A Qatar/Turkey joint venture has been selected as the main contractor for the seventh 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium
Qatar’s well respected and widely recognised architectural and engineering consulting firm, Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB), was confirmed in 2015 as the Design & Construction Supervision Consultant for the 40,000 seater Al Thumama stadium.
A proposed venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, the Al Thumama is the seventh stadium for which the main construction contract has been awarded.
Located just minutes from Hamad International Airport and in the centre of the urban development of Qatar’s capital Doha, the venue is planned for completion by 2020.
The stadium will host FIFA World Cup matches up to the quarter-final stage.
At the announcement SC Secretary General, H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, said : “We are delighted to award the main contract to AlJaber Engineering and Tekfen as a Joint-Venture.
“The stadium in Al Thumama is located in one of the most rapidly developing areas of Doha. Once ready, the stadium and its surrounding precinct will not only become one of the capital’s central sporting arenas, but will also serve the local community as a central community destination.”
He added: “I am confident that the signing of Al Jaber Engineering and Tekfen Construction, one of the leading construction companies in Turkey, will deliver an outstanding, legacy-oriented stadium for a historic tournament.”
The stadium is located in an area of 515,400m² that already comprises four outdoor training pitches and office facilities currently used by the Qatar Football Association Technical Committee.
The stadium will be part of the legacy plan, where the capacity will be reduced by 20,000 seats post tournament, as part of the SC’s modular stadium legacy plans.
Eng. Hilal Al-Kuwari, Technical Delivery Office chairman at the SC, said: “We’re pleased to bring together two firms as reputable as AlJaber and Tekfen to deliver such an important project for the SC and Qatar
“The awarding of this contract represents another important project milestone, coming at a significant time as Qatar and the SC move beyond the half-way point in its World Cup journey. The appointment of a local company in this joint venture also demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the economic legacy for Qatar, post 2022.”
Lead Partner of the JV, Osama Hadid, CEO of AlJaber Engineering Company, said at the award: “We are thankful the SC has entrusted us with the responsibility of constructing such an important development for the City of Doha and the communities that thrive in the district of Al Thumama.
“Being a Qatari company we are proud to build such a strategically important venue for this historic tournament. We will ensure delivery of a stadium that makes the residents of Al Thumama and the wider Doha community proud when it opens its doors for the tournament in 2022.”
Speaking at the award, Levent Kafkasli, president of Tekfen Construction, said: “On behalf of Tekfen Construction and all of its employees, I would like to thank the SC for entrusting us with the task of delivering such an important stadium for the city of Doha and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
“Turkey already has strong relations with Qatar and we are honoured to further strengthen this relationship by joining hands with our Qatari Joint-Venture partner, AlJaber Engineering Company.”
For his part, Ibrahim M. Jaidah, AEB’s GCEO and chief architect, said: “We are honoured to be part of Al Thumama Stadium as design architects. This achievement for a local company shows the benefits that hosting the World Cup has created for local companies to take part in a tournament that will be viewed by millions, for the first time in the Middle East.
“The Arab Engineering Bureau is the first consulting office in Qatar in 1966. AEB has been awarded many local and international awards for reflecting the Qatari and Islamic identity in its modern designs.”
Construction on the Al Thumama stadium began in in mid-2016, with TiME Qatar as the project managers and recently, levelling and grading works were completed by Boom Construction, and the stadium design will be launched in 2017.