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AlJaber and Tekfen win $342mn Qatar stadium contract

AlJaber Engineering (JEC) and Turkey’s Tekfen Construction have been confirmed as the joint-venture (JV) partners in charge of building the stadium in the Al Thumama district of Doha, Qatar.

The announcement was made by Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for delivering the stadiums and infrastructure required for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

In a statement Tekfen confirmed the deal was worth QAR 1.25bn (342.5mn).

Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB), the oldest architectural and engineering consulting firm in Qatar, was confirmed in 2015 as the Design & Construction Supervision Consultant for the 40,000 seater.

Al Thumama – a proposed venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar – is the seventh stadium for which the main construction contract has been awarded.

The venue, located just minutes from Hamad International Airport and in the centre of Doha, is scheduled for completion by 2020 and will host matches up to the quarter-final stage.

SC Secretary General, H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, said at the announcement: “The stadium in Al Thumama is located in one of the most rapidly developing areas of Doha. Once ready, the stadium and its surrounding precinct will not only become one of the capital’s central sporting arenas, but will also serve the local community as a central community destination.”

Al Thawadi continued: “I am confident that the signing of Al Jaber Engineering and Tekfen Construction, one of the leading construction companies in Turkey, will deliver an outstanding, legacy-oriented stadium for a historic tournament.”

The stadium is located in an area of 515,400 square meters that already comprises four outdoor training pitches and office facilities currently used by the Qatar Football Association Technical Committee. The venue will have a reduced capacity of 20,000 seats in its post tournament legacy mode as part of the SC’s modular stadium legacy plans.

Eng. Hilal Al-Kuwari, Technical Delivery Office Chairman at the SC, said: “The awarding of this contract represents another important project milestone, coming at a significant time as Qatar and the SC move beyond the half-way point in its World Cup journey. The appointment of a local company in this joint venture also demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the economic legacy for Qatar, post 2022.”

Construction began in Al Thumama in mid-2016, with TiME Qatar as the project managers. Most recently levelling and grading works were completed by Boom Construction. The stadium design will be launched in 2017.

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