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Qatar World Cup Venue to be ready by the year-end

Designed by the renowned Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, the Qatar World Cup venue will be ready towards the end of 2018, said officials responsible for the project.
Al Wakrah Stadium has the capacity to seat 40,000 members, and likely to be one of the two further 2022 venues completed this year.

Building work on the Al-Bayt Stadium is also likely to be complete by December. This implies that Qatar will spend nearly $500 million per week on World Cup projects, which would have built nearly half of its proposed eight venues with four years, still to go to the tournament.

The Khalifa International Stadium, which is also the venue for the 2019 World Athletic Championship was completed last year. Towards the end of this year, it would be ready for use, said Thani Al-Zarraa, Project Manager, Al-Wakrah.

One major task is to fit the stadium’s distinctive retractable roof, which resembles the sails of a traditional dhow fishing boat, comprising about 1400 pieces, to be pre-assembled in Italy and shipped to Qatar.

Zarraa further said that when complete, the 2022 World Cup officials will trial the stadium with ‘test matches’, including potential international friendlies.

Al-Wakrah would be used during the World Cup for games upto and including quarter-finals.

The stadium was designed by Hadid before her death in March 2016. Her other popular works include Guangzhou Opera House in China, the Bergisel Ski Jump and the Aquatics Centre for the 2012 London Olympics.

Posted on 8/2/2018

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