22 February 2017
Stadium in Al Thumama district of Doha gets underway with signing of AlJaber Engineering LLC and Tekfen Construction as Main Contractor

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for delivering the stadiums and infrastructure required for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, has announced the Main Contractor (MC) for the stadium being built in Doha’s Al Thumama district, with Qatari construction giant AlJaber Engineer LLC (JEC) and leading Turkish construction firm, Tekfen Construction, confirmed as joint-venture (JV) partners.

Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB), the oldest architectural and engineering consulting firm in Qatar, was confirmed in 2015 as the Design & Construction Supervision Consultant for the 40,000 seater. Al Thumama – a proposed venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ - is the seventh stadium for which the main construction contract has been awarded. The venue, located just minutes from Hamad International Airport and in the centre of the urban development of Qatar’s capital Doha, is scheduled for completion by 2020 and will host FIFA World Cup™ matches up to the quarter-final stage.

SC Secretary General, H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, said at the announcement: “We are delighted to award the main contract to AlJaber Engineering and Tekfen as a Joint-Venture. The stadium in Al Thumama is located in one of the most rapidly developing areas of Doha. Once ready, the stadium and its surrounding precinct will not only become one of the capital’s central sporting arenas, but will also serve the local community as a central community destination.”

Al Thawadi continued: “I am confident that the signing of Al Jaber Engineering and Tekfen Construction, one of the leading construction companies in Turkey, will deliver an outstanding, legacy-oriented stadium for a historic tournament.”

The stadium is located in an area of 515,400 square meters that already comprises four outdoor training pitches and office facilities currently used by the Qatar Football Association Technical Committee. The stadium will have a reduced capacity of 20,000 seats in its post tournament legacy mode as part of the SC’s modular stadium legacy plans.

Eng. Hilal Al-Kuwari, Technical Delivery Office Chairman at the SC, said: “We’re pleased to bring together two firms as reputable as AlJaber and Tekfen to deliver such an important project for the SC and Qatar. The awarding of this contract represents another important project milestone, coming at a significant time as Qatar and the SC move beyond the half-way point in its World Cup journey. The appointment of a local company in this joint venture also demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the economic legacy for Qatar, post 2022.”

On being awarded the contract as the Lead Partner of the JV, Osama Hadid, CEO of AlJaber Engineering Company, said: “We are thankful the SC has entrusted us with the responsibility of constructing such an important development for the City of Doha and the communities that thrive in the district of Al Thumama. Being a Qatari company we are proud to build such a strategically important venue for this historic tournament. We will ensure delivery of a stadium that makes the residents of Al Thumama and the wider Doha community proud when it opens its doors for the tournament in 2022.”

Levent Kafkasli, President of Tekfen Construction, said: “On behalf of Tekfen Construction and all of its employees, I would like to thank the SC for entrusting us with the task of delivering such an important stadium for the city of Doha and the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Turkey already has strong relations with Qatar and we are honoured to further strengthen this relationship by joining hands with our Qatari Joint-Venture partner, AlJaber Engineering Company.”

Ibrahim M. Jaidah, AEB’s GCEO and Chief Architect, said: “We are honored to be part of Al Thumama Stadium as design architects. This achievement for a local company shows the benefits that hosting the World Cup has created for local companies to take part in a tournament that will be viewed by millions, for the first time in the Middle East. The Arab Engineering Bureau is the first consulting office in Qatar in 1966. AEB has been awarded many local and international awards for reflecting the Qatari and Islamic identity in its modern designs.”

Construction began in Al Thumama in mid-2016, with TiME Qatar as the project managers. Most recently levelling and grading works were completed by Boom Construction. The stadium design will be launched in 2017.

Progress continues

In 2016, main works were awarded to Al Rayyan Stadium and Qatar Foundation Stadium and Lusail Stadium, which joined Khalifa International Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor City and Al Wakrah Stadium in construction main works stage. Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will award the main contract in the second quarter of 2017.

