MOSCOW, November 20. /TASS/. The construction of all the eight stadiums for the 2022 World Cup has been complete in Qatar, Nasser Al Khater, CEO of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, said during a Zoom conference on Saturday.
Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy announced earlier on Saturday that the construction of the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, which was renamed Stadium 974, had finished. The new name was given due to the number of shipping containers used in construction. Besides, it is Qatar’s international dialing code.
"I am happy to announce that with one year to go, all stadiums are complete. Major work stop, Lusail as a stadium is complete, there are just some surrounding areas that require some sort of paving. But the stadium itself is complete. So I am happy to announce that all eight stadiums for the World Cup are complete," Al Khater said when asked by TASS about the readiness of the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.
"I mean it’s a good place to be out with one year to go, and all your stadiums are ready," he added.
"We are just waiting for the right time to unveil Lusail to the public," he said.
However, he could not say who would take part in the opening match of the World Cup’s largest stadium.
Al Khater was confident that the construction of infrastructure for the world tournament would have been over by its start.
"We are confident that all construction work will be completed, when it come to the road infrastructure and other infrastructure that is required for the World Cup, all will be in place and complete," he said.
2022 FIFA World Cup
Qatar is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup between November 21 and December 18 at eight stadiums in seven cities across the country, namely in Doha, Lusail, Al Wakrah, Al Khor, Al Rayyan, Umm Salal and Madinat ash Shamal.
Qatar won the right to host the matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on December 2, 2010.
In March 2015, FIFA officially announced that the 22nd edition of FIFA’s flagship event would be played in November and December 2022, with the final match set for December 18, 2022, coinciding with - Qatar National Day. The objective, in principle, was to hold the tournament over 28 days.