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Qatar hands FIFA World Cup 2022 stadia plans

Officials also agree to set up working party to meet regularly to discuss developments

Qatar hands FIFA World Cup 2022 stadia plans
Qatar is planning 12 state-of-the-art stadia for the 2022 World Cup.

Qatar officials have handed over to FIFA their first draft of of the schedule for stadia construction for the World Cup 2022 tournament which is being held in the Gulf state.

Executives from the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee and FIFA have also agreed to set up a working party to meet every two months to update on developments relating to the organising of the sporting event.

The agreements came as Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, along with technical director Yasir Al Jamal and senior advisor Hamoud Al Subaey met with a delegation of FIFA administrators and FIFA's stadium consultant.

Hassan Al Thawadi hailed the meeting a success, saying: "Our meetings with FIFA were very positive and represent an important step in continuing with our progress toward preparing for the delivery of a successful 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

"The agreements we have reached for working groups and senior officials to meet on a regular basis provide us with an enhanced framework for exchanging mutual updates and making timely decisions that will ultimately advance and enhance our FIFA World Cup programme."

During the meeting, Qatar's technical department also detailed all capital works scheduled to be finalised in time for the 2022 World Cup including the Doha metro, road and utilities systems, hotel and real estate developments, stadia, fan zones, entertainment and tourist attractions, as well as urban planning schemes.

Earlier this year, the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee submitted a three-year intermediate project management plan (IPMP) to FIFA.

In January, the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee will have a kick-off meeting with FIFA to agree on a common strategy and deadlines for stadia construction.

Construction of Qatar's first stadium for the 2022 World Cup tournament will start next year, officials have previously said.

The first stadium will be developed in conjunction with Qatar Foundation at Education City. Five other stadiums are currently in the process of planning or tender.

In December 2010, Qatar saw off competition from the United States, Australia, South Korea and Japan to win the right to stage the 2022 World Cup.

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