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Russia visit provides knowledge transfer opportunity to Qatar for 2022

A Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) delegation, led by SC Secretary General, H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, attended the 2017 Confederations Cup final in Russia earlier this month.


The visit allowed SC employees to observe and experience a major FIFA event, and benefit from knowledge sharing opportunities with the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ organisers.


SC delegation, led by Secretary General H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, attended the 2017 Confederations Cup final in Russia earlier this month


The SC also took part in the ESSMA European Stadium Tour 2017, where delegates visited the Spartak Stadium (Otkritie Arena) in Moscow, which hosted the third-place play-off between Portugal and Mexico.


The ESSMA European Stadium Tour took in stadia across Moscow and Saint Petersburg, including: Spartak Stadium (Otkritie Arena), VTB Arena (pictured top), Luzhniki Stadium, VEB Arena (CSKA Stadium) and Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg Stadium). In addition, members attended the Confederations Cup third place playoff game in Otkritie Arena where they met with the Russian 2018 Local Organizing Committee. Find out more about the ESSMA European Stadium Tour 2017 by clicking here.


Day two included a trip to the 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium, also in Moscow, and venue for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ final. It also previously hosted the 1980 Olympic Games and the 2008 UEFA Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea.


Mohamed Al-Mulla, SC Project Manager, Competition Venues, said:

The visit provided valuable learning and knowledge sharing opportunities for our team to take back to Qatar. Russia is only a year away from hosting the World Cup and it was great to see the operational elements involved in hosting this tournament.


During the visits, SC employees shared information about Qatar’s legacy plans, including Generation Amazing, and gave updates on stadium progress. They also learned about Russia’s preparations, including infrastructure developments and sustainability projects.


Members of the SC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Division also attended the Football for Hope Forum – FIFA’s flagship CSR programme and aims to deliver social programmes in communities across the world – in Kazan.


Main image (top), VTB Arena


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