The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and the Aspire Zone Foundation of Qatar have unveiled the renovated design for Khalifa International Stadium, which is said to be the third proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
As part of the redevelopment, the venue will be revamped to include a seating capacity of 40,000 during the tournament and new cooling technology to maintain the optimal playing temperature of 26°C.
The technology was tested by the comittee at an open-air fan zone in Doha during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. It will be incorporated into the stadium and training sites to ensure that players and fans are provided with a comfortable atmosphere.
Youth Welfare general president HRH Prince Abdullah bin Musa'ad bin Abdul Aziz said: "We are proud to announce from our country the new design for the third proposed World Cup host venue.
"As host of the tournament, Qatar will be able to bring the World Cup to the Middle East for the first time.
"We in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stand by Qatar and firmly support its right to host this event, as it is a remarkable success for all of us."
The renovation of Khalifa International Stadium will include a new building on the east wing, a single roof to cover the whole seating area and space for the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, which will include historic sport collections and interactive exhibits.
A modern transport network will be operational to take fans from their accommodation to the stadiums, including a new road network and two new metro stations in the surrounding area to make access as easy as possible.
Main contractor works on the stadium are being undertaken by a joint venture between Midmac Contracting and a subsidiary of the Belgian Besix Group, Six Construct, whereas Dar Al Handasah and Projacs are the design consultant and project manager, respectively.
Image: Khalifa International Stadium. Photo: courtesy of Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.