1000 days to go for FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2022 with preparations right on track

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1000 days to go for FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2022 with preparations right on track
Today - 25th February 2020 marks 1000 days to go before the historic FIFA World Cup 2022 will be held in Qatar.
 
With the whole football world gazing at this tiny but peaceful and prosperous nation, preparations for the biggest football show on earth are right on track and progressing fast and furious.
 
Two out of eight stadiums have been delivered and three more scheduled to open this year.
The close proximity of all venues hosting the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East and Arab world will ensure that fans of all 32 teams are always within reach of the eight stunning designed stadiums.
 
Latest progress update of Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022 stadiums, according to recent media reports:

Khalifa International Stadium 
 
It has been a busy year for Khalifa International Stadium which was successfully redeveloped and completed in 2017. It hosted the IAAF World Athletics Championships in September and October last year before being a host venue for two major football tournaments: the Arabian Gulf Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
 
Al Janoub Stadium 
 
Formerly known as the Al Wakrah Stadium it witnessed a spectacular inauguration in May 2019 to become the second World Cup venue to open in the country. The 40,000-capacity stadium was unveiled to the world when it hosted the Amir Cup final. 
 
Education City Stadium
 
Construction has been completed at the 40,000-capacity venue, nicknamed the 'Diamond in the Desert'. The stadium was due to host the second semi-final and final during the FIFA Club World Cup™ – but it was not possible to organise the event for certain reasons, prior to the tournament. The stadium will now open in 2020.
 
Al Bayt Stadium
 
Designed to resemble a Bedouin tent, the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium will host matches up to the semi-finals stage in 2022. Fit-out works are advancing rapidly, including the installation of furniture in the skyboxes and executive lounges. Access bridges are being built, while external work such as tree planting, landscaping, development of roads and car parks is progressing rapidly.
 
Al Rayyan Stadium
 
The pitch was recently laid at this 40,000-capacity venue, which will host matches up to the quarter-finals stage in 2022. Seats are being installed at the stadium, while the external render has almost been completed. Roof cladding is also in progress.
 
Lusail Stadium
 
The venue for Qatar 2022's opening match and final is progressing well. All 48 structural V-frames have been installed, along with six out of the 24 roof compression ring sections. Preparations for the cable net roof installation have commenced at the field of play level.
 
Ras Abu Aboud Stadium
 
This 40,000-capacity stadium will be constructed using the shipping containers which transport materials for its development. Post-2022, it will become the first fully demountable stadium in FIFA World Cup history. The fabrication for the steel structure is 25% complete and underground utilities, including more than 50% of the drainage network.
 
Al Thumama Stadium
 
Once complete, this 40,000-capacity venue will resemble the 'gahfiya' – a cap worn by men across the Middle East and Arab world. At present, 26 of the 40 façade columns have been installed, along with 14 out of 20 roof trusses. The bleacher installation has reached 90%, while block-works are 97% complete.
Infrastructure 
 
Overall, the infrastructure being developed also includes roads, new metro lines and expansion plans of the newly built state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport.
 
Doha Metro
 
Doha Metro in the country’s capital city is designed as one of the most advanced rail transit systems in the world. Phase one of the Doha Metro became operational in 2019 in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
 
The new rapid transit network is an integral component of the larger Qatar Rail network and expected to provide an efficient and reliable public transport system, while stimulating the future development in the Greater Doha area and the state.
 
As of December 2019, Doha Metro contains a 76km network with three lines (Green, Red and Gold) and 37 stations.
Roads and expressways
 
In line with Qatar Vision 2030, billions of dollars have been invested in the Qatar’s infrastructure – a nation billed as one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
Development of roads and expressways have grown by leaps and bounds with the World Cup 2022 acting as a major catalyst in taking the infrastructure works forward in a rapid way.
 
According to official sources, all major expressways will be up and running to be utilized by the year-end.
FIFA Club World Cup 2019 and 2020
 
The recently held FIFA Club World Cup 2019 and the upcoming 2020 event will act as key operational tests to prove how capable the country is in terms of hosting major football tournaments.
 
According to the local authorities, the tournament brought over 50,000 international fans into the country. The event’s official fan zone welcomed 43,000 visitors over the course of the tournament.
 
FIFA’s Chief Tournaments & Events Officer and FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC (Q22) Managing Director, Colin Smith has said, “Test events give us a great opportunity to assess new stadiums, work with authorities, integrate and train the teams. That all provides us with an important insight into planning for the World Cup. And as we move closer, planning becomes more operational. The joint venture team we have in Qatar is increasing in size, several teams have already visited Qatar to inspect training facilities, and we are bringing stakeholders closer – our Commercial Affiliates were in Doha last year, and the main broadcasters earlier this year.”  
 
FIFA.com in its report entitled Qatar on track to welcome the world with just 1,000 days to go until the FIFA World Cup 2022™ has quoted FIFA President Gianni Infantino as saying, “With 1,000 days to go, Qatar stands where no other host did before. Qatar wants to amaze the world and is on track to achieve it. The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be a breakthrough from a social and cultural perspective. It will open the doors of this football-mad region, offering a new perspective to locals and foreigners, bringing people together and serving as a tool for common understanding.”
 
His Excellency, Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), added: “Ten years of our lives, day in, day out, have been dedicated to this tournament. Personally, I can only look forward with excitement, as well as some nerves, but more importantly, conviction that this will be – without a doubt – the best tournament. We are determined to ensure that the first World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world will set a benchmark in the history of hosting major sporting events.”
 
And Chief Executive Officer of the Q22, Nasser Al Khater assured football fans the world over saying, “With all our infrastructure projects on track, one of our key priorities now is to shape the fan experience in 2022. We are determined to host a tournament which is welcoming to all and family-friendly, and one that shows our country and region in the most positive light. We learned a lot from the Club World Cup across every functional area and will apply the lessons learned in the 2020 edition and in our 2022 planning.” 
 
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy is working hard with all the important local and global stakeholders putting their best foot forward as the days, minutes and seconds tick by to make the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2022 a historic and amazing football tournament the earth has ever witnessed.

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