The Union of India Foreign Minister Shri Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, together with Dr. Deepak Mittal, Indian Ambassador to Qatar, visited the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, home of the 2022 FIFA World Cup built by a company india on monday night.
His Excellency Hassan Al Thawadi and Nasser Al Khater, President and CEO respectively of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC, met with the ministerial delegation at the stadium and conducted a full tour of the facilities, including the field, areas competition and VVIP seating areas.
Senior officials explained in detail the sustainability features of the stadium and the operation of the Advanced Cooling System, a high-profile fixture that is a legacy project arising from plans to host the 2022 World Cup.
The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium was recently opened on December 18, 2020, when it hosted the Amir Cup final between Al Sadd and Al Arabi in a high-profile event on Qatar’s National Day attended by various dignitaries, including FIFA President Gianni Infantino and the Indian Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel.
The 40,000-seat stadium will host seven matches up to the knockout stage during the 2022 World Cup and will function as the home of Al Rayyan of the Qatar Stars League (QSL).
The stadium’s façade is resplendent and made up of patterns that symbolize different aspects of Qatar: the importance of family, the beauty of the desert, the native flora and fauna, and local and international commerce.
Interestingly, Qatar has a significant presence of Indian expatriates with nearly 25 percent of the population of the Middle Eastern nation being Indians.
“We are very pleased to receive the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of India, HE Subrahmanyam Jaishanker at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan,” His Excellency Hassan Al Thawadi, who is also Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) said after Dr. Jaishankar’s visit.
“As with all 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar stadium projects, the launch of the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium is a shining example of how we continue to deliver on our vision for the tournament, through sustainability, health and safety. security, creating new economic opportunities for Qatar. companies by forging global partnerships and ultimately uniting Asia around the second FIFA World Cup ™ ️ hosted on the continent. ”
It should also be noted that SC, the organization responsible for the delivery of the World Cup, had entrusted the task of building the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium to a joint venture between Qatar and India between Al Balagh Trading & Contracting of Qatar and the largest company. building of India. – Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T).
This was the first time in history that an Indian company was involved in any capacity when it came to building infrastructure for a FIFA World Cup.
“Qatar and India have shared a close relationship for centuries, through trade, culture and people-to-people ties, and the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, built by Larsen & Toubro, is a symbol of this relationship and our shared history.” Al Thawadi said further.
“The stadium is also a representation of modern and cosmopolitan Qatar, where the Indian community is the largest group of resident expatriates and is a major contributor to Qatar’s rapid economic development.”