The unjust blockade of 1,000 days has not hampered the Public Works Authority’s (Ashghal) spirit to achieve its goals.
Ashghal continues racing towards conquering new heights in the infrastructure development sector. Ashghal, as per the available data, added numerous projects to its credit by setting up expressways, roads, sewerage networks projects and buildings.
A slew of innovative projects were launched even as Qatar witnessed the completion of prestigious projects since the siege was enforced on June 5, 2017.
Umm Lekhba Interchange
The post-blockade period witnessed the total length of the highway network in the country expanding to more than 750km. Impressive developments were carried out on the prestigious Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor while the Al Watiyyat Interchange and new bridges at Makkah Al Mukarramah and Umm Lekhba intersections were opened. These led to improvement in traffic flow at Al Luqta, Al Gharrafa, Al Waab and Al Rayyan areas. Several roads including the Doha Expressway, Lusail Expressway, Al Khor Expressway, Al Majd Road, Al Wakra Main Road, Al Wukair Road, Mesaieed Road, Hamad Port Road and Al Rayyan Road were developed.
Ashghal did its part for the 2022 FIFA World Cup preparations by opening ahead of schedule the Al Khor Road and Orbital Highway which provide a direct link with a number of stadiums such as Al Rayyan Stadium, Al Khor Stadium, Lusail Stadium and other sports facilities.
Interchanges at Simaisma, Bani Hajer, Pearl, Onaiza and Al Khaleej Al Gharbi were also developed and works for the Mesaimeer outfall tunnel started.
Ashghal opened a two-way tunnel on Al Rayyan Road Project along with a new bridge and tunnel on the Al Rayyan Road linking Al Furousiya Street with Al Huwar Street. A new tunnel at Al Gassar interchange and two tunnels at Pearl Interchange as part of Lusail Expressway were also opened.
Ashghal also inaugurated the underpass beneath F Ring Road and Mesaimeer Road and Al Rayyan interchange flyover. Works are underway for the first cable-stayed bridge in Qatar, a part of the Sabah Al Ahmed Corridor, which also include the largest intersection, longest bridge, deepest and longest bi-directional tunnel.
Ashghal started upgrading of sewage pumping stations at New Salata, Al Mansoura, Al Messila, and Al Rayyan as part of efforts to increase the capacity of the pumping stations by 62% to 211% in order to accommodate both current and future sewage flows.
The Al Wakra and Al Wukair Sewage Treatment Plant project that will be implemented through a public-private partnership contract was also launched. Ashghal has completed works of the western branch of the main trunk sewer for the Doha South Sewage Infrastructure Project.
In February 2019, excavation of the 10km long outfall tunnel of the Mesaimeer Pumping Station and Outfall Project was started. The outfall tunnel is a significant part of the Mesaimeer Tunnel that will accommodate surface and stormwater received from the drainage networks of Doha. Ashghal also completed the Al Karaana Lagoon Reclamation and Rehabilitation Project that helped the area transform into a healthy natural environment making it a home to a variety of birds.
Infrastructure development in the health sector in Qatar also witnessed remarkable achievements in the post-blockade period. Ashghal signed six new health projects with a total cost of about QR1bn. The projects included health centres at Al Khor, Al Wakra South, Al Sadd, Al Mashaf, and Ain Khalid to serve around 3,500 visitors per day. Ashghal has signed a contract to build the National Health Laboratories building.
Besides, Ashghal completed construction of the new trauma and emergency department at the Hamad General Hospital.
Ashghal is an active member of the Qatar Beautification and Our Kids Planting Trees Project that will develop the country’s green space by 240% by 2022. Five major tasks including the construction of central public parks, provision of dedicated lanes for pedestrians and bicycles, development of the Doha Corniche, development of Central Doha and increasing afforestation and greenery areas are being carried out as part of the project.