World Cup projects to be ready in 2020
14 Mar 2017 - 23:57
By Sanaullah Ataullah / The Peninsula
Sports infrastructure projects of the 2022 World Cup are progressing as scheduled and would complete in 2020, Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) has said.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Tarsheed award ceremony on Monday, Al Thawadi said Khalifa International Stadium will be the first venue to complete construction, with other venues to be ready between 2018 and 2020.
Al Thawadi said the SC has announced the start of the design process for five venues, while two further venues had contracts awarded to the main contractor.
The SC secretary-general said construction work has already begun in five to six venues, adding that the remaining ones will be announced soon.
All projects related to the World Cup are abiding by requirements of sustainable development initiative and those related to energy efficiency and conservation of other natural resources.
Replying a question on the procedures of tender, Al Thawadi said, “Projects related to 2022 World Cup are being awarded through tenders floated by the committee concerned at SC. The bids submitted by the contracting companies are scrutinized based on their experiences and capabilities. The financial conditions of the companies are also being evaluated. Based on these and other technical requirements the committee concerned awards tenders to the winning candidate."
He appreciated the Tarsheed 22 (T22) campaign saying it received overwhelming response from students and schools.
"It is an ideal initiative in term of the interaction with community and their acceptance. The second edition of the campaign was launched jointly by SC, Kahramaa, and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to influence the human behavior for conservation of electricity and water," said Al Thawadi.
The campaign targeted students of 22 primary independent schools. The initiative could be expanded to other school levels like preparatory and secondary to reach out to the maximum number of students. However, the final decision in this regard will be taken by the team concerned.