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Al Wakrah Stadium to reflect heritage

THE Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee appointed KEO and AECOM as the project manager and design consultant respectively for the 45,000-capacity at the new Al Wakrah Stadium.

Its top tiers will be modular. Following the World Cup, the capacity will be reduced to 20,000, with 25,000 seats removed, donated and reconstructed in co-ordination with FIFA in countries that require assistance in developing sports infrastructure.

The host city’s cultural heritage and adjacent historical Qatari settlement of Al Wukair are incorporated into the design of the Wakrah Stadium.

“This is an important step for us as we deliver on our innovative hosting concept,” said Supreme Committee Secretary General Hassan Al Thawadi.

“We’re looking forward to working with our partners on the Al Wakrah Stadium to construct an amazing sporting facility. We’re delighted with the sustainable legacy that this stadium, as well as forthcoming ones, will leave behind for Qatar and the world,” he added.

“In the coming months, we’ll announce the project manager and design consultant for the Al Rayyan Stadium,” he added.

Qatar ’22 Programme Management Consultant CH2M HILL will supervise both KEO and AECOM to ensure the successful delivery of the Wakrah Stadium.

Meanwhile, the South African Embassy in Qatar, and Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa, in association with the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, organised a two-day 2010 World Cup Legacy Exhibition at the St Regis hotel in Doha.

The exhibition brought to Qatar 40 of the South African companies, which played key roles in the success of the first World Cup on the African continent.

A World Stadium Congress, which discusses the latest trends in energy efficient, secure and environment-friendly venues, is being held at the Torch Doha hotel.

The three-day event will conclude on Wednesday.