Name: Aspire Zone
Type: Public / Civil / Sport facilities
Location: Doha Qatar
Photography: Pygmalion Karatzas
Photo shoot date: September 2013
Khalifa International Stadium, also known as National Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Doha, Qatar, as part of the Doha Sports City complex. The stadium opened in 1976. It was renovated and expanded in 2005, before the 2006 Asian Games, to increase its capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 seats. A roof covers the western side of the stadium. The eastern side has a large arch, which was used as a platform to launch fireworks from during the 2006 Asian Games opening ceremony. After another redevelopment, the stadium reopened in May 2017. It received a four-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), the first in the world to be awarded this rating.[text by wikipedia.org]
Anti Doping Lab Qatar:
Located within Aspire Zone, ADLQ will endeavour to eliminate drug use in all sports and uphold the Olympic ideals of fair play and sportsmanship. In the process we will make sport in all its forms fairer, safer and healthier for all stakeholders, foremost among them athletes. This remarkably designed 3 storeys’ Lab is situated on a 10,000 square meter land, right across from Aspetar. The ground floor hosts all administration staff and the Management team. The 1st floor is dedicated to Anti-Doping testing only as this is the core business of the Lab. The 2nd floor is available for the Toxicology and Multi-Purpose labs. The Life Sciences’ Research Lab is located in the third floor and is open to researchers who are working in similar fields. The building also includes various Meeting rooms and Seminar rooms to serve the purpose of giving lectures and meeting stakeholders and partners constantly. The Lab also has a spacious dining area where staff can spend their Break Hour having a 5 star healthy lunch daily.The building is a unique glass shape roofed by a huge perforated plane extending over the patio and supported by a forest of fine columns, creating a direct visual relationship between the internal activities and the exterior. The patio with the pool creates a space with domestic features, suited to the extreme climate of this region. A landscaped plaza is created outside to emphasise the building's characteristics and connect it directly to the surroundings.[text by adlqatar.net]
Aspire Dome / Academy:
Aspire, Qatar’s visionary Sports Academy is a unique learning environment comprising of the largest indoor sports dome in the world, a comprehensive sports education program and unprecedented facilities of international caliber. As an elite sports institute dedicated to developing young athletes to their full potential our facilities rise above standard expectations to offer the very best for the purpose of comprehensive sports training. Every aspect of the institution has been designed to meet the highest international standards in terms of its facilities, equipment, teachers, coaches, staff and student-athletes. The Aspire Dome has the capacity to host 13 different sporting events simultaneously in a climate controlled arena providing student-athletes with unmatched opportunities to train in their main sporting discipline, while also benefiting from easy access to world class facilities for other sports. In addition to a full sized indoor football pitch. Aspire also has seven well-maintained outdoor football pitches.[text by aspire.qa]
Aspire Zone HQ:
Aspire Zone, also known as Doha Sports City, is a 250-hectare (2.5 km2) sporting complex located in Baaya district of Doha, Qatar. Owned by the Aspire Zone Foundation, it was established as an international sports destination in 2003 and in the following year an educational centre for the development of sporting champions (Aspire Academy) was opened. The complex contains several sporting venues, mostly constructed in preparation for the 2006 Asian Games.In 2014 the AZF inaugurated its new Head Quarters with a building located in-between Hamad Aquatic Center and Aspire Park, and it overlooks the Zone greenery and scenery.[text by wikipedia.org and aspirezone.qa]
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