All contracts on the stadium in Al Thumama incorporate the SC’s Workers’ Welfare Standards. Contractual enforcement of these standards and a rigorous four-tier auditing system guarantees international best practice on the stadium.


About the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy 
Established in 2011 by the State of Qatar, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is responsible for the delivery of the infrastructure and host country planning and operations required for Qatar to host an amazing and historic 2022 FIFA World Cup™ which accelerates progress towards achieving national development goals and creates a lasting legacy for Qatar, the Middle East, Asia and the world.

The stadiums, non-competition venues and other infrastructure the SC and our stakeholders are delivering will contribute to a compact and connected FIFA World Cup™ with sustainability and accessibility at its heart. After the tournament, the stadiums and surrounding precincts will become vibrant hubs of community life – an integral part of the legacy we are building.

Working closely with the Qatar 2022 Local Organising Committee (LOC), the SC is also responsible for 2022 FIFA World Cup™ host country planning and operations. Families and groups of fans arriving from around the world will experience a secure, human-centred tournament that both celebrates and exemplifies the hospitality for which Qatar and the region are known.

Finally, through programmes including Generation Amazing, Challenge 22, Workers’ Welfare, initiatives such as Community Engagement and the establishment of the Josoor Institute, the SC harnesses the power of football to stimulate human, social, economic and environmental development in communities across Qatar, the region and Asia.

To learn more, please visit www.sc.qa

About Al Jaber Trading & Contracting (JTC) 
AlJaber Engineering (JEC) is a leading Qatari general contractor. Established in 1995 as member of AlJaber Group of Companies - a major conglomerate comprising over 40 companies.  JEC has successfully completed large-scale turnkey projects for prestigious clients in various sectors; these include infrastructure and highway projects, oil, gas and industrial plants, pipelines, power & desalination plants and landmark buildings.

JEC employs a workforce in excess of 10,000 and operates and maintains the largest fleet of equipment in Qatar. JEC implements the highest health, safety and environmental sustainability standards.

AlJaber Engineering is a major participant in the construction sector in Qatar, working together with its clients to achieve Qatar National Vision 2030.

About Tekfen Construction 
Tekfen Construction and Installation Co., Inc., today a leading organisation in challenging fields of contracting activities but also a studious environmentalist, traces its roots to an engineering consulting company established in 1956. An uncompromising dedication to global quality standards in its business conduct has underscored the company's consistent growth and stability over five decades.

Presently, Tekfen Construction and Installation Co., Inc., as an affiliate of Tekfen Holding Co., Inc., is a respectable signature as an international contractor with major accomplishments in Turkey, the Middle East, North Africa, Caucasia & Central Asia, East & Central Europe. Its wide span of activities ranges from heavy civil works to refineries and petrochemical plants; from satellite towns to major industrial processing plant; from pipelines and marine structures to power plants, electrical and communication works.

With its sister companies and strategic partnerships, Tekfen is capable of extending its services to large span of clients, worldwide.

As an ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certified company, Tekfen is dedicated to higher quality standards, aiming excellence through "continual improvement" and strict belief in "teamwork".

About Arab Engineering Bureau 
Founded in 1966, Arab Engineering Bureau is an award winning full service Architectural Design and Consultancy firm with a truly inimitable portfolio. AEB draws on the strengths of a unique architectural methodology, established by its GCEO & Chief Architect, Ibrahim Jaidah, which portrays the present development and where appropriate, preserves and articulates the traditional Qatari Architecture. The firm considers every project to be a benefactor to a sustainable environment, local economy and community.

The firm works across extensively divergent project scales, typologies and environmental conditions with its approach grounded in the search for contextually appropriate, and environmentally sustainable solutions. With a growing number of GSAS projects in its portfolio, the firm considers every project to be a benefactor to a sustainable environment, local economy and community.

As a trusted partner AEB aims to provide quality output at the highest standard keeping abreast with the latest innovations in the construction industry and by using state-of-the-art technologies.

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