Project Doha, Qatar

Al Wakrah Stadium

The first exploits of the 2022 World Cup

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Al Wakrah is one of the 8 stadiums that will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Six Construct and its partners will finish the construction works by the end of 2018. Ahead of the prowess of the football stars, they have already carried off a major feat: slimming the budget by more than 30% relative to the initial plans.

Ingenious setting for the World Cup

More than 40,000 spectators will be able to watch the World Cup matches in the new Al Wakrah stadium, 20 km south of Doha. In this ultra-modern stadium, shaped like a futuristic boat hull, everything will be provided for their comfort: parking area, retail complex, arrival and departure areas for supporters’ shuttle buses,etc. After the World Cup, the upper tier of this gem will be removed, reducing its capacity to 20,000 seats and giving it a second life after the high mass of football.

A design mission was added to this project which initially only asked for a construction partner.

Jean-Louis Govaerts
Deputy Director Engineering, BESIX

A 30% cost reduction

The plans proposed by the initial design office came with a high price tag for their implementation. At the customer's request, Six Construct sought ways to reduce them. The BESIX Group engineers in charge of the project study came up with the idea of compressing the stadium to reduce its footprint. This new design permits savings of over 30% on the original budget, despite needing to rethink the layout of the interior spaces and adapt the already-laid foundations.

Out-of-the-box solution

In the initial design, the majestic enclosure encompassed the entire infrastructure required for the World Cup. BESIX Group, however, decided to place the temporary premises serving only for the big games of 2022 outside the enclosure. This reduced its radius by 7 m, while preserving the look, the capacity and the safety of the stadium. And especially without losing sight of the strict FIFA criteria, particularly in terms of surface areas and connections between premises.

Project details

Project name

Al Wakrah Stadium

Area(s) of expertise


Contract type

Design & Build


Doha, Qatar


Six Construct


Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Building Period

2016 - 2018


Zaha Hadid Architects

Total value

€ 587 million


40,777 seats

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