As part of the ‘Qatar National Vision 2030’, the US$33m project will occupy a 20sq km ‘greenfield’ site located inland from the coastal strip north of Mesaieed and south of Al Wakra, and will be used for the import of raw materials and commodities to aid the strategic growth of the country.
The design will include a number of container terminals, with an estimated total capacity of 6m teus, along with a grain and general cargo terminal, facilities for the Coast Guard and the Emiri Yacht and a separate port for the Qatari Navy. The first phase of the commercial port is to be operational by 2014.
“Despite the global financial crisis, Qatar’s economy is going from strength to strength,” said Mr Al Noaimi, chairman of the steering committee of the New Doha Port. “We are very confident that Royal Haskoning’s determination to deliver a world class facility designed to the highest international standards will serve the development needs of Qatar for 2030 and beyond.”