Qatar stadium designed by Zaha Hadid to be built ‘by end of year’

A computer generated image hand out, released by the Organising Committee of Qatar 2022 shows the stadium to be built in Al-Wakrah for the Qatar's 2022 World Cup. (AFP)
Updated 06 February 2018

Qatar stadium designed by Zaha Hadid to be built ‘by end of year’

DOHA: The Qatar World Cup venue designed by celebrated Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid will be finished by the end of 2018, officials responsible for the project said Tuesday.
The 40,000 capacity, $575 million Al-Wakrah Stadium is expected to be one of two further 2022 venues completed this year.
Building work on the 60,000 Al-Bayt stadium is also expected to be completed by December.
If so, it will mean Qatar — which is spending almost $500 million a week on World Cup projects — 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 — comprised of some 1,400 pieces, which will be pre-assembled in Italy, then shipped to Qatar.
Once completed, 2022 World Cup officials will trial the stadium with “test matches” including potential international friendlies, said Zarraa.
Al-Wakrah will be used during the World Cup for games up to and including quarter-finals.
It was one of Hadid’s last major designs before her death in March 2016, aged 65.
Major works by Hadid include the Guangzhou Opera House in China, the Bergisel ski jump and the aquatics center at the 2012 London Olympics.


Germany warns dual nationals off Iran travel after arrest

Updated 23 November 2020

Germany warns dual nationals off Iran travel after arrest

BERLIN: Germany has warned citizens who also hold Iranian nationality against travelling to Iran after a dual national was arrested in October.
The foreign ministry did not name the detained citizen, but she has been identified as Nahid Taghavi by her daughter Mariam Claren.
"There have been several arrests of German-Iranian dual nationals in the past -- including most recently in October 2020, often without comprehensible reasons," said the German foreign ministry in an online update of its travel warning.
"Further detentions of people who also possess Iranian citizenship cannot be ruled out," it added, stressing therefore that "unnecessary travel by people who are also Iranian nationals is strongly discouraged".

 


Taghavi is a 66-year-old architect, who is reportedly being held in solitary detention in Iran.
Her daughter Claren said she has had no access to her since October 15, a day before she was believed to have been arrested.
Human rights group IGFM said Taghavi should be viewed as a political prisoner because she has for years been fighting for human rights in Iran, in particular for women's rights and freedom of expression.