Education City Stadium, one of the host stadia for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, has become the first tournament venue to receive a five-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS).

As well as being awarded the GSAS design and build five-star rating, the stadium was presented with GSAS Construction Management Class A* and GSAS Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio certificates.

The stadium received the provisional design and build certification back in January 2019 and this has now been ratified. The award was presented by Dr Yousef Al Horr, the founding chairman of the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD), to Jassim Telefat, executive director of the technical delivery service at Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.

Eng. Bodour Al Meer, the Supreme Committee’s sustainability and environment senior manager, said: “This prestigious award is a clear indicator that we are delivering on our commitment to sustainability and green building; it is a proud moment for everyone that has worked on this very special project.”

“Education City Stadium will provide world-class facilities to players and supporters in 2022, but today’s ceremony shows it also provides local communities with much more than just that – a legacy that will benefit Qatar for generations to come. We look forward to working with GORD over the coming years to ensure each of our other sites matches the high standards set by this magnificent stadium.”

Education City Stadium is scheduled to stage matches up to the quarter-final stage of the 2022 World Cup.

The venue had been due to host matches during last month’s FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar but its opening was pushed back after the necessary certification process took longer than expected. The stadium is set to be officially inaugurated soon.

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