(Picture by Qassim Rahmatullah)

Even in the baking heat of a 45ºC Qatari summer, the grass is green and lush at Qatars’ Mesaieed Stadium. 45 kilometres from the centre of Doha, home to a thriving commercial area, after four years work Mesaieed Industrial City has a new multi-purpose stadium. At present the ground has a matting wicket and it is expected to be fully turfed before the end of the year.

The total cost of the facility, which is floodlit, was Qatari Riyal 22 million (approx. US$6 million). Maintenance costs for the football, cricket basketball and handball facility apparently run to QR 250,000 a month. Football is still the number one sport in Qatar and the MIC sports stadium will be primarily a football ground. Nevertheless, this stadium in the coastal district is bigger than Qatar Cricket Association’s almost-completed stadium in the Industrial Area. An MoU has been signed by Qatar Cricket Association (QCA) with the Mesaieed authorities for use of the ground. A subsidised fee of QR600 is charged for booking a day’s use.

“Mesaieed cricket organising committee hopes to deliver to the expectations of players and viewers of cricket. This is only the beginning for us. I assure you, you will hear more from us very soon,” says Mesaieed’s Abdul Ghaffar. “Even though it’s a long drive from Doha, we believe people will be more than willing to hit the road for an exciting sports venture,” he affirms.

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Filed July 25th, 2011