The first FIFA World Cup to be held in the Middle East is one step closer to reality as the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee on Feb. 8 appointed CH2M HILL — a U.S. based global full-service consulting, program management, design, construction, and operations firm — to ensure the successful delivery of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.
Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee has direct responsibility for building competition venues which includes the proposed stadiums and training sites while maintaining a coordination role for non-competition venues required by FIFA, in addition to major infrastructure works such as the New Doha International Airport and the proposed nationwide metro network.
The multi-phased, rigorous procurement process took over six months to complete. After a pre-qualification process, six multi-national firms were invited to submit bids. Multiple global and local consultants and legal firms assisted the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee to ensure a fully transparent and well managed procurement process.
Commenting on the appointment, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee Secretary General, Hassan Al Thawadi said, “The appointment process for this contract began immediately after winning the bid in December 2010. We were cognizant of the importance of ensuring that the correct foundations were put in place at the start of our journey toward 2022. We studied all the proposals with the utmost care in order to ensure that we selected the right partner. While the proposals we received from those companies that made the shortlist were impressive, it was important to us that the appointed company met the set criteria we had in mind, in addition to complementing and understanding the vision of our committee. We believe that CH2M HILL is the ideal partner.”
Al Thawadi added, “Our work with CH2M HILL in planning delivering a successful World Cup will require cooperation with and assistance from local stakeholders and partners, from both public and private sectors. The road ahead will be challenging. The appointment is a key initial milestone on our journey.”
CH2M HILL’s role will continue for two years after the tournament to ensure implementation of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee’s legacy commitments. CH2M HILL has 2,000 staff in the Middle East, including 200 in Qatar.