The historic Khalifa International Stadium is one step closer to being the first proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ to be completed.

With the concrete structure approaching conclusion and new levels of seating areas adding to the height of the stadium, approximately 90 per cent of the structural concrete has been laid and is expected to be fully completed within two months. 

Located in Al Rayyan Municipality, Khalifa International Stadium has long played a leading role in Qatar’s development as a premier host of major sporting events. The Aspire Zone Foundation, one of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC)’s stakeholders, is leading construction works on Khalifa International Stadium.

Engineer Mansoor Saleh B. Al – Muhannadi, Project Manager at Aspire Zone Foundation, said: “We are very happy with the rapid progress of renovation works at the site. Khalifa International Stadium is moving to new heights with structural work in concrete and steel, and the vertical structure is now at level eight while strengthening works are also underway. We expect the stadium to be handed over by the main contractor at the end of 2016.”

The arc and undulating roof of Khalifa International Stadium are visible from afar, providing a prominent introduction to the Aspire Zone. The large arch on the Eastern side which was used as a platform for the launch of fireworks during the 2006 Doha Asian Games opening ceremony has already been removed, and is currently being replaced by two arches which are further visible signs of progress on the site.

Originally built as a 20,000-seater stadium in 1976, Khalifa International Stadium hosted the Gulf Cup that year. It returned to hosting prominence in 1992, receiving an upgrade to once-more host the Gulf Cup. The stadium is currently undergoing a comprehensive renovation to host the FIFA World Cup, which includes adding a new building to the east wing, and building a single roof to cover the whole seating area.

The venue shall fit 40,000 spectators and be completely cooled, including the field of play, all seats and concourses. The redevelopment will allow the stadium to host group stage, round of 16 and quarter-final matches.

According to the contractor, work continues to advance with a priority placed on health and safety practices on site, with around 3,300 construction workers having completed a total of 3,234,709 man-hours worked without recordable accidents.

The skeleton of the new stadium is on track for completion by the end of the year. Meanwhile, a new tent which will cover approximately 70 per cent of the stadium was fabricated in the USA and is currently being assembled in Mexico. It will soon be shipped to Doha to be fixed using cabling made in Germany. So far around 42,000 cubic metres of structural concrete have been poured.

Ghanim Al Kuwari, Supreme Committee’s Competition Venues Executive Director, added: “With this renovation, the stadium will not only be refurbished, but also enhanced with new features, maintaining its position as a global sports centre and also improving its role as a focal point for the local community.”

The venue will house the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum. Food courts, shops, multi-purpose rooms, VIP lounges and a health centre will also be available on the upper and lower concourses to be built in the East wing. In addition to this, a new road network along with two new metro stations in the surrounding area will connect the stadium to public transport.