Interview with Khalifa Al Mana on the 2022 FIFA World Cup™
ESSMA interviewed Khalifa Al Mana – Senior Project Engineer at Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy – to receive an update on the development of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ host venues.
What is the latest update on stadium development for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™?
Seven stadiums are in construction phase, each in a different stage. Some are near completion and one stadium was already completed in 2017. We inaugurated Khalifa International Stadium with the final of the Emir Cup in May 2017. We will witness the opening of another stadium this year and all stadiums will be totally completed two years prior to the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.
“The key factor is the compact nature of the event. The most distant stadium from Doha is only one hour away from the capital city.”
Why will the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ be a unique tournament?
The key factor is the compact nature of the event. The most distant stadium from Doha is Al Bayt Stadium - which is located in Al Khor – and is only one hour away from the capital city. Thus, fans can attend two matches a day. For the players it means that they will not have to change their location, since they don't need internal flights. Therefore, the players will have more time to train and to rest. We are looking forward to have a really great 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in terms of quality of the games and in terms of fan experience.
“The legacy plans are picked really thoughtful with regard to what the community and the country need. That is why each stadium will have a different legacy.”
Why is legacy important for the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy?
Qatar is building eight stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. It would be a waste if big infrastructures - and we have seen that before with many events - end up with minimal operations after the tournament. So it is really important to engage with the community, with the governments and with the surrounding projects to actually understand what is appropriate for a particular region. The legacy plans are picked really thoughtful with regard to what the community and the country need. That is why each stadium will have a different legacy.