Rendering of the World Cup 2022 Stadium in Doha, Qatar (Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects)
RICS Hosts Qatar World Cup 2022 Committee
On Wednesday 5th February, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) hosted the Qatar World Cup 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy at its head office on Parliament Square, London.
The Committee was visiting at the invitation of the UK Government and requested an opportunity to meet and learn from chartered surveyors who had worked on the delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. Joining the Committee were a number of senior business representatives from Qatar, including the CEO of Qatar Rail and the Head of the Qatar Tourism Board.
During their time at RICS the Committee met senior representatives of some 20 UK-based, international construction and quantity surveying firms (including EC Harris, Faithful & Gould, Mace, Turner & Townsend, RLB, Gardiner & Theobald and Mott MacDonald) for a round-table meeting which focused on supply chain, business risk and contractual issues.
Afterwards, the visiting delegates spent time meeting more than 100 representatives from UK SME firms at a business showcase event which highlighted the professional and specialist services UK SMEs have to offer.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the RICS Qatar Board, Mr Abdulaziz Al-Mulla said:
“RICS is increasingly becoming recognised as an authority on professionalism and standards in Qatar. This meeting, hosted at our headquarters, signifies the value that the World Cup Committee attributes to RICS and chartered surveyors who have professionalism and ethics at their core.”
RICS Middle East Director, Rob Jackson, said:
“Qatar faces many challenges in the years to come as it readies itself for the most widely watched and followed sporting event on the planet. Many of these challenges have been publically documented in recent months. Chartered Surveyors, both in the UK and in the Middle East, stand ready to lend their support and I am sure that the Committee will have benefited significantly from the open and frank discussions they have had at RICS today."
Later on Wednesday, at a Foreign Office reception hosted by UK Foreign Minister, Hugh Robertson, the Secretary General of the Qatar World Cup Committee, Hasan al-Thawadi, said he felt energised after meeting UK businesses. He acknowledged that Qatar had been under the spotlight in recent months and that the Committee was determined, with the support of British professionals, to make significant steps forward in addressing the root cause of concerns relating to World Cup construction.
More than 700 chartered surveyors are based in Qatar, with many more re-locating from the UK to work on World Cup projects.
For more information about RICS throughout the Middle East, contact RICS Director, Robert Jackson.