16 Jun 2017 - 2:06
2022 World Cup work progressing normally: SC
The construction work for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup is progressing normally according to the schedule without any effect due to the crisis that was created by some neighbouring countries, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) said.
In an interview with QNA and a number of news wires and global media outlets at the site of Qatar 2022 host venue Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, SC Competition Venues Executive Director Ghanim Ali Al Kuwari said there is no impact whatsoever on work progress at any of the Qatar 2022 host venues after the current diplomatic crisis.
Al Kuwari said Al Bayt Stadium is one example, pointing to the construction work there that has been going on normally and has reached an advanced stage, with 45 percent of the venue's main body already finished ahead of its delivery date in the end of 2018.
According to SC plans, alternative sources for construction materials are available and they were used since the diplomatic crisis began so that the work progress isn't affected, he said.
Al Kuwari added that operations didn't rely only on the land port in terms of importing the required construction materials but sea ports and air transport were used much more, noting that some materials were imported through the land crossing but the majority came through the sea. Work on the current projects is moving on using materials that were manufactured in Qatar as well as other materials that were stored along with those that are being imported through sea ports.
Mohamed Al Amin Abdullah, Al Bayt Stadium project manager, explained that the 60,000-seater will host World Cup matches through the semifinals, while the final match will be staged at Lusail Stadium that has a capacity of 80,000.
The project is being constructed over 1.3 million sqm and is executed by Aspire Zone Foundation in cooperation with SC, Abdullah said, adding that the design is inspired by the bayt al sha'ar of nomadic peoples who have etched a living from Qatar's deserts for millennia.