The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) completed construction works of 50 new parking lots to serve sports events of the 2021 Arab Cup and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
The parking lots can accommodate more than 51,000 cars and 5,600 buses on an area covering approximately three million square metres.
The works were completed in coordination and cooperation with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and other service entities.
The new parking locations include dedicated parking lots for cars, buses and taxis, and were implemented within just three months.
New parking spaces were provided in addition to the existing ones, to facilitate fans' access to the stadiums, avoid congestion and improve traffic movement in the areas surrounding the stadiums during matches.
Ashghal handed over the new parking lots to the SC to manage their operation during the sports events in coordination with the concerned authorities at the Ministry of Interior.
The 50 new parking lots are divided into 26 parking lots that directly serve the stadiums directly, and 17 parking lots in different places far from the stadiums that serve the public by providing a "Park & Ride" service using the Metro as well as the bus network of the "Karwa" transportation company. Four parking lots were implemented to serve the training grounds, in addition to the construction of 3 multi-use spaces.
As for the parking lots that serve the stadiums directly, 7 parking lots were implemented to serve Al Bayt Stadium, with a capacity of 19,000 cars and 1,930 buses. As for Al Janoub Stadium, 3 parking lots were built to serve it with a capacity of 1,800 cars and 750 buses. In addition, 5 parking lots for 4,000 cars and 370 buses were built to serve the Education City Stadium, in addition to 4 parking lots for Al Thumama Stadium serving about 11,400 cars and 400 buses, and 3 parking lots to serve Stadium 974 with a total capacity of 2,900 cars and 350 buses.
As for the parking lots that were built outside the stadium boundaries and in various places, they can accommodate about 11,900 cars and 1,800 buses.
Projects Affairs Director at Ashghal Eng. Yousef Al Emadi clarified that the authority has placed projects and works that serve sports facilities among its top priorities, as the sites for the 2021 Arab Cup have already been handed over in coordination with the concerned authorities in the country, which constitute 70% of the preparations for the 2022 World Cup.
He added that work is under way on the remaining sites according to the scheduled timetables.
On his part, Host Country Mobility Operations Director at the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Abdulaziz Ali Al Mawlawi stated that the completed parking lots would facilitate access of football fans to the stadiums, public transport network and the Metro, adding that Ashghal has implemented multi-purpose arenas and delivered to SC to meet all its requirements, from storage spaces to equipment, and required parking spaces.
For his part, Roads Projects Department Manager at Ashghal Eng. Saoud Al Tamimi confirmed that completion of this large number of parking lots within a short span of time is a significant achievement and proves the integration of efforts of all sectors of the state with the aim of making the upcoming sporting events very successful, pushing the name of Qatar as a major international destination for sport, pointing out that the completed parking lots are suitable for all types of vehicles and meet the current needs, and that Ashghal is currently implementing additional parking lots to serve the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
While implementing the parking projects for stadiums, Ashghal was keen to apply highest standards of sustainability, as bus stops were implemented using asphalt layers, and for parking lots designated for cars and taxis, shredded asphalt recycled from previous construction works was used. Ashghal has sought support of Qatari contractors to carry out all parking works, and the percentage of local components used amounted to more than 80 percent of the total materials used for the parking lots.