Al Wakrah stadium to be ready by end of 2018: Official Feb 07, 2018 0 1577 12345 AFPDohaThe Qatar World Cup venue designed by celebrated Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid will be completed by the end of 2018, officials responsible for the project said on Tuesday.The 40,000 capacity, $575 million Al Wakrah Stadium is expected to be one of the two 2022 venues completed this year.Building work on the 60,000-seater Al Bayt stadium is also expected to be completed by December.If so, it will mean Qatar will have built almost half of its proposed eight venues with four years still to go to the tournament.The Khalifa International Stadium, also the venue for the 2019 World Athletics Championships, was completed last year."We will be finishing hopefully by the end of this year and then ready to use," Thani al Zarraa, Al Wakrah's project manager told AFP.One of the major tasks ahead is to fit the stadium's distinctive retractable roof ” meant to resemble the sails of a traditional dhow fishing boat ” comprising some 1,400 pieces, which will be shipped to Qatar from Italy.Once completed, World Cup officials will trial the stadium with"test matches", including potential international friendlies, said Zarraa.He said the design would also make it"one of the loudest stadiums" in 2022."All the ambience and cheering will hit the roof and come back into the stadium," he said.Al Wakrah, some 15 kilometres south of Doha, will be used during the World Cup for games up to the quarter-finals.After the World Cup, the capacity will be reduced to 20,000. It was one of Hadid's last major designs before her death in March 2016. Major works by Hadid include the Guangzhou Opera House in China, the Bergisel ski jump and the aquatics centre at the 2012 London Olympics. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Team Qatar Sport Village set to light up National Sport Day Feb 07, 2018 0 663 Al Jazeera inks deal with Euronews to promote brand Feb 07, 2018 0 627 Blockade a grave human rights violation: Qatar Feb 07, 2018 0 1119 Emir greets UK Queen Doha The Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani on Tuesday sent a cable of congratulations to HM Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom on the occasion of the anniversary of her accession to the throne. (QNA) Qatar Post steps up security at General Post Office DOHA The Qatar Postal Services Company (Q-Post) has stepped up security at the main General Post Office (GPO) after a video circulating on social media showed damaged PO Boxes in the main office, the company said in a .. Qatar leads the world in Internet penetration DOHA Qatar has been ranked number one in the world in terms of Internet penetration for the period between January 2017 and January 2018. According to"Digital in 2018" insight report, Qatar with 2,640,360 internet users .. Sidra Medicine launches new services QNA Doha Sidra Medicine, a specialty healthcare organisation for children, young people and women and a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has launched a number of new .. NHRC chief calls on EU to shun neutrality in Gulf crisis QNA Paris Qatar's National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Chairman Dr Ali bin Smaikh al Marri has called on the European Union and some other countries to turn away from the position of neutrality towards the Gulf ..