Security tips for World Cup 2022

When the world comes to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022, it will also bring along its security threats, former head of security of the London Olympics Andrew Amery cautioned yesterday at the World Stadium Congress 2013. Amery, who gave a presentation on the topic ‘an insight into delivering safe and secure major events’, said the entire world’s eyes will be on Qatar when the mega event takes place. “The international expectations will be massive. The world, especially the US, Israel and other Western countries will be closely looking at whether Qatar is ready to handle security,” he said. He said the best way to deal with the threats was to prepare way ahead of time for all the possible scenarios and test the plans repeatedly over the years. Speaking about his experience of managing the security at the London Olympics, he said the first and foremost challenge was to manage the different government agencies involved in matters of security. Every agency, including the police, army and intelligence agencies would want to take the lead in the matters of security for the event, and the country must work out on a clear structure of command on how to deal with this important aspect of security. He said that in the London Olympics, there was no one all powerful person who made the decisions on security, but in fact every decision was co-ordinated with all the stakeholders. As the head of security, Amery said his role was more of a coordinator and ensuring that the key decisions made were implemented. There were 128 venues in the London Olympics for... read more

Metro to have 48 stations

The 131-km Doha Metro Railway will have at least 48 stations and half of the entire facility would be built underground at depths up to 50m, a conference was told yesterday. In his presentation during the World Stadium Congress, Qatar Rail commercial manager Stephen Lines disclosed that the elevated portion of the Metro railway is 48km long. Construction has started this year and it is expected to be completed in 2019. He said the light rapid transit (LRT) system will run in populous areas like West Bay and Losail, allowing residents to move around the city. Population and existing businesses are two of the main criteria for the location of stations.  “These will all be linked by the network and obviously linking the stadiums, so all these factors are being considered on the design of the network,” he noted. “I can see Qatar becoming like London where you have the suburbs and the home country that you like.” To accomplish this in time for phase 1 delivery, some 26 tunnel-boring machines will be used for the said project. “If you put that in context at the moment, the new system being used in London has six boring machines. We are talking about 26,” said Lines, who is also the Middle East regional president of Chartered Institute of Building. For the 400-km distance and rail freight system, it will have seven stations and six freight yards connecting with GCC countries.  “The freight system will be the first to be implemented, a key in bringing in the materials and to help keep the flow within Qatar to achieve the 2022 World... read more

Project manager and consultant appointed for Wakrah Stadium

The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee has appointed KEO as the project manager and AECOM as the design consultant for Al Wakrah Stadium, which will have a  tournament capacity of 45,000 during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Following the tournament, the stadium’s  capacity  will be reduced to 20,000, with 25,000 seats removed, donated and re-constructed in co-ordination with FIFA in countries that require assistance in developing sporting infrastructure. The vision for the delivery of the Al Wakrah stadium is one that embraces the cultural heritage of the host city and the adjacent historical Qatari settlement of Al Wukair, incorporating this identity as part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar fan experience. “This is an important step for us as we deliver on our innovative hosting concept,” said Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary general for the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee.  “We are looking forward to working with our partners on Al Wakrah Stadium to construct an amazing sporting facility that both serves the local community and integrates with Al Wakrah’s fabric. We are delighted with the sustainable legacy that this stadium, as well as forthcoming ones, will leave behind for Qatar and the world. “In the coming months, we will also bring on-board a project manager and design consultant for Al Rayyan Stadium,” he added. CH2M HILL, the programme management consultant for the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, will supervise both KEO and AECOM to ensure the successful delivery of the Al Wakrah Stadium and Precinct in line with the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee’s vision, mission and strategic goals. KEO will develop a world-class health, safety and environmental programme for the stadium and... read more

Q22 appoints Amsterdam Arena as stadium consultant

DOHA: The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee (Q22) has appointed Amsterdam Arena and IMG as the Stadium Operations Consultants for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Secretary General for the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, Hassan Al Thawadi, expressed his enthusiasm following the appointment of the two Stadium Operations Consultants. “We are looking forward to working closely with these two extremely professional partners, who between them have invaluable experience in stadium operation in some of the most significant sporting sites across the globe.” “The appointment of Amsterdam Arena and IMG is crucial in delivering an outstanding 2022 FIFA World Cup. We are thereby placing a key focus on an amazing fan and player experience in all our stadiums,” he added. Stadium Operations Consultants assist on the development of business cases for all of the competition venues of the 2022 FIFA World Cup including, stadiums, stadium precincts and training sites, in alignment with the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee’s goals and the Programme Wide Strategy. The consultants will also work on developing the Program Wide Business Plan relative to stadium operations. Amsterdam Arena and IMG will perform technical reviews for all competition venues at each individual design stage, assessing operational aspects related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, including, catering and commercial strategies; venue operations pre-tournament, during the tournament and post-tournament; safety and security; pitch and building maintenance; access zones; precinct functionality and operations; technology integration; overlay elements analysis confirming tournament functionality and sustainability. CEO of Amsterdam Arena, Henk Markerink, said: “I am impressed by the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee’s ambitious and professional approach to the organisation of the 2022 FIFA World... read more

Qatar Rail project will need 25,000 workers at its peak

Qatar will be “unrecognisable” by 2019 when most of the  infrastructure development projects, including the ambitious rail network now being built, will be completed, a seminar was told yesterday. Up to 25,000 people will be working on the  railway project as the construction peaks for a scheduled first phase opening  by 2019 and a second phase finish by 2026. A Qatar Rail official said a substantial portion of the rail network is expected to be ready by 2019, well before the FIFA World Cup that Doha is hosting in 2022. The light rail transit is expected to be completed by 2017. Qatar Rail is seeking to develop a world-class public transportation system which will provide a competitive alternative to private transport at a cost of about $40bn. When completed, the project will comprise a Doha Metro mass transit, a long-distance passenger and freight rail  and a  light rail linking Lusail and West Bay. Construction of the rail project began early this year. “We are already in talks with the Ministry of Interior for procuring the visas for the large number of workforce that would be needed for the various rail projects  and the choice of nationalities will be dependent on the contractors who we would be awarding the contracts ,” Qatar Rail chief technical officer Daniel Leckel said . He was making a presentation at a session on “The future of Qatar transport and infrastructure” at a one-day seminar hosted by Qatar University’s College of Engineering-based Qatar Road Safety Studies Centre (QRSSC) in collaboration with the Central Planning Office (CPO)  at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning... read more

Inkomende missie WK 2022 Dutch Sports Infrastructure

In samenwerking met de Nederlandse ambassade in Doha heeft Dutch Sports Infrastructure een delegatie vanuit Qatar uitgenodigd om Nederland te bezoeken. Van 15 – 17 mei bezocht een kleine technische delegatie van Aspire Logistics Nederland om een kijkje in de keuken te nemen bij bedrijven die toeleveren aan de bouw van stadions. Door het ontwikkelen van  de nieuwste multifunctionele sportaccommodaties en faciliteiten heeft Aspire Foundation de ambitie om het wereldwijde ‘centre of excellence’ te worden op het gebied van sport. Zo zal het technische team dit jaar nog beginnen met de volledige renovatie van het Khalifa stadion, één van de stadions die in 2022 het WK voetbal zal hosten. Aspire Logistics bezocht o.a. Aalberts Industries, Amsterdam Arena, VDL Groep, Philips en Ten Cate Dutch Sports Infrastructure organiseerde een tweedaags bezoek in Nederland. Naast diverse bedrijfsbezoeken werd een klein seminar georganiseerd in de Amsterdam Arena. Tevens werd Aspire Logistics werd uitgenodigd om samen met Nederlandse bedrijven de de finale van de Europa League bij te wonen. Dutch Sports Infrastructure ontwikkelde in samenwerking met de Nederlandse overheid een meerjarenprogramma op Qatar. De komende jaren zal vanuit het cluster nauwe samenwerking worden gezocht met Qatar. Door de relatie met de stakeholder in Qatar te ontwikkelen en regelmatig kennis uit te wisselen over innovatieve oplossingen op het gebied van sportinfrastructuur wil het cluster een aandeel verkrijgen in de aankomende projecten. De komende jaren zullen er in Qatar diverse grootschalige projecten worden ontwikkeld.  Met de druk van het WK 2022 zal Qatar tenminste 5 stadions en diverse infrastructurele projecten, zoals een compleet ondergronds metrosysteem met ca. 48 stations,  gaan bouwen. Het bezoek van Aspire Logistics was een vervolg op de uitgaande missie die Dutch... read more

Qatar stadium contractors appointed from next year

Awards for the main construction contracts for the 2022 World Cup stadiums are not likely to begin being made until next year. In an interview which forms part of big four accountancy firm Deloitte’s GCC Powers of Construction 2013 report, the World Cup 2022 Supreme Committee’s techincal director, Yasir Al Jamal, said: “For contractor and sub-contractor appointments, we envisage a tendering process that will run continuously from 2014 to 2018, with each stadia and precinct development releasing the packages that will be required.” The Supreme Committee is currently in talks with FIFA regarding the number of stadiums it will need to build for the 2022 World Cup. Its winning bid, which was chosen in December 2010, was based on using 12 stadiums – three upgraded and nine new-build – but FIFA’s general secretary Jerome Valcke recently told Associated Press that current talks were based on “eight to ten” stadiums being built. Qatar has already floated a tender for the design of a new-build stadium at Al Rayyan and has already awarded the design and project management deals for the 45,120-seat Al Wakrah stadium, Al Jamal told CW recently. In the Deloitte report, he added that plans “will be shared in greater detail during stakeholder engagement events and through our prequalification activities”. He said that the manner in which stadiums will be procured will be “reviewed on a case-by-case basis”. Although Qatar has traditionaly used fixed-price, lump sum contracts where “commercial planning can be more effectively controlled”, Al Jamal added that it would consider using alternative methods of procurement – “particularly where risks to contractors are difficult to price or... read more

Dutch Sports Infrastructure delegation visit to Qatar

Headed by Delegation Leader Ronald de Boer, the Dutch Sports Infrastructure cluster visited Doha for the second time. The trade mission was organized by FME in cooperation with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Doha. The mission was part of the Partners for International Business Program that Dutch Sports Infrastructure developed together with AgencyNL and the Embassy.  The aim of the delegation is to build on the findings of last year’s visit and identify further cooperation opportunities in the safety, security, stadium building and infrastructure sectors. The delegation have met with several relevant Qatari counterparts such as FIFA World Cup 2022 Supreme Committee, Aspire Logistics, Qatar Rail, Ashghal, Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, Customs Authority and Qatar Olympic committee in addition to other Qatari private companies such as Gulf Ware Houses, Qatar Investment Group, G4S and Lusail Real Estate Development Company.... read more

Advisory Board bezoekt Moskou in kader van WK 2018 (dutch)

De Advisory Board van Dutch Sports Infrastructure werkt in samenwerking met de Nederlandse overheid aan een meerjarenprogramma gericht op het WK2018 in Rusland. Deze week bezocht de Advisory Board in Moskou o.a. het WK 2018 Local Organising Committee, Arena 2018 en het management van de twee speelstadions in Moskou, het Otkritie stadion en het Luzhniki stadion. De elf geselecteerde speelsteden in de Russische federatie verkeren uiteraard in verschillende fases van de voorbereiding naar het WK. Zo moet Kazan in de zomer van 2013 al klaar zijn voor de Universiade, en Sochi voor de winterspelen in 2014. In de grote steden Moskou en St. Petersburg zijn de stadions al jaren in ontwikkeling. Naar verwachting presenteert het Local Organising Committee in april 2013 de roadmap naar 2018. Het Okritie stadion (nieuwe Spartak stadion) in Moskou is al ver ontwikkeld. In deze fase worden toeleveranciers geselecteerd voor o.a. stadion stoelen, audio systemen, toegangscontrole, interieur design etc. Het terrein rondom het stadion zal verder worden ontwikkeld met o.a. een kleiner overdekt stadion dat ook ruimte zal bieden voor evenementen. Het Luzhniki stadion zal vanaf 2014 grotendeels worden gerenoveerd om te voldoen aan alle FIFA eisen en plaats te kunnen bieden aan 90.000 personen. De Dutch Sports Infrastructure Guide is met alle partijen doorgenomen. De komende maanden zullen diverse acties worden genomen om de contacten op te volgen. In november 2013 zal Dutch Sports Infrastructure een handelsmissie organiseren naar... read more

WK 2022 in Qatar kan in de zomer of in de winter (dutch)

Het organisatiecomité van het WK 2022 in Qatar verklaart zich bereid om het voetbaltoernooi ‘in de zomer of in de winter’ te organiseren. Dat maakte het comité vrijdag bekend in een persbericht. ‘We hebben altijd verklaard dat we onze kandidatuur hebben ingediend om het WK 2022 in de zomer te organiseren’, stelt het organisatiecomité. ‘Verschillende prominenten uit de voetbalwereld hebben hun voorkeur voor een winter-WK bekendgemaakt. We zijn bereid om het WK in de zomer of in de winter te organiseren.’ Het comité verduidelijkt dat de technologie om de stadions te klimatiseren goed functioneert en al sinds 2008 gebruikt wordt in het Al Sadd Stadion in Doha. FIFA-voorzitter Sepp Blatter verklaarde eerder deze maand in Knokke-Heist dat het initiatief om het WK te verplaatsen van de organisatoren dient te komen. Michel D’Hooge, voorzitter van de Medische Commissie van de FIFA, vindt een WK in de winter een goed idee. ‘Men vertelt me dat de stadions en de trainingsaccommodaties tot 21 graden geklimatiseerd zullen worden. Spelen is dus geen probleem, maar we moeten ook aan de supporters denken’, aldus D’Hooghe op 15 maart in Knokke-Heist. In Qatar kan de temperatuur in juni tot 45 graden oplopen. Bron:... read more

Russia Stadium Summit WC2018

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Master planners picked for Doha’s new Airport City

After winning an international competition, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), co-founded by the globally-acclaimed Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, has been announced as master planners for Qatar’s proposed Airport City. The new 10sq km development, where 200,000 people will live and work, is meant to link the Hamad International Airport (HIA) with the city of Doha. OMA’s master plan is a series of four circular districts along a spine parallel to the HIA runways, intended to create a strong visual identity and districts with unique identities. Phase One of the 30-year master plan, which links airside and landside developments for business, logistics, retail, hotels, and residences, will be mostly complete in time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, hosted by Qatar. Koolhaas commented: “We are delighted and honoured to participate in the exciting growth of Doha, in a project that is perhaps the first serious effort anywhere in the world to interface between an international airport and the city it serves.” Partner-in-charge Iyad Alsaka commented: “Doha’s Airport City is an important addition to the realisation of OMA’s work in urbanism and will incorporate unprecedented transport planning opportunities; we look forward to collaborating with the HIA to meet the objectives of this ambitious project.” Each district of Airport City “will be unique within the master plan’s overall identity”. The Business District will centre on a major new transport hub linking with greater Doha; the Aviation Campus will accommodate office headquarters and educational facilities for aviation authorities; the Logistics District will provide cargo and warehousing facilities; and the Residential District, adjacent to the new Doha Bay Marina, will accommodate future employees.... read more
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