Qatar has said that its preparations for Fifa World Cup 2022 are on track.
The country’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said that they are in the advanced stages of design work for six stadiums and five stadiums will begin the early works on foundations and construction this year.
Addressing an international gathering in Doha, the project manager at Al-Rayyan Precinct for the Supreme Committee, Yasser Al-Mulla said Qatar will issue 10 tenders this year for project managers and design consultants on the stadiums being built for the games.
Doha expects to spend an additional 4 billion dollars on building stadiums and related sporting infrastructure for the World Cup.
The largest new stadium planned is the Lusail Iconic stadium, which will have a capacity of more than 86,000 people and is to be used for the opening match and the finals.
As part of the massive infrastructure roll out, hotel rooms will be expanded to 95,000 by 2022 from the current 15,000 rooms available. Qatar’s Public Works Authority Ashgal, has also revealed plans to launch 27.5 billion dollar worth of expressway and interchange projects over the next five years.
This will be in addition to over 3 billion dollar worth of contracts awarded last year.
The road projects are expected to be completed in 2020.
With these projects, Qatar hopes to reduce traffic congestion and ensure a smooth flow of people and vehicles as Doha hosts the world’s biggest sporting event.