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Qatar set to start work on 2022 World Cup final venue

Construction work is set to start on Lusail Stadium which will host the first match and the final of the tournament

Qatar set to start work on 2022 World Cup final venue

Construction work is set to start on Qatar's iconic Lusail Stadium which will host the first match and the final of the 2022 World Cup tournament.

The centrepiece of the first World Cup in the Middle East will seat 80,000 spectators in a venue inspired by Qatari traditions and culture, said Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

Lusail Stadium is the sixth stadium currently under construction across Qatar. Two major packages have been recently completed at the one million square metre site - including the installation of site facilities and offices.

Mubarak Al-Khulaifi, SC project director at Lusail Stadium, said: “We are very pleased to have initiated a presence on the site, which has a special significance for us all as the proposed host venue for the opening and final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

"Following the timely conclusion of the early works phase, we aim to shortly commence enabling works. The scope for this phase will be comprised of the heavy civil works required to facilitate the construction of the stadium structure.”

The final design for Lusail Stadium will be presented in 2016, he added.

“The concept phase of the stadium design has been completed and approved, opening the way for the schematic phase. For Lusail Stadium we are building a venue which will become an internationally-recognisable landmark,” said Al-Khulaifi.

Located in Lusail City, 15km north of Doha, all contracts for the stadium incorporate the SC’s Workers’ Welfare Standards to protect the rights of labourers working on site.

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