Big strides are being made at the Al Wakrah World Cup stadium site, as construction on the venue’s “superstructure” progresses, organizers have said.
A few months earlier, organizers mentioned that the stands are now beginning to rise from the ground.
Additionally, several cranes are going up to help build the steel structure of the stadium.
The 40,000 capacity arena will host the quarter finals of the 2022 World Cup.
The progress so far
By the end of this year, workers will tackle the foundation before getting started on the stadium structure, according to project manager Thani Al Zarraa.
The main contractor MIDMAC, which is a joint venture with PORR Qatar and Six Construction, will soon install six tower cranes around the site.
One of them weighs a massive 40 tonnes and five others, 20 tonnes each.
In a statement, Al Zarraa added:
“Works have also commenced on the mess hall for the construction workers on site, which are currently near 400. We are also working on additional site offices that will have an area for stadium models.”
Earlier this year, the Al Wakrah Stadium attained an added layer of significance following the death of reputed architect Zaha Hadid, who had designed the venue.
She had been inspired by the traditional dhow boats used by pearl divers from the region, and her stadium features a steel structure that mirrors the inside of a dhow.
What to expect
In addition to hosting the games, the arena of Al Wakrah stadium will be the future home of Al Wakrah Sports Club.
There will also be a new sports center and community hub, the SCDL said.
The precinct will have space for a range of community facilities. They include a park, mosque, school, hotel, wedding hall, vocational training center and retail outlets.
Al Wakrah Stadium is on track to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2018.
After 2022, the stadium will be reduced to 20,000 seats, with the upper tiers sent to developing countries in need of sporting infrastructure.