Al Thumama Stadium achieves significant health and safety construction milestone
Qatar has been working above and beyond to deliver an unmatched fan experience of the world’s most popular football tournament in 2022.
With its relentless efforts and exceptional planning, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has ensured the stadiums, as well as the necessary infrastructure, are ready well ahead of time.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the country launched the Education City Stadium in a digital event.
Al Thumama Stadium has achieved a significant milestone by becoming the latest FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 project site to reach 20 million working hours without a lost-time injury.
The major milestone was reached because of the rigorous health and safety standards implemented by SC, in collaboration with Al Thumama Stadium’s main contractors, a joint venture between Al Jaber Engineering LLC and Tekfen Construction and project manager TiME Qatar.
This latest milestone follows similar achievements in safe working hours met at Al Rayyan Stadium in July.
Located in the residential Al Thumama district, close to Doha's Hamad International Airport, the 40,000-capacity stadium is set to host matches up to and including the quarter-final stage during Qatar 2022.
The stadium’s design is inspired by the gahfiya, a traditional woven cap worn for centuries by men in many Arab countries. The intricate, thoughtful design by renowned Qatari architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah represents both the past and the future, not only of Qatar but the whole Arab world.
Eng. Saoud Al Ansari, SC Project Director, Al Thumama Stadium said “We are very proud to achieve this milestone. The health and safety of our workforce is our number one priority – and milestones like this only serve to illustrate that fact.”
“Once again, it is a pleasure to see that the stringent health and safety processes and procedures we implemented across our sites have achieved these results at Al Thumama Stadium,” Eng. Abdulla Al Bishri, the SC’s Health & Safety Manager added.
Due to be completed by 2021, Al Thumama Stadium has seen significant progress made in its construction, with the stadium's concrete frame, upper-tier stands, and roof columns all completed.
Once completed, the stadium’s precinct will also feature 50,000m² of the public park area, with native vegetation and almost 400 trees covering 84% of the landscape.
The Qatar 2022 venue has already been recognized for its design, winning The Architectural Review Future Project Award in May 2018.
Al Thumama Stadium's seating capacity will be reduced from 40,000 to 20,000 after the FIFA World Cup 2022. The seats removed from the stadium will be donated to countries in need of sporting infrastructure. The remaining 20,000-seat arena will be used for football and other sporting events.
In addition, a branch of Aspetar Sports Clinic will open on-site, while a boutique hotel will replace the stadium’s upper stands.
SC is committed to investing in workers’ wellbeing. Health and safety are the number one priority on all SC projects, and every worker engaged in a Qatar World Cup project is trained to recognize risks and safeguard their own wellbeing. The SC provides a level of training and education that not only fully prepares workers for the job in hand, but also enhances their future opportunities when they leave SC projects.
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