Officials state that Qatar’s stadium construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup are on track and on schedule.
Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary- General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) said the nearly four-month long siege has not affected tournament-related construction projects.
“Our projects are on track and on schedule. The projects are delivered on time. This is one of the milestone (Al Thumama Stadium). Recently we finished another milestone with the opening of the Khalifa International Stadium.”
SC officially launched the Al Thumama Stadium design on August 20. It was the 6th one to be unveiled, and follows Al Wakrah Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Rayyan Stadium, and Qatar Foundation Stadium.
The stadium is designed by prominent Qatari architect Ibrahim Al Jaidah, will host 40,000 fans and is set for completion in 2020. Khalifa International Stadium, Qatar’s first tournament venue, was officially opened by the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the Emir Cup Final in May 2017.
“In terms of stadium progress or stadium construction and infrastructure requirements for the World Cup, progress is on the right track,” he added in response to a question whether the blockade has delayed World Cup related projects.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAEs and Egypt cut ties with the World Cup host triggering a political crisis in the Gulf.
“We are on track to complete two more stadiums in 2018. One stadium design will come out this year and the next one will follow. And as I said all our projects are on schedule,” added Thawadi.
“Every tournament has its own unique way and flavour representing its culture. The 2022 FIFA World Cup is about the Middle-East culture. It’ll bring together the East and West.
“From the beginning, we’ve been telling that this World Cup is for the Middle East and Arab world. And it’s critical to showcase the richness of the Arab heritage, culture hospitality to the outside,” Al Thawadi said.