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Al Rayyan Stadium rendering

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Al Rayyan Stadium rendering

The main construction contract for another 2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar was awarded this week to a joint venture of Qatar-based Al Balagh Trading & Contracting and India’s largest construction firm, Larsen & Toubro Ltd.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) said yesterday that the JV will be tasked with rebuilding Al Rayyan Stadium in three year’s time.

In a statement, SCDL secretary-general Hassan Al Thawadi said:

“This marks an important milestone in our progress and preparations. The impact of this stadium and its surrounding precinct will be felt long before the stadium is finished.”

The committee did not immediately respond to questions about the value of the contract. However, Reuters cited an unnamed government official as pegging the price tag at $135 million.

The upcoming 40,000-seat Al Rayyan Stadium has already received a design award this year from a panel of international sports facility experts.

The stadium’s facade is formed from seven patterns representing different aspects of Qatari culture that blend together to form a single design.

The shapes draw on Islamic geometric influences and are similar to the theme seen in the facade of the Burj Qatar building in West Bay/Dafna.

Structures housing hospitality zones, concession areas and other services will be built to resemble sand dunes and will dot the stadium grounds.

The area around the stadium will include a mosque, aquatics center, shaded walkways, cycling and running tracks, outdoor fitness equipment as well as a new branch of sports medicine service provider Aspetar, the SCDL has said.

Construction

Al Rayyan Stadium is being constructed some 20km west of Doha’s city center on the former site of the now-deconstructed Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium.

The old facility was supposed to be refurbished for the World Cup, but was torn down instead to meet FIFA’s technical requirements.

Demolition of Al Rayyan stadium

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Demolition of Al Rayyan stadium

In addition to demolishing the old facility, construction crews have already been busy excavating at the stadium site in preparation for the main contractors to start work.

By early April, some 210,000 cubic meters of rock and sand had been removed from the area as workers dug down 6m for the foundation, parking areas and new pitch, the SCDL said at the time.

The new Al Rayyan Stadium is scheduled to be completed by 2019, three years before the start of the World Cup.

After the tournament, its capacity will be reduced from 40,000 to 20,000 and the facility will become the new home of the Al-Rayyan Sports Club.

Al Rayyan Stadium design

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Al Rayyan Stadium design

The stadium is one of at least eight that will be used for the World Cup. Five, including Al Rayyan, are currently under construction and all are scheduled to be completed by 2020.

Earlier this week, the SCDL posted a notice in local newspapers asking construction firms to officially indicate their interest in leading the construction of another World Cup stadium.

SCDL did not immediately respond to a request for more information on that project.

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Chantelle D'mello

Photo for illustrative purposes only.

As it continues work on Al Rayyan Road, Qatar’s public works authority has announced the permanent closure of Bin Zaben roundabout at the junction with Bu Erayyen road.

The closure takes effect at 1am tomorrow, Nov. 6. A new three-lane, signal-controlled intersection will replace the roundabout, but will not open until around 11am.

Ashghal has thus warned motorists to use alternative routes during Friday’s morning hours.

Bin Zaben roundabout closure

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Bin Zaben roundabout closure

Bu Erayyen runs north-south parallel to the Doha Expressway and is a popular route that links Al Waab with Al Rayyan and Education City.

The old route will be closed from Lekhiwaya roundabout on Bu Erayyen until Lebdaya roundabout, which connects with Al Rayyan Al Ateek St.

A new, parallel road will be opened that Ashghal said should improve capacity and reduce congestion in the area.

The new intersection and adjacent roads have been expanded from two to three lanes in each direction and will be in place until the construction of a new, multi-level intersection at the junction is created.

Al Rayyan Road

Ashghal is in the midst of a QR4.5 billion overhaul of 8.2km of Al Rayyan Road, which is one of Doha’s east-west artery routes, as part of a wider national program to upgrade major roads throughout the country.

Al Rayyan Expressway project

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Al Rayyan Expressway project

 

The road will be redeveloped as an eight lane highway, with signal-controlled intersections, underpasses, flyovers and a central median. Side roads and service roads will also be revamped as part of the program.

Rendering of new Bin Zaben intersection

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Rendering of new Bin Zaben intersection

This work is part of phase two of the project, which takes in the 5.3km stretch of road between Sports roundabout near the Women’s Hospital in the east and the New Al Rayyan roundabout in the west.

In this section, six new intersections will be created – the Al Messila interchange, the Al Rayyan interchange, the Khalid bin Abdullah al-Attiyah interchange at Al Rayyan Road, the Old Rayyan interchange at Huwar Street (Furosiya) and the Lebdii interchange at Bu Erayyen road, in addition to Bin Zaben interchange.

