The Aspire Zone Foundation, a stakeholder of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), will deliver Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City and the surrounding precinct. In 2022, the stadium will have the capacity to host 60,000 spectators, and will fulfil all FIFA requirements for hosting FIFA World Cup™ matches through to the semi-final round. Qatari contractor Galfar
Al Misnad will construct the stadium and precinct in a joint
venture with two Italian firms, Salini Impregilo Group
and Cimolai. The construction supervision consultant, KEO
International Consultants, will oversee work on Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor
City and the surrounding precinct. Dar
Al-Handasah served as design consultant and Projacs
as project manager
during the stadium and precinct’s design stage.
Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City perfectly embodies the spirit of Qatar. Using the latest technologies and breathtaking innovations, it tells the story of a nation that has welcomed visitors into its warm embrace, in times of both scarcity and plenty, and treated them as family — regardless of differences in background, history or culture.
For centuries, Qatar has been home to both nomadic and settled populations. The nomadic population lived primarily in the desert and herded animals, including camels, sheep and goats. The country’s settled population primarily lived along the coastline, engaging in pearl diving, fishing and trading with neighbouring villages, towns and cities. Although located close to Qatar’s coast, Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City will introduce fans and visitors from around the world to the culture of the desert.
Of necessity, the tents upon which Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City is modelled are uniquely sustainable and suitable to the deserts in which they are found. They are named after the animal hair from which they were woven with care, from the same animals that grazed outside. Despite the relative simplicity of their design, they were expected to fulfil a number of requirements. They had to be quick and easy to erect and deconstruct, and light enough to be carried by pack animals, sometimes for long distances. They also needed to be airy and cool in the summer, and warm and cozy in the winter.
Al Bayt Stadium shares this dedication to sustainability witnessed in the generations who lived in Bayt Al Sha’ar. To achieve Qatar’s goal of hosting an environmentally friendly 2022 FIFA World Cup™, the stadium and precinct will incorporate green building materials that minimise embedded carbon and incorporate energy usage best practices. Employing the latest construction techniques and materials, the stadium will target Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certifications.
Qataris today can be found travelling to every corner of the world. As the country has gained from globalisation, herding animals has become much less prominent in the life of the nation. However, Bayt Al Sha’ar still play a prominent role in the lives of many Qatari families. They are gathering places, where the old can teach the young about bygone eras, before Qatar began to develop rapidly. They are also used to preserve the traditions of the desert. Outside of many Bayt Al Sha’ar, you will find a post upon which hunting falcons perch, as their owners enjoy a glass of tea and tell stories of the hunt inside. After
the tournament in 2022, guests will have an opportunity to bask in the
hospitality that characterises visits to Bayt Al Sha’ar. A hotel is planned for
the stadium’s upper tier, along with a branch of Aspetar, the renowned Qatari
sports medicine hospital that welcomes athletes from around the world.
Just as Bayt Al Sha’ar remain central to family life in Qatar, the precinct surrounding Al Bayt Stadium - Al Khor City will become a centre of community life. Expansive
green areas surrounding the stadium will feature landscaped paths, welcoming residents seeking exercise — whether on foot, on bicycles or riding horses. In the
years after 2022, additional recreational areas, along with exhibition halls,
restaurants and other amenities, will open for public use in the stadium’s
lower levels and basement.
Further echoing Bayt Al Sha’ar, parts of Al Bayt Stadium will be transportable. In line with the SC’s legacy commitments, the stadium's upper tier will be demountable. In the years after 2022, the upper tier will be removed and the modular sections will be used to build stadiums in countries around the world that lack adequate sporting infrastructure. This spirit of giving, so deeply embedded in Qatari culture, will repeat itself across all of the stadiums being delivered by the SC and its stakeholders, creating a legacy of football development across the world.
The culture of generosity and caring for neighbours, practiced for centuries in the deserts of Qatar, will become a model for building a better future for all of us.
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