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A Seoul-based company has been awarded a $16.2 million contract to design Qatar’s Al Thumama World Cup stadium.

Heerim Architects and Planners Co. announced the agreement in a stock exchange statement this week, according to Zawya.

The South Korean firm has previously designed a stadium used by UEFA in Azerbaijan in 2015 and the main stadium for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.

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2014 Asian Games Main Stadium in Incheon

The Qatar contract was awarded by the main contractor on the Al Thumama project, which is a joint venture between Al Jaber Engineering and Turkish firm Tekfen Construction.

The $342.5 million stadium, located between E-Ring and F-Ring roads, is expected to host matches up to the quarter-final stage.

It will seat some 40,000 fans, and like several other Qatar stadiums, be dismantled to accommodate half that many people after 2022.

Other stadiums

Qatar is currently readying eight stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. It will complete its first venue, the renovated Khalifa International, next month.

Others won’t be done until at least 2020. That includes Al Thumama and two other stadiums whose designs have yet to be finalized.

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Lusail Stadium rendering, as submitted by Qatar during bid process.

The most anticipated one is the Lusail Stadium, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the tournament.

In 2015, officials announced that British firm Foster + Partners would work with sports and stadium experts including ARUP and Populous to create the final design for the arena.

It will be an “iconic, contemporary stadium inspired by Qatari culture,” the head of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) Hassan Al Thawadi said at the time.

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View from the upcoming Ras Abu Aboud stadium

Meanwhile, the Ras Abu Aboud stadium is also still being designed. It will be located on a waterfront and when completed, face the Doha skyline.

Global architecture firm Populous is also working on the design for that venue, the SCDL said on its website.

Additionally, the main contractor for the Ras Abu Abboud project is expected to be chosen by June of this year.

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With just five years to go before the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has almost completed its first stadium for the tournament.

Khalifa International Stadium in Al Waab will be ready to launch next month, organizers have announced.

The venue marked a milestone this week after 7,800 square meters of turf was laid there in record time.

According to the Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF), a new world record was set after the pitch was put down in just 13 and a half hours.

Stadium construction

Khalifa International is one of Qatar’s oldest stadiums, and has been undergoing renovations over the past few years to become tournament-ready for 2022.

It has a 40,000 seat capacity and will host games up to the quarter-finals during the tournament.

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Al Wakrah stadium seat design

At least seven more stadiums in Qatar are expected to be up and running by 2020.

However, Khalifa International was expected to be handed over by the end of 2016.

Since it is at least four months behind schedule, whether the other venues will be completed in three years’ time remains to be seen.

They are Al Rayyan, Al Wakrah, Al Bayt Al Khor, Qatar Foundation, Lusail, Ras Abu Aboud and Al Thumama.

Growing grass

In a statement, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) said the pitch was transferred from its “turf nursery” in Al Rayyan.

A dozen different species of grass are currently being tested inside the farm, which is being run in conjunction with the AZF.

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Laying down the pitch at Khalifa International stadium

The most resilient, highest-performing and best-looking turf will be used on the stadium pitches for the World Cup matches.

The SCDL is also operating a tree and turf nursery in northern Qatar. The aim of that space is to grow greenery to surround Qatar’s World Cup stadiums.

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Qatar’s World Cup organizers have awarded the main construction contract for one of their final tournament stadiums.

The Al Thumama stadium will be built by a joint venture between Qatar’s AlJaber Engineer (JEC) and Turkey’s Tekfen Construction.

The venue will be located between E-Ring and F-Ring Roads, or between the Medical Commission and the under-construction Kahramaa Awareness Park.

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Al Thumama stadium site

It is expected to host matches up the quarter-final stage, and will seat some 40,000 people.

Like several other Qatar stadiums, it will be dismantled to accommodate half that many people after 2022.

The selection of the Turkish firm comes as ties between Qatar and Turkey grow increasingly stronger.

In a statement, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SCDL) Secretary General Hassan Al Thawadi said:

“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.”

Progress report

Qatar is expected to finish eight World Cup stadiums by 2020. However, FIFA has yet to decide how many venues the country needs for the tournament.

Some, like Khalifa International Stadium on Al Waab, are almost complete, if not slightly behind schedule.

Meanwhile, work on the Al Khor Al Bayt and Al Wakrah stadiums are expected to wrap up next year.

And Al Rayyan and Qatar Foundation are slated for a 2019 completion.

But other venues remain in the preliminary stages. The design for at least three of the venues, including Al Thumama, Lusail and Ras Abu Abboud have yet to be revealed.

And the Ras Abu Abboud stadium will not have a main contractor until at least the second quarter of this year, the SCDL said.

So far, Qatar has chosen a diverse range of firms to build the stadiums, including from India, China, Italy and Cyprus.

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