In Pictures: Developing Doha
In light of the ongoing World Stadiums Congress 2012 in Qatar, Kipp looks at the major projects being constructed in preparation for Qatar’s FIFA World Cup in 2022.
June 5, 2012 5:49 by Jyothi M.V.
Doha International Airport
The FIFA World Cup fans arriving at Doha for the 2022 world cup will enter the city through the New Doha International Airport (NDIA.) The first phase of the airport is set to be completed this year. The $11 billion airport will feature state-of-the-art facilities including: extensive duty free, luxury amenities and airline lounges; multiuse public space that incorporates dining and retails as well.
The world Cup Final will take place in Lusail city, an extension of Doha city to the north. Estimated capacity during the event is projected to include 200,000 people. To cope with this increase in population, Doha is developing high residential and commercial projects like Hilton Doha residences, villas, signature marine projects like the deepwater seaport, entertainment areas, man-made islands like “The Pearl” and a $4.94 billion mixed-use Golf City project. All of this doesn’t come cheap, it is estimated more than $125 billion will be used to fund Doha’s 200 upcoming construction projects.
Qatar’s Doha Metro
For the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is commissioning a modern functioning rail network. Tenders for the project are to be issued later this year. The $35 billion rail network is one of the largest transportation projects of Qatar and will have four rail lines connecting the World Cup stadiums.
Qatar has already invested $4 billion in five of the twelve eco-friendly solar mega stadiums that will host the FIFA World Cup 2022. These solar stadiums come with the latest technology and were designed by Albert Speer & Partner GmbH.
Following are the five stadiums that are under construction:-
The Al Rayyan Stadium – will have LCD screen facades
The Al Gharafa Stadium – will feature the flags of the countries that will qualify for World Cup 2022
The Al Shamal Stadium – will be shaped like a fishing boat
The Al Wakrah Stadium – resembles an oasis in the desert
The Al Khor Stadium – will be shaped like a shell
Since the World Cup is scheduled during the scorching summer, the organizers intend on developing a fleet of solar powered “clouds” designed to hover over the stadium and act like a dual sun block and air conditioner. Costing about half a million dollars each, these free-floating remotely controlled drones can utilize solar energy to power their electrical motors and are made up of 100 percent light carbon fiber and ultra-light materials. As of 2012, little has been done to develop this technology and Kipp thinks it might just be a hypothetical dream.
Qatar is a land of multibillion dollar construction projects. In the next five years, a $125 billion will fund nearly 200 upcoming construction projects-one of them being the man-made ‘Pearl Islands’ which are akin to the Palm Islands in Dubai.
New deepwater seaport
The $5.5 billion deepwater seaport with large cruise ship terminal is under is touted to be the world’s deepest seaport. The seaport is currently under construction and will be completed in February 2016. The port reportedly will have an annual total cargo handling capacity of 6 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs.)
Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is planning to invest $20 billion in tourism-related projects through to 2022. Some of its proposed projects include: a terminal to handle cruise liners, the Doha International Airport and Qatar is also planning to increase the total number of hotel rooms to 90,000 to meet FIFA’s requirements. Various International brands and leading hoteliers are building their property in Doha city, including Kempinski Residences and St. Regis Doha. Hilton Doha residences are expected to open later this year.
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