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Photo for illustrative purposes only.


Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Work is finally moving forward on Qatar’s flagship World Cup stadium, with organizers naming the main contractor yesterday.

The Lusail Stadium will be built by a joint venture between Qatari firm HBK Contracting Co. (HBK) and China Railway Construction Corp. (CRCC).

The venue is expected to be completed in 2020 and will host the opening and final matches of the 2022 World Cup.

Lusail Stadium rendering, as submitted by Qatar during bid process.

Qatar 2022 Bid Committee

Lusail Stadium rendering, as submitted by Qatar during bid process.

The committee invited contractors to bid on the stadium in May, asking for work to begin this December.

At the time, it set a maximum bid price of QR2.8 billion (US$769 million). No finalized contract amount has been announced.


British architectural firm Fosters + Partners has been working on the design of the venue, which organizers said was completed earlier this year.

It will be revealed in early 2017, the Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) added.

In a statement, Secretary General Hassan Al Thawadi said:

“Lusail Stadium will be the center-piece of our tournament in 2022, and post tournament will become an integral part of the community in Lusail City in the legacy phase.

We look forward to revealing the Qatari-inspired design and detailed legacy plans to the people in Qatar and football fans across the world next year.”

The open-air stadium will be Qatar’s largest, and is expected to seat some 80,000 football fans during the tournament.

It will feature cooling technology like the other seven venues.

The SCDL said that Marafeq has been awarded the cooling agreement for Lusail Stadium, and will provide some 30,000 tons of refrigeration before and during the World Cup.

Lusail City

The under-construction Lusail City is located some 20km north of Doha.

According to the SCDL, the 19-district development will be home to more than 200,000 residents by 2022.

When completed, visitors to the “city of the future” will be able to get around via light rail, water taxi or through a cycle and pedestrian network.

Lusail City rendering


Lusail City rendering

Before then, Qatar is working hard on getting its World Cup stadiums ready.

So far, five tournament venues are under construction: Al Rayyan, Khalifa International, Al Wakrah, Al Bayt Al Khor and Qatar Foundation.

Three more stadiums including Lusail, Ras Abu Aboud and Al Thumama are still in the preliminary stages.

But World Cup organizers said they plan to be “managing eight live construction sites by mid-2017.”


Kone wins contract for elevators, escalators for Lusail light rail

Construction of the Lusail Light Rail Transit (LRT) system is continuing, with the recent award of a contract to Finland-based Kone. The firm will fit out the network’s stations with 49 escalators, 82 elevators and eight moving walk-ways.

Officials have yet to set a launch date for the tram-based transport network, but ridership forecast documents suggest a 2019-2020 opening.

Zaha Hadid's design for the tower in Lusail

Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid’s design for the tower in Lusail

Plans to build two new buildings designed by the late Zaha Hadid in Lusail City will be moving forward, a Qatar-based company has announced.

The structures were among the world-famous architect’s final designs, which she left behind following her death in March.

In a statement yesterday, Al-Alfia Holdings said one of the buildings is a 38-story tower in the Marina district of Lusail.

A desert hyacinth

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A desert hyacinth

Destined to become a 200-room hotel and 120 apartments, the design was inspired by the shape of the desert hyacinth, which grows in the dunes and along the coastlines of the Gulf.

Weather-shielding design

The building has a large nine-pointed base that will shield visitors from the sun as they enter, and a filigreed façade – similar to the one used on the Burj Qatar – that will further protect against the hot summer sun.

Zaha Hadid Architects explained that the building has been designed “in response to current and future environmental challenges.”

“We often look at nature’s systems when we work to create environments; at her unrivaled logic and coherence,” Hadid said in a previous statement about the project.

No details for the second building have been released yet. In its statement, Al-Alfia simply said that it would be built “within the ongoing plan for future development of the city.”

Construction of the first tower, which does not yet have a name, is scheduled to be completed by 2020.