Stadium design experts to gather for World Stadium Congress in Qatar


The third edition of Qatar’s World Stadium Congress will take place in Doha on the 19 Ma, featuring architects behind some of the world’s most inspiring sporting venues.  Discussions will include stadium design, sustainable practices and construction challenges.

ASTAD Project Management’s H.E Ali Bin Nasser Al Khalifa and SPOR SANAYI’s Yasar Meral will open the first day, providing insight on the FIFA World Cup in Qatar with a session called “Delivering world-class infrastructure to support Qatar 2022.”

“Qatar will host FIFA 2022, one of the largest sporting events  in the world, and exceptional project management will play a critical role in delivering a memorable mega-event,” said Al Khalifa. “Of course we will draw from ASTAD’s significant experience building sports facilities in Qatar, but it is also important for senior stakeholders within the industry to share their expertise and knowledge so that we may identify solutions to common challenges and ensure continuous improvement in design and construction.”


Another key note speaker includes Tariq Abdullah, general manager of the Qatar Olympic Academy and head of technical affairs  at the Qatar Olympic Committee.

Joining the keynote speakers will be industry leaders who will share their experience of venue construction in Brazil, Russia, the UK, Germany, Turkey, South Africa, Italy, the US and the Middle East.

The leading topic at this year’s conference is sustainability.

“It is important to us that the lasting impact of our stadiums on the community is a positive one,” said architecture manager at AECOM, Brazil, Diogo Taddei.

“In designing the sporting and non-competition facilities for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, we took Rio’s and Brazil’s sporting ambitions into account and focused on the provision of a cost-efficient design for permanent and temporary venues,” he added. “The legacy conversion plan cannot be overlooked.

On the second day of the conference, Taddei will reveal his insight on designing and implementing the Rio 2016 Olympic Park and discuss AECOM’s approach to stadium design in the Middle East.

Dan Meis, global director of sport at Woods Bagot said: “Given the number of stadiums that are being contemplated for the region, it is very important to discuss how we can ensure that these venues continue to benefit the community beyond the tournaments for which they were built.”

In addition to speakers, the event will also feature panels, case studies and round table discussions.


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