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Qatar to create new waterfront neighbourhood around World Cup 2022 stadium

Ras Abu Aboud stadium will be one of the first ever designed from the beginning with the ability to transform into a mixed use urban neighbourhood after the tournament

Qatar to create new waterfront neighbourhood around World Cup 2022 stadium

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisers of the Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022, has unveiled a plan for develop its seventh stadium into a waterfront neighbourhood after the tournament.

The committee announced last month that the seventh stadium, designed by global architecture firm Populous, would be built in Ras Abu Aboud, a waterfront location visible from West Bay.

Further details about the 40,000-seater stadium were unveiled at the weekend and SC said the stadium will be one of the first ever designed from the beginning with the ability to transform into a mixed-use urban neighbourhood after the tournament.

The Ras Abu Aboud venue, which will host matches up to the quarter finals, will be located on a 450,000 square metre site and will include 6,000 car parking spots during the tournament and 2,000 while in legacy mode.

 

Ghanim Al Kuwari, SC Competition Venues executive director, said the stadium will play an important role in the development of the Doha skyline and waterfront.

“All our planning for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar keeps in mind the legacy use of the stadiums after the tournament has finished,” Al Kuwari said.

“This design aims to create a unique and memorable addition to the cityscape. With this project we want to achieve a successful conversion from a sports venue into an appealing non sport legacy concept.”

Christopher Lee, senior principal, Populous, said the stadium design and construction will see a new neighbourhood created in Doha.

“We have a long-standing tradition of designing venues with a genuine legacy including the London, Sydney and Sochi Olympic stadiums. The SC challenged us to go further again and the design for the venue at Ras bu Aboud is going to be a game-changer. We are creating a whole new neighbourhood in a fantastic waterfront location overlooking West Bay and, at the same time, an incredible world-class stadium for 40,000 fans,” said Lee.

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