Project Doha, Qatar

Al Janoub Stadium

The first exploits of the 2022 World Cup

As part of a joint venture with Midmac and PORR, Six Construct designed and built the Al Janoub stadium. This site covers an area of more than 580,000 m² and is one of the 8 stadiums that will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The 40,000 seater stadium will host matches up to the quarter-finals. Six Construct and its partners completed the construction works beginning of 2019. Ahead of the prowess of the football stars, they have already carried off a major feat: slimming the budget by more than 30% relative to the initial plans.

Ingenious setting for the World Cup

More than 40,000 spectators will be able to watch the World Cup matches in the new Al Janoub stadium, 20 km south of Doha. In this ultra-modern stadium, shaped like a futuristic boat hull, everything will be provided for their comfort: parking area, retail complex, arrival and departure areas for supporters’ shuttle buses, etc. After the World Cup, the upper tier of this gem will be removed, reducing its capacity to 20,000 seats and giving it a second life after the high mass of football.

A design mission was added to this project which initially only asked for a construction partner.

A 30% cost reduction

The plans proposed by the initial design office came with a high price tag for their implementation. At the customer's request, Six Construct sought ways to reduce them. The BESIX Group engineers in charge of the project study came up with the idea of compressing the stadium to reduce its footprint. This new design permits savings of over 30% on the original budget, despite needing to rethink the layout of the interior spaces and adapt the already-laid foundations.

Out-of-the-box solution & Sustainability

In the initial design, the majestic enclosure encompassed the entire infrastructure required for the World Cup. BESIX Group, however, decided to place the temporary premises serving only for the big games of 2022 outside the enclosure. This reduced its radius by 7 m, while preserving the look, the capacity and the safety of the stadium. And especially without losing sight of the strict FIFA criteria, particularly in terms of surface areas and connections between premises.

Al Janoub stadium ranks amongst the world’s most sustainable stadiums. In 2018, it has been awarded a four-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS). The major sustainability highlight of the stadium is its innovative and energy-efficient cooling technology. The complex uses an energy recovery system in order to reduce energy consumption. 

Project details

Project name

Al Janoub Stadium

Area(s) of expertise


Contract type

Design & Build


Doha, Qatar


Six Construct


Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Building Period

2016 - 2019


Zaha Hadid Architects

Total value

€ 587 million


40,777 seats

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