after the World Cup. It's unique and innovative design features shipping containers that will create the effect of extraordinary building blocks, according to QNA.

Why will Ras Abu Aboud Stadium be dismantled?

The main reason for building a stadium with these kind of specifications and then dismantling it after the World Cup is that after the Football tournament in 2022, Qatar will not need eight 40,000-seat stadiums, even though Qatar has a local football league. In light of this, it is a great idea to build the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium which will be able to benefit poorer countries in the future.

Besides repurposing the stadium, there will be an important legacy for Qatar with regards to the infrastructure of sewage networks, roads, water and power stations, which will help any benefit any other developments in the area in the future.

After the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the stadium will be dismantled and redeveloped into a waterfront development for local people to enjoy.

Design and construction of the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium

Ras Abu Aboud stadium is all set to revolutionise future designs of stadiums for those countries that will host the World Cup hosting countries after Qatar, mostly because the design and architecture are based on new and innovative ways of thinking and creativity in the construction field, and based around shortening the construction time and lowering the cost of construction, this helping in the achievement of sustainability which is at the very core of Qatar's National Vision 2030.

Construction time for the stadium will be shorter than it normally takes to build a stadium of this capacity. This will reduce the cost of construction as less building materials are being used which inevitably means less waste on site and lower carbon emissions, and this will help make the project environmentally friendly.

The 40,000-seat stadium is being constructed using shipping containers, removable seats and other modular building blocks', and after it is dismantled, it will be repurposed and its parts will be sent to poor countries where they are be needed for sporting events and can be turned into 20,000-seat stadiums or used for other purposes like multi-use halls or administrative buildings. This will be done, in coordination with FIFA, so that a new standard in sustainability can be set and bold new ideas introduced in the planning of tournament legacy.

Environmentally friendly, easy-to-use and reusable components have been used in the construction of this state-of-the-art football stadium. Concrete has only been used in the foundations of the venue, and the outer structure is designed to use iron and shipping containers. About 100 containers and 27 thousand tons of steel will be used in the stadium's construction, and all parts are number coded to ease the operations of dismantling the stadium and reusing them in other projects later on.

Progress on the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium so far

The concrete foundations for the stadium have been completed and work is underway on its infrastructure, especially with regard to sewage networks and other facilities. As time goes by, there will be a significant increase in the construction as steel structures and shipping containers are installed and shipping containers which form the building blocks of this spectacular stadium.

Cover image credit: Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy