Qatar has many projects in the pipeline and some that have already been completed. From major stadiums for the FIFA World Cup 2022 to other mega projects including the New Doha Port, here is a full list of the country’s biggest infrastructure projects.
Al Bayt Stadium (Al Khor Stadium)
With the capacity to accommodate 60,000 seats, the stadium is a proposed semi-final venue. The stadium will be situated at the heart of a 1million sqm complex which will also include a hospital, a mall and a park.
The stadium design is based on Bayt Al Sha’ar – a black and white tent used traditionally by nomadic people in Qatar and the region.
Following the World Cup, the upper tier will be removed and the capacity of the stadium will be reduced to 32,000 seats.
The removed seats will be reconfigured and donated to countries to leave a legacy for international football development.
The stadium is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2018.
Set to boast a population of around 200,000 people as well as being home to one of the seven World Cup stadiums, the city has an estimated cost of $45billion.
Lusail extends across an area of 38sqm and includes four exclusive islands, two marinas and 19 multi-purpose residential, mixed use, entertainment and commercial districts.
It is a comprehensive arena with luxury shopping and leisure facilities, residential buildings, commercial towers, avenues and public ports.
Lusail is expected to be completed by 2019, three years before Qatar 2022.
Al Wakrah Stadium
The 40,000-seat stadium, and future home of Al Wakrah Sports Club, will be surrounded by approximately 560,000 sqm of legacy precinct with a new sports centre and community hub.
The precinct will deliver a range of community facilities, including a park, mosque, school and retail outlets.
The stadium, will be reduced in legacy mode to 20,000 seats, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018.
Hamad International Aiport (HIA)
The first phase of HIA opened in 2014 with the final phase planned for 2018. Covering a land area in excess of 22 sqm, HIA replaces Doha International Aiport as Qatar’s main airport.
At present, the airport has annual capacity to handle up to 24 million passengers and 750,000 tonnes of cargo rising to 50 million passengers on completion.
The additional capacity of HIA is recognised as a key element behind increasing tourism to Qatar.
Khalifa International Stadium
Khalifa International’s 40,000-seating capacity will enable it to host group stages, last 16 and quarter-final matches.
An innovative cooling technology will be incorporated to ensure an optimal playing temperature of 26 degrees Celsius.
Renovation works on the stadium are expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2017.
Qatar Foundation Stadium
Located in Education City, the home of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), the stadium will have a tournament capacity of 40,000 spectators.
Additionally, the Health & Wellness Precinct will include an aerobics and fitness centre, aquatics centre, climbing and caving centre, tennis courts and two additional football pitches.
Spaces for educational and development programmes, a health clinic, indoor multi-purpose pavilion and retail outlets will also be available in the precinct.
The stadium is due for completing in the third quarter of 2019.
Msheireb Downtown Doha
Developed by Msheireb Properties, the $5.5bn project aims to redevelop, regenerate and preserve the historical heart of Doha.
Upon completion in 2016, It will become the world’s first sustainable downtown regeneration project.
It will feature premier office space, retail and leisure facilities, townhouses, upscale apartments, hotels, museums, civic services and cultural and entertainment venues.
Doha Expressway System
The Expressway will provide vital transport links across Qatar connecting key cities, towns and villages with high quality national freeways and urban arterial routes.
Expected to be completed by 2016, the $8.1bn project will deliver over 900km of new roads and an array of underpasses, flyovers and multi-level interchanges to enable free-flowing traffic an improved journey times.
In addition, Ashghal is also implementing the $2.7bn Inner Doha Re-sewerage Implementation Strategy as well as the $14.6bn Local Roads & Draining Programme.
New Doha Port
The $7.4bn New Doha Port mega-project in Mesaieed is being built on an area of 26.5km2 and is expected to be one of the largest seaports in the region.
The new port will transform Doha’s shipping industry and will include five general cargo terminals and berths, four container terminals and berths, a roll-on/roll-off berth, an administration and customs complex as well as a berthing area for tugs and pilot boats.
The first phase is scheduled for completion in 2016, while the second and third phases will be completed after 2022.
Al Rayyan Stadium
The 40,000-seat stadium is being built on the site of Al Rayyan Sports Club’s existing stadium, Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium.
Al Rayyan will host matches up to the quarter-final of the 2022 tournament and following the World Cup its capacity will be halved to seat 21,000 seats – with the removable tier sent to developing nations.
A mosque, medical centre and various sporting facilities are being built nearby – as well as the already planned Mall of Qatar.
The stadium is expected for completion in the first quarter of 2019.