Task Force Qatar


Dutch Sports Infrastructure has developed a specific program on Qatar called Task Force Qatar 2022. Task Force Qatar 2022 is an exchange platform that should stimulate exchange of knowledge and latest technological innovations between the Dutch industry and local stakeholders in Qatar. Task Force Qatar 2022 has been developed together with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Royal Dutch Embassy in Qatar. Next meetings with the Supreme Committee of Qatar 2022 are scheduled for April 2013.

Economically, Qatar is known to be the biggest force of the Arabic world. Over 60 % of the country’s GDP is derived from the exportation of Oil & Gas.  Increased productivity, combined with high oil prices and growing industry diversity of the economy will likely stimulate a further growth in the near future.  Recently, Qatar won the bid to become the organizing country of the 2022 World Cup. Organizing a major event like this gives a country new opportunities. The country’s infrastructure needs to be installed in order to connect the host cities, airports need to be built and stadiums need to be constructed in accordance with FIFA requirements. These investments should benefit the countries competitive position on an international level on the long run.

Stadium overview

The Qatar World Cup bid outlines having 12 stadiums ready by 2022. The stadiums, costing around 2.95 billion euros, include three existing venues which would be expanded and nine new state of- the-art stadiums with capacities of at least 43,000 each.

The 7 host cities are Al-Daayen, Al-Khor, Al-Rayyan, Al-Shamal, Al-Wakrah, Doha and Umm Slal.  After the Cup it is planned to dismantle parts of the stadiums and send them to developing countries to make 22 new stadiums. Qatar’s bid organisers say that the stadiums will be zero-carbon emitting and climate controlled.Road construction
Including the estimated value of projects announced for 2011 – 2015, the total GCC spending amounts to 42.76 billion euros, with Qatar allocating approximately 9.21 billion euros on improving and creating road networks. Over 29 road projects have been announced for Qatar worth over 7 million euros, excluding projects in execution.
Qatar’s on-going major road projects include: Lusail Expressway Package 2, Orbital Highway and Truck Road, Ras Laffan to Mesaieed Expressway, Dukhan Highway, Doha Bay Crossing , Road Interchanges for the Al Khor Expressway and Doha Expressway – Qatar’s first freeway.

Airport construction

Doha International Airport will be the main entrance when visiting Qatar. The airport is currently going through extensive renovations. The current facilities have no room to expand and the airport is operating above capacity. The new  $11.06 billion euros airport will have new super-sized lounges and transit facilities catering to the growing number of travelers now flying through the Doha, Qatar hub.

Rail

Qatar Rail will begin rolling out contracts on its massive 27.27 billion euros (QR130bn) development in 2012. The massive project includes plans for a high-speed long distance rail link, driver-less four-line Metro service for Doha and freight lines. The plans also include the West Bay People Mover, and over ground rail system designed to distribute passengers around Doha’s tower district. Qatar Rail has an eight-year construction window to produce a workable Metro and rail service for the World Cup.

Safety & Security

Safety and Security is one of the highest priorities of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee. Qatar is  developing strategic partnerships with international and national partners to help promote security and ensure compliance with major event security standards and best practices regarding the organization of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Agreements already have been signed with Interpol and the International Centre for Sport Security.

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