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For Qatari residents: Do you prefer a summer or winter World Cup 2022?

Pillar Projects

Written by  Author |   Mon, 29 December 2014 10:10

The main trends in Qatar’s construction sector remain developing the country’s transport infrastructure, creating a modern residential and hospitality environment to support the predicted increase in population and creating a range of world class sporting venues in anticipation of the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Actually, construction activity in Qatar is dominated by the FIFA 2022 World Cup and the Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV) and diversification priorities. A successful World Cup requires delivering all infrastructure projects promised by the Qatari government to FIFA. Yet, to sustain the country’s powerhouse economy, the implementation of a world-class infrastructure has become eminent.

To translate these plans into reality, Qatar has issued a record budget of $62 billion (QR225.7 billion) for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, up 3.5% from last year including three main pillars: infrastructure and transport, education and the public health system. Actually, $182.5 billion worth of projects (QR664 billion) are anticipated to be implemented in Qatar during the next five years.

A whopping QR87.5 billion ($24 billion) is allocated for key projects, which represents a huge 16.8% increase in allocation for infrastructure projects over 2013-14 to enable the completion of major infrastructure expansion and to start building the 2022 FIFA World Cup stadiums. Allocations have been made for work on seven out of eight stadiums at Lusail, Al Wakrah, Al Khor, Al Rayyan, New Airport, Khalifa Stadium, and Qatar Foundation Stadium.

With the transportation sector constituting a key pillar of the infrastructure required to enhance sustainable development, allocations are made for the next phase of Hamad International Airport and New Doha Port as well as for the rail, metro and various road projects. In addition, electricity, water, and sewerage networks will be expanded to cater to the growth in urban areas in the country.

The combined share of total expenditure on education, health, infrastructure, and the transportation sectors is increased to $32.3 billion (QR 117.6 billion) in 2014-15 as compared to $27.6 billion (QR100.5 billion) in 2013-14. The allocation for education is $7.22 billion (QR26.3 billion), a 7.3% increase over the previous year. This increase will help boost the spending on education projects in line with the strategic plan for the sector. The education sector allocations are made for expansion in facilities of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and for Qatar University Funds will also go into the building of 85 new schools in Doha and the rest of Qatar. The Public Works Authority has already finished work on 21 schools and kindergartens with the beginning of the academic year 2014 / 2015. 13 schools and eight kindergartens were completed in Doha and surrounding areas with a total cost of more than QR 800 million.

The health sector has also seen an increase (12.5%) in allocation over the previous year with $4.31 billion (QR 15.7 billion) to be spent on the implementation of a set of advanced strategic programs. The funds will go towards the completion of the Sidra Medical and Research Center, expand facilities at Hamad General Hospital and For the Hamad Medical Corporation to establish a dedicated hospital for workers, and build new health centers. This is as part of a plan to set up 19 new health centers, six of which are under construction in Al Karaana, Al Ghuwariyah, Al Rawda, Al Nuaim, Al Muntazah and Umm Slal.

Funds allocated to provide housing for Qataris is increased to $906 million (QR3.3bn), up 18% from the previous fiscal budget. These funds will be used to complete some 3,700 housing units currently under construction and to build 2,300 new homes benefiting 6,000 nationals, ensuring that there is no further waiting list for citizens’ housing.

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is generating lots of attention, but Qatar Rail and Metro project is thought to be the world’s largest civil engineering project. Five multi-billion contracts have been already awarded for the design and construction of the tunnels and stations of the initial phase of the Doha Metro. These contracts relate to the first 130 kilometers of the railway, of which 99 kilometers will be underground.

The $36 billion Qatar Rail and Metro features more than 300 kilometer rail system, including a metro network within Doha as well as high-speed passenger lines, a light rail system at Lusail City and a 195 km freight line linking Mesaieed port to the industrial city of Ras Laffan; eventually, the project will be linked to a planned rail network across Gulf Cooperation Council countries. The second phase of the project will include a 150 km high-speed line to Bahrain.  The first of the metro's four lines is to be operational in 2019.

Other major projects in Qatar include the $7.4 billion New Doha Port, a seaport with capacity of 2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) will be built at Mesaieed, which will be expanded to allow additional capacity in the second and third phases of the project. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2016 for the. The second and third phases will be completed after 2022.

One of the Gulf's largest real estate developments is the $45 billion Lusail city that will cover 38  km2 and house up to 200,000 people. It will contain residential areas, commercial districts including the $275 million Marina Mall project, 22 hotels, four islands and two golf courses. It will feature the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium, where the championship match of the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament will be played.

The $8.1 billion Doha Expressway system will consist of 280 km of dual four-lane roads. The 12 km Lusail Expressway will connect Doha to Lusail City. The country is also building a 7.5 km highway linking Doha and Dukhan. Actually, Qatar plans to build approximately 150 km of roads and drainage systems at a cost of $14.6 billion.

Msheireb is the second biggest real estate project in Qatar ($6.4 billion) that will restore 750,000 square meters of downtown Doha, the project will contain residential, retail and cultural areas as well as four hotels, all built in a style reminiscent of traditional Qatari architecture.
The $2 billion Al-Waab City is a mixed-use project that will contain residential, retail and commercial facilities plus a hotel.

Least but not last, the $1.6 billion Doha Festival City is a shopping mall and entertainment park to be completed in 2016.

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