A $360 million contract to build a 40,000-seat stadium was signed by the Indian firm Larsen & Toubro and its joint venture partner in Qatar. This was a component of the sports infrastructure that the Emirate was putting in place in advance of the FIFA World Cup in 2022. Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy announced the contract.
A brief on The infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is being built by an Indian enterprise for the first time
This was the first occasion ever that an Indian company had taken part in any way in the infrastructure-building process for a FIFA World Cup.
The project’s contract, which has a total value of $ 360 million for both JV partners, is expected to be finished by 2019.
Following the conclusion of the enabling works, the stadium’s scope will include major construction and site development, according to the filing. The Al Rayyan stadium and its precinct design would mirror the sand dunes around the conventional desert tents and be inspired by regional patterns, it was claimed.
The Al Rayyan stadium, a landmark in the making, will be among the most significant stadiums chosen to host matches up to the quarterfinals of the much anticipated 2022 FIFA World Cup, it was noted. On Monday, the Indian ambassador to Qatar, Dr. Deepak Mittal, and the minister of external affairs, S. Jaishankar, went to the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
“Visited Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium at Al Rayyan. Congratulations to Larsen and Toubro and their Qatari partners on an impressive project. It has enhanced India’s reputation for quality and delivery. Best wishes to Qatar for FIFA 2022,” Jaishankar added in another tweet.
A thorough tour of the stadium’s facilities, including the pitch, the competition areas, and the VVIP seating areas, was given to the ministerial delegation by Hassan Al Thawadi and Nasser Al Khater, Chairman and CEO of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC, respectively, according to an official release.
The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, built by Larsen and Toubro, is a reflection of our relationship and our shared history, according to Al Thawadi. “Qatar and India have had a close relationship for centuries, through trade, culture, and people-to-people ties,” he added.
In a high-profile event on Qatar National Day that was attended by several dignitaries, including FIFA President Gianni Infantino and All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium was recently opened on December 18, 2020, when it hosted the Amir Cup final between Al Saddand Al Arabi.
During the 2022 World Cup, the 40,000-seat stadium will host seven games up until the Round of 16 stages and serve as the home of the Qatar Stars League (QSL) team Al Rayyan.
The luminous facade of the stadium is covered in patterns that represent several facets of Qatar, like the value of family, the allure of the desert, local flora and fauna, and regional and global trade, it claimed. According to the statement, about 25% of the population of Qatar, a country in the Middle East, is made up of Indian expatriates.
It was the first time ever that an Indian company had any involvement at all in creating the infrastructure for a FIFA World Cup.