1) $200 billion infrastructure projects underway in Qatar
Qatar's Public Works Authority (Ashghal) is working on projects worth $200 billion as the country races to boost its infrastructure ahead of the FIFA 2022 World Cup, announced Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohamed Al Thani, the Minister of Economy and Commerce. These projects represented important opportunities that will encourage foreign investment and enhance partnerships.
"Qatar will be transforming itself into a knowledge-based economy by 2030 with the lead role being played by the private sector. Over the past few years, the country has been pursuing a flexible and multi-faceted economic strategy derived from the Qatar National Vision 2030," remarked Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim.
The minister was addressing a luncheon meeting hosted jointly by the Qatar Embassy in Washington DC, the US-Qatar Business Council and the US Chamber of Commerce.
His presentation focused on Qatar’s strategy for growth through diversifying the economy and increasing foreign investment.
2) Ashghal invites tenders for maintenance of highways
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has invited tenders worth QR700,000 for maintenance of major highways across the country. The projects include the Salwa, Dukhan and Shamal roads and Al Wakra- Mesaieed highway, in addition to the link roads and secondary roads connecting with these highways.
The tender also covers maintenance of the bridges and underpasses and disposal of sewage and improving traffic safety on these roads. As per the tender contract, all the jobs should be completed in 550 days.
3) $5.5 billion allocated for road works
Ashghal has allocated a budget of more than QR31.9bn ($8.8 billion) in the 21 months between April 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015.
Total expenditure during this period amounted to over QR28.70bn, according to details available in Ashghal's recently-published annual report for 2015.
Of the total allotment, road works accounted for the lion's share at QR19.75bn ($5.5 billion), while spending amounted to QR17.5bn.
The report showed that the authority was allocated QR16bn in the 12 months between April 2014 and March 2015, and QR15.9bn in the nine months from April to December 2015, for different projects.
4) Completion of the grading and roads construction project in Wadi Aba Seleel
As part of its efforts to provide advanced infrastructure across the country, the Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ announced completion of the Grading and Roads Construction Project in Wadi Aba Seleel.
The project aimed to convert the area into a sustainable part of Doha City by connecting it to the neighboring areas and the main roads network, in addition to increasing the number of new land areas which are equipped with the necessary infrastructure for commercial and logistic services.
Project works included constructing safe, permanent roads consisting of two lanes in each direction along 16 km, to replace the unpaved temporary in the area located in front and behind the Logistics Village.
5) Handing over 21 schools, KGs for academic year 2016/2017
In preparation for the new academic year 2016/2017, Ashghal has made delivery of 11 out of 15 schools to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
The four remaining schools are being handed over while Ashghal is putting the finishing touches to 6 kindergartens. The 21 fresh buildings, with a cost of approximately QR one billion, have seen different interior designs, including walls and floors, with more attractive paints and patterns that would help improve the educational environment. Ashghal had constructed around 60 schools and 35 kindergartens from 2013 to 2016.
6) Work completion on Umm Birkah PTP Access Road
Public Works Authority announced the completion of Umm Birkah Package Treatment Plant PTP Access road and opening it. The project aims to provide a direct link between treatment plant in Umm Birkah and the main road from Al Khor to Industrial Ras Laffan City and Main road, through 2 km Road with permanent design with 2 carriage way.
The road was done after constructing six tunnels (BOX CULVERT) for a live gas pipe related to Qatar Petroleum, three tunnels for storm water pipes, in addition to road pavement works, street lighting, signage, and all safety requirement, tele-communications and Kahrmaa connections and preparing designated areas for the future public services.
Public Works Authority implemented the Umm Birkah PTP project with a capacity of 10 thousand cubic meters per day, as part of its plan to stop sewage transportation in mobile tankers to the liquid waste lagoon facility at Al Karaana and close it entirely.
7) Expressways work to cost $3.8 billion
Work on the Lusail Expressway, Dukhan Highway Central and Dukhan Highway East, which is part of the Ashghal’s expressway program, cost the exchequer QR14bn ($3.8 billion), according to information released by Ashghal in its annual report for 2015.
The ongoing upgrade work on the 5.3km-long Lusail Expressway has provisions for three interchanges at The Pearl-Qatar Signal, Katara – the Cultural Village Signal and Onaiza. The QR4.99bn project also features a four-lane road/direction and has several underpasses.
The 19km-long Dukhan Highway Central project, worth QR2.24bn, includes a new dual carriageway extending from west of the existing Al Wajba interchange and ending 1km east of Al Sheehaniya town.
The works on the Dukhan Highway East project which began in the first quarter of 2011, would cost the government approximately QR6.93bn.
The 14km eight-lane highway, which runs between Al Wajbah Place Interchange (East) and the Tilted Interchange (East), features six multi-level interchanges.
Another major work taking place is the QR4.71bn upgrade work on the 17km Rayyan Road, extending from the east of Bani Hajer roundabout to the west of Sports roundabout. The project features as many as nine interchanges, besides cycle ways and pedestrian paths.
8) Labour City sewerage infrastructure works complete
Ashghal has completed the construction of a new pumping station and Treated Sewerage Effluent (TSE) plant in the Labour City in Mesaimeer.
It is expected to serve at least 75,000 workers who are likely to be housed at the accommodation in the coming months, a statement from the Public Works Authority has said.
The works were part of the four packages of the pumping station construction and rehabilitation projects, comprising the construction and upgrading of 27 pump stations and 18 rising mains spread across Doha, Al Wakrah, Al Rayyan and Saliya. The whole work is likely to be completed within five-and-a-half years.