AL RAYYAN: STADIUM OF THE YEAR
At the World Stadium Congress held in Doha last month, over 300 global experts in the fields of stadium operation, architecture, contracts, etc., gathered to discuss the future of sports. Al Rayyan Stadium also won an award at the event.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SCDL) was awarded the Stadium Design of the Year award for Al Rayyan Stadium at the 2016 World Stadium Congress in Doha. Abdulla Al Fehani, Al Rayyan Stadium Project Manager at the SC, received the award announced by a judging panel that included Stadia Magazine Editor Matt Ross and Tim Brouw, Stadium and Tournament Consultant. “It is an honour to receive this award on behalf of the Supreme Committee and a reconfirmation of our commitment to excellence in creating innovative designs which incorporate the culture, heritage and needs of the local community,” said Al Fehani after the award ceremony. At the event, held in partnership with the SCDL, over 300 experts that included federation directors, government officials, renowned athletes and tournament stakeholders, talked about issues of planning and delivering a diverse pipeline of national stadium projects, public private partnerships in stadiums, the fan of the future and lessons from other countries like Brazil which is hosting two mega events in the space of two years. The keynote address was delivered by Jurgen Muller, Head of Planning & Infrastructure and Head of 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar from FIFA. Subsequent breakout sessions included interactive roundtable discussions called “Locker Rooms” that focused on macro issues ranging from stadium technology and modernity to more technical concepts like textile membranes, façades and legacy.