There are variety of “mega projects” which are now progressing through Qatar which will be driving trade and development in the transport sector. A total of US $ 11 billion was allocated to transportation initiatives in 2017 with US $2.7 billion specifically being earmarked for rail projects, the new commercial port and road projects
NEW PORT PROJECT
Project budget: US$7.4 billion
Overview: One of the world’s largest ever greenfield port projects, spanning 26.5 square km.
- Expected to become one of the largest multipurpose ports in the GCC
- Features a cargo terminal with capacity for 1.7m tonnes of general goods, 1m tonnes of food grains and 500,000 vehicles
- Designed to handle 6m containers annually
- Includes a new base for the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces and Qatar Economic Zone 3 (QEZ3), a self-contained development with industrial and residential facilities.
Project budget: US$3.2 billion
Overview: A three-part megaproject with a strategic focus on industrial-grade manufacturing, aviation and marine logistics and warehousing.
• The three sites cover 27 square km
• Zone 1, Ras Bufontas is set to become an advanced technology and logistics hub, including service hubs, public spaces, land for labour accommodation, utilities access and versatile office and retail space
• Zone 2, Um Alhoul will be situated next to Hamad Port and facilitate access to the rest of the world via the sea
• Zone 3, Al Karana will become the overland gateway to GCC markets, including business incubator spaces, conference centres, storage facilities, an area for labour accommodation and a logistics zone
DOHA METRO PROJECT
Project budget: US$36 billion
Overview: Acomprehensive rail network in the Greater Doha area.
- Entirely new rail network
- 95 distinct & individually themed stations
- An approx. overall length of 300 km
HAMAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EXPANSION
Project budget: US$15.5 billion
Overview: An additional 400,000 square metre extension of the existing airport terminal.
- A major expansion of airport facilities to bring existing capacity from 30m to 53m passengers annually
- New 1.3 kilometre concourse with a width of 60 metres
- 64 new check in counters
- 18,000 sq m of retail and food and beverage space