Chinese firm in JV to build Lusail Stadium in Qatar

China Railway Construction Corporation in joint venture with Qatar’s HBK

Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organiser has revealed that one of the tournament’s stadia is to be built by a Chinese construction firm in partnership with a Qatari company.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) announced the main contractor of Lusail Stadium, with Qatari company HBK Contracting (HBK) and China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) in a joint venture (JV).

The Lusail stadium, the centerpiece of the 2022 tournament, is designed by British architectural firm Foster + Partner. The design of the 80,000-seat stadium was completed earlier this year.

“The awarding of this contract represents another important project milestone and comes at a significant time as Qatar and the SC have just passed the six-years-to-go anniversary and reach the halfway point in our 2022 FIFA World Cup journey,” said SC secretary general, Hassan al-Thawadi.

HBK Contracting Company president Sheikh Ali bin Hamad Al Thani said: “Being a Qatari company we are also proud to be part of such a historic national project and are committed to deliver Lusail Stadium with our partners at CRCC to the highest possible standard and in line with the agreed deadlines.”

CRCC chairman Zhuo Lei added: “As a leading enterprise of the engineering and construction industry of China, we are honoured to join hands with our Qatari joint venture partner HBK in delivering Lusail Stadium.”

The Lusail stadium – the largest of the planned eight stadia – in Lusail City, 20km north of Doha, is scheduled for completion by 2020 and will host the opening and final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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