Q&A: As the dust settles on the FIFA World Cup, we look back on some of the strategic measures Parsons put in place to support the delivery of one of the most successful World Cups of this century.
In an exclusive interview with Construction Week Middle East, Parsons revealed how it enabled mobility throughout the Qatar FIFA World Cup in 2022.
From transportation management plans to vehicle access strategies, Parsons talked about its collaboration with Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashgal) to manage traffic and build resilient infrastructure for the mega sporting event.
Can you walk us through the different processes by which Parsons, in collaboration with Ashghal, developed a pedestrian-friendly space along Al Corniche Street and surrounding FIFA Fan Zones and stadiums?
In July 2019, Parsons was hired by Qatar’s Public Works Authority, more commonly known as Ashghal, to provide transportation planning services for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
In May 2021, a team of Parsons experts were seconded to Ashghal to form part of the designated Ashghal World Cup Team. The team worked with key stakeholders including The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Ministry of Interior Traffic Police, Ministry of Transport and Mowasalat (Kawa) to make important decisions regarding transportation planning, infrastructure design and transportation operations for the World Cup to safely and smoothly accommodate the high movement of fans and visitors at events and stadiums, while ‘Keeping Doha Moving’.