As Qatar’s most
iconic stadium, Khalifa International Stadium needed a renovation that was in
keeping with its history. Those who knew the old stadium will be pleased with
the new designs.
An ultra-modern stadium that honours the past
recognisable features of the arena were always its dual arches, sweeping across
the skyline and acting as a magnet for football fans. These icons remain, but
there will now be a wide canopy stretching out below them, complementing the
stadium’s cooling system to maintain a comfortable temperature for fans.
This will still be the atmospheric stadium that fans from around the Middle East and Asia love, but updated to allow more people to enjoy it in comfort.
A centre of sporting excellence
Over the years,
many new structures have been added to the landscape around Khalifa
International Stadium, transforming it into the Aspire Zone centre of sporting excellence it is today. One of the
most striking additions is The Torch Doha Hotel, a distinctive skyscraper built
for the 2006 Asian Games that watches over the arena. Close by sits Hamad
Aquatic Centre, complete with a façade modelled after a boat, and the
futuristic-looking Aspire Dome multi-sports centre.
Add to this meticulously planned gardens, parks and walkways, and the impression you get is one of a stadium precinct in tune with its locale and history, but always looking forward.
Dar Al-Handasah are the design consultants and project supervision consultants behind the precinct, with Projacs serving as the project manager. Qatari contractor Midmac will renovate the stadium and precinct in a joint venture with Six Construct Qatar, the local subsidiary of Belgian firm Besix.