HBK Contracting Company has become the first Qatari firm to land a main works contract to a stadium being developed for the nation’s staging of the 2022 edition of national team football tournament the FIFA World Cup.

HBK will oversee the development of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, a 40,000-seat venue being built using modular building blocks, making it the first fully demountable World Cup stadium.

Construction began on Ras Abu Aboud Stadium in late 2017, with Time Qatar as the project managers. Site clearance and demolition, as well as establishment of site facilities, was recently completed.

The stadium, located just minutes from Hamad International Airport and in the centre of the urban development of Qatar’s capital Doha, is scheduled for main works completion by 2020.

Constructed using shipping containers, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will be entirely dismantled and repurposed after the 2022 World Cup. Its parts will be used in other sporting or non-sporting projects.

Mohammed A. Al Mulla, project manager at Qatar 2022 organising body the Supreme Committee for the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, said: “This will be a technically challenging job – a project of this scale hasn’t been done before. But, when the 40,000 fans begin streaming in on match day in 2022, it will all have been worth it.”

HBK has already successfully delivered the enabling works for Qatar 2022’s Al Wakrah Stadium and is currently part of the main contractor joint venture on Lusail Stadium.

Located in a 450,000m² water-front site with views over Doha’s skyline, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will host matches up to the quarter-finals in 2022.

HBK president, H.E. Sheikh Ali Bin Hamad K. Al Thani, said: “The innovative and state-of-the-art nature of this demountable stadium design will require a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, and we look forward to working closely with the SC and other entities.”

Image: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy