Football stadiums with a perspective
Sustainability – that is the keyword in creating the eight new temples of football for the FIFA World Cup in 2022 in Qatar. The Emirate is building the stadiums according to the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS). Hassan Al Thawadi, the General Secretary of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said on occasion of the Green Expo Forum in Doha that the adoption of sustainability is not only to maintain a legacy for a long time for Qatar and region, but it also derives from Qatar vision 2030. “I am glad to announce that the preparation and development of GSAS have been adopted by Federation International Football Association (FIFA) as international standards for buildings friendly with environment.”
These standards created by the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development are part of the first system committed to stringent criteria, which require all new buildings to achieve energy saving as well as long time using perspective. It is the first of its kind in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). All stadiums under construction in Qatar will be certified by the institute which is very welcomed by FIFA. The stadiums should be used far beyond 2022 – and not decay like those in Greece after the country hosted the Olympic games in 2004.