A further 5.4km of side and service roads will be revamped in the reconstruction of the route.

Phase 2 is expected to be finished by fall 2017, Ashghal said last year when it announced the start of the project.

Phase one – the 2.9km portion of road between the Bani Hajer Roundabout at Al Luqta Street in the west and the New Al Rayyan Roundabout at Furousiya Street and Huwar Street in the east – began in early 2014.

That upgrade is expected to be complete by fall 2016.

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Chantelle D'mello / Doha News

Photo for illustrative purposes only.

As part of ongoing work to reduce traffic congestion across town, Ashghal has announced two separate sets of traffic diversions – one on E-Ring Road and another at the Al Rayyan interchange.

The first set of road works will take place at the Al Thumama roundabout, where Najma Street intersects with E-Ring Road, as the state’s public works authority converts the junction to a signal-controlled intersection.

Diversions around Al Thumama roundabout

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Diversions around Al Thumama roundabout

Starting tomorrow (Sept. 29), one lane in each direction on 400m stretches of both Najma Street and E-Ring Road will be closed for four months and a temporary roundabout will be constructed to divert traffic around the works, Ashghal said in a statement.

The reconstruction of the roundabout is part of a wider program of work in and around the busy Najma area, which includes widening E-Ring Road and Najma Street and upgrading drainage networks, as well as creating pedestrian and cyclist paths, street lighting, and landscaping.

Ashghal announced its plans for the area last November, when it launched the bidding process for the project.

Najma Street

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Najma Street

The package of works included converting three roundabouts in the area to intersections, in line with a wider program throughout Doha to get rid of roundabouts, which are often the site of accidents as traffic has significantly increased in the city over the last few years.

Ashghal has also deployed “smart” traffic signals at 70 key intersections, in a bid to better control the flow of traffic, particularly during rush hours. They are expected to be rolled out across the city.

As a popular residential area and one of the more established parts of town, Najma has been trying to cope in recent years with increasing traffic, which creates gridlock during peak hours, as well as an out-of-date sewage system.

Ashghal has been upgrading the sewer network, which has necessitated closing several roads in the area, over the last three months.

Al Rayyan diversions

Starting today, Ashghal has also announced diversions on a service road that runs parallel to the Expressway, just south of its intersection with the Al Rayyan Road at the Al Rayyan roundabout.

Diversions by Al Rayyan Roundabout

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Diversions by Al Rayyan Roundabout

sTraffic will be diverted on to a parallel road, with the same number of lanes.

The diversion is to allow the construction of a bridge that will link Al Rayyan Road to Al Shamal Road via Al Amir Street, as part of the second phase works of Al Rayyan Road upgrade project aimed at improving traffic flow in the area, Ashghal said in a statement.

Overall, Ashghal is upgrading nearly 10km of Al Rayyan Road to expand it to four lanes in each direction, with signal-controlled intersections, underpasses, flyovers and a central median. Side roads and service roads will also be revamped of the program.

Al Rayyan Expressway project

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Al Rayyan Expressway project

Announced in January last year, the project has been divided into two phases.

Work on the first section, which includes the 2.9km portion of road between the Bani Hajer Roundabout at Al Luqta Street in the west and the New Al Rayyan Roundabout at Furousiya Street and Huwar Street in the east started in early 2014.  That upgrade is expected to be completed by fall 2016.

Meanwhile, Al Rayyan Road Eastern portion takes in the 5.3km stretch of road between Sports roundabout near the Women’s Hospital in the east and the New Al Rayyan roundabout in the west. It is set to be finished in 2017.

Busy airport

E-Ring Road is a popular route for those traveling to the airport, particularly when the Corniche is backed-up with traffic.

Last night, Hamad International Airport was busy as Hajj pilgrims and travelers who took advantage of the Eid break began to return.

Hamad International Airport terminal

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Hamad International Airport terminal

Three groups of Qatari pilgrims returned to Doha yesterday afternoon and early evening, according to Qatar’s head of the mission, Dr. Abdus Salam Al Qahtani, the Peninsula reported.

The arrivals hall was packed with family and friends, armed with bunches of flowers, to greet the pilgrims on their safe return.

Qatar Tourism Authority representatives were also handing out flowers to those arriving at the airport yesterday, to mark World Tourism Day.

They gave away 2,017 roses, produced by Roza Hassad, to visitors and returning residents to celebrate Qatar winning the rights to host World Tourism Day in 2017.

As a result of the extra traffic, there were long lines of people waiting for taxis at the airport yesterday evening, and the taxi rank was at times congested with cars loading up passengers.

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