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Road to 2022 | 0:46
PREPARATIONS for the controversial 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar are in full swing.
While a number of venues - including the Zaha Hadid-designed Al Wakrah stadium - have already been completed, some are still underway.
These include the Foster + Partners designed Lusail Iconic Stadium, an 80,000 seat venue that will host the World Cup final, as well as the 40,000 seat Ras Abu Aboud that will be made from demountable shipping containers.
Above: The temporary stadium will comprise of shipping containers (image courtesy of Road to 2022).
Located on the Doha waterfront, across from Qatar's newly constructed National Museum, the new stadium will be redeveloped after the tournament and become a new urban quarter with a large shopping mall and public park.
Above: Foundations and drainage are almost complete (image courtesy of Road to 2022).
Construction began in late 2017 with foundation works commencing in February 2018.
The main structure of the stadium will comprise a steel frame which will be filled in with shipping container modules accommodating the venue's functions. It is due to complete next year.
Above: The foundations will support a steel structure (image courtesy of Road to 2022).
This modular, offsite approach aims to reduce waste on the building site while significantly speeding up construction.
Concrete is now being poured to form the foundations and work on laying drainage and utilities has begun, while the fit out of the shipping containers is currently underway.
Above: The stadium will be dismantled and its parts donated to construct youth training venues across the world (image courtesy of Road to 2022).
After the tournament, the stadium will be dismantled and its constituent parts will be donated to build smaller football venues around the world.