Qatar has awarded Italian firm Salini Impregilo a 770-million-euro ($859 million) contract to build and operate a stadium for the 2022 World Cup, the company said Thursday. The company will build Al Bayt stadium in al-Khor city, north of Doha, shaped after the Bayt al-Shaar black and white traditional bedouin tent. The Italian firm said on its website it has beaten competitors from France, Austria and Asia for the contract to build a stadium that could accommodate 70,000 spectators. The contract includes 716 million euro for construction and over 53 million euro for operations and maintenance, it said. In addition, the company won a contract worth 300 million euro to build main urban infrastructures in Shamal, some 100 kilometres (186 miles) from the capital. . Salini Impregilo is already working on building part of Doha Metro and a water project. Energy-rich Qatar is undergoing a huge spending splurge on infrastructure, worth around $200 billion, much of it related to the […]