The prestigious Al Janoub Stadium was awarded the Global Sustainability Assessment System GSAS gold standard performance certificate by the Gulf Organization for Research & Development GORD making it the first FIFA World Cup 2022 to be awarded three GSAS certificates. Previously, the stadium received certificates for sustainable design and green construction processes.
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To commemorate the achievements, representatives of the Executive Committee for Heritage SC, FIFA, GORD, and Mosanada Facilities Management Services were invited to participate in the awards ceremony. Speaking during the event, Eng. Ghanim Al Kuwari, SC Deputy Director of General Technical Services, said.
As we reach new levels of project design and construction, we are developing skills, skills, processes, and resources in the field of facility management and construction activities in Qatar. To ensure that our meeting places are as stable as possible. We have held detailed training sessions throughout the certification process to ensure that we get the best possible result for the building and our team working in the area continuously.
Eng. Bodour Al Meer, Director of SC Sustainability, said, this certificate is a testament to our efforts to meet the obligations of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Sustainability Strategy. We are proud to be the first country to host the FIFA World Cup that conducts this detailed study of the performance of our stadiums. The performance certificate system serves as a follow-up to the tests performed during the design and construction phase.
It assesses the actual use of energy and water in the stadium, waste management procedures, indoor air quality, user satisfaction, and facility management procedures. Drs. Yousef Alhorr, Founding Chairman at GORD, said: Al Janoub Stadium is the first program to receive three certificates at such high standards – a four-star design and construction certificate, an A * certificate for building management, now a gold standard.
The project went through due diligence from repair and design to the construction phase and post-occupancy. This would not have been possible without the deep interest and commitment of SC and FIFA. By combining sustainability with sport, they have raised awareness at the grassroots level and GORD is proud to be a part of this unique design.
Together, we aim to build a society that will strive for sustainable solutions to infrastructure and institutional management. Federico Addiechi, FIFA’s Head of Sustainability and Environment, said: Obtaining a green building certificate for the stadiums was a voluntary initiative from Qatar, which we have accepted from the beginning. For more to know about Qatar World Cup tickets Click here.
We believe that this is not the only standard that should be applied to all Qatar Football World Cup 2022 stadiums, but also to other upcoming FIFA World Cup stadiums. SC has already certified its headquarters, Al Bidda Tower, with certificates for GSAS Operations, and is in the process of testing a similar test at several Qatar World Cup 2022 venues.
High-level training institutions await teams during this year’s FIFA World Cup
When the top 32 overseas teams arrive in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup, their training ground will be a state-of-the-art facility, built or upgraded for the tournament. Since gaining the rights to host the 2010 Football World Cup, the Qatar Organizing Committee has identified and selected 40 Qualified Team Camps in competing countries and match officials.
Many resources have been used during recent tournaments, including the FIFA Club World Cup and the FIFA Arab Cup. Each Team Base Camp consists of a hotel and training facility, with almost everyone close to all eight Qatari competitions. Due to the cohesiveness of the country, teams will sit and train in one place throughout the event which means more time to relax and prepare, as well as fewer travel times per game day.
During the Football World Cup, 32 Base Camps will be used 32 of them by participating teams and one match official. Offering 40 Team Base Camps as part of Qatar’s application to allow teams to choose a venue that suits their needs.
Our training facilities are located throughout the country, said Ali Al Dosari, Project Manager at the Executive Heritage Committee. The longest distance between the training site and the hotel will take about 20 minutes by bus.
Each training area has been upgraded to include light fixtures, natural grass areas, and turf planted at SC’s Tree & Turf Nursery in Qatar. Each domain includes media training sessions, dressing rooms, medical centers, rescue centers, media centers, and IT and telecommunications networks.
Part of the training facilities are brand new, and part of the existing facilities have been upgraded, Al Dosari said. With new training facilities, the team will have a team camping base for training. Training venues are similar to our Qatar World Cup stadiums, in terms of turf level and size.
In recent years, thanks to Qatar hosting several major football tournaments, Al Dosari and his team have received significant feedback from major clubs such as English Premier League club Liverpool and Bundesliga property Bayern Munich. And this month, the finalists of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Croatia, spent time at the Al Ersal training center ahead of friendly matches in Doha against Slovenia and Bulgaria.
Croatian coach Zlatko Dalic was full of praise for Qatari institutions. I am very happy because there are good conditions for exercise and relaxation here, said Dalic. Our goal before the Qatar World Cup was to see all of Qatar and get used to training and playing conditions here. I expect it to get even better in November at the FIFA World Cup.
And with Qatar aiming to set new standards for the sustainability of a major event, the country is already preparing to use post-World Cup training facilities. Al Dosari said, some stadiums will be used by the local community as community parks, while others will be used by football clubs and schools. This will provide an important legacy that will benefit citizens and promote an active lifestyle.
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