The tender for the first solar-powered World Cup 2022 stadium has been issued and the winners will be announced in November or December, the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee has said. Construction should follow soon thereafter and if all goes according to plan, Al Wakrah stadium will be complete as soon as 2015.
“The stadium will be developed in conjunction with Qatar Foundation at Education City,” and an additional five of the 12 planned stadia are in either planning or tender stages.
Qatar is taking their world cup planning very seriously, as they hope to create a cultural, economic and social legacy, although this will depend a great deal on how well they treat their foreign workers during the process.
“Our aim is to ensure that the event contributes to achieving the targets set in the 2030 National Vision and to ensure this, it is of the utmost importance that the entire nation works together in a spirit of close cooperation,” said secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi.
“Continued optimism across the whole Middle East –from Algeria to Yemen – is once again driving demand from all aspects of the solar industry” says Nick Thomson, exhibition director GulfSol 2013 (3-5 September, 2013, Dubai). “In what are tough times for solar everywhere else, the mood of optimism surrounding the MENA region is tangible” he adds.
“With exciting developments such as Qatar all lined up, the scope for solar technology suppliers is immense, and as the traditional European and Far Eastern markets struggle and tire, it is with great relief that there is a rapidly emerging bright spot – and that is the Middle East” he adds.
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