Italian construction firm, Salini Impregilo Group, has secured a 770 million euro ($849 million) contract to build a stadium to host matches during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The company said in a statement that it has signed a contract for the construction of the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor, a city about 50km north of the capital Doha.
The contract is worth 770 million euro, of which 716 million will be for construction and over 53 million will be for operation and maintenance, it said.
The deal includes the design and construction of one of the sports complexes in which the 2022 final football tournament will be played.
Salini Impregilo, in joint venture with Galfar and Cimolai, said it beat competitors from France, Austria, India, and Asia in an international competition which lasted several months to win the contract.
The project was awarded by the governmental foundation Aspire Zone which is responsible for the development of sports infrastructure in the country.
The stadium, which can accommodate 70,000 spectators, will have a built-up area of 200,000 square metres and the construction contract will also include an auxiliary building for security and administration.
The stadium, which will be completed by September 2018, will have a design inspired to the Bayt Al Sha’ar, the black and white tent traditionally used by nomadic people in Qatar.
The stadium will also provide “ideal climatic conditions both for the players and for the spectators”, the statement said.
With this new contract Salini Impregilo strengthens its presence in Qatar, where it is already working on the 1.7 billion euro Doha Metro project and the Abu Hamour hydraulic project.