The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee has unveiled the new concept design for Al Wakrah Stadium, developed by Aecom, in association with Zaha Hadid Architects.
Al Wakrah is the proposed as the southern-most city in the country to host matches in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Zaha Hadid said Al Wakrah’s tradition is reflected in the stadium design, which captures the essence of the traditional dhow, an Arabian pearl fishing boat.
The design will feature a temperature-controlled spectator area outside the stadium.
The stadium, which will have a seating capacity to accommodate 40,000 people, is anticipated to be completed by 2018.
Aecom chairman and chief executive officer John Dionisio said, "We believe the planning and design for the Al Wakrah Stadium and Precinct clearly establishes an international benchmark for sports venues in the region."
The top-tiers of the stadium will be modular, which will allow the stadium’s capacity to be reduced to 20,000.
Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi said Al Wakrah is the first of six stadiums already in the latter stages of the design process.
"Our committee has issued ten major tenders to the market, encompassing project and design managers and stadium-operation consultants," Al Thawadi said.
The committee will issue tenders for early works in 2014, allowing works and main contractors for five stadiums.
The committee said all the stadia will be in different construction stages by the fourth quarter.
Zaha Hadid said the design "expresses the city context, establishing a relationship with the city and its surrounding landscape".
Image: Al Wakrah Stadium is anticipated to be completed by 2018. Photo: Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.