Public Works Authority (Ashghal) is taking up new infrastructural projects to meet expanding need to urbanise the country’s landscape.

Euromonitor International reported, population of Qatar is to see an addition of 2.3 million people by the year 2030, with migration being the major driving factor. Hence, the existing infrastructure will not suffice to accommodate the additional population for which Qatar is preparing itself.

Infrastructural projects are also undertaken to increase Qatar’s capability to effectively host 2022 FIFA World Cup and further achieve its developmental objectives streamlined by Qatar National Vision 2030 by creating a sustainable infrastructure.

Since, traffic congestion is a major problem in Qatar, Ashghal has announced two road projects under its Infrastructure development valued $27 billion.

The  first road project, the Expressway Programme, expected to deliver approximately 800km of safe and efficient roads through the implementation of over 30 projects divided into 46 contracts, includes integrated infrastructure network equipped with state-of-the-art, reliable underground utilities, including storm water networks, electrical services and intelligent transport systems. The programme currently has 10 projects under construction with a total value of over $13 billion.

The second is the nationwide local area infrastructure programme to develop and upgrade local roads, drainage and new infrastructure across the country’s four regions namely BaniHajer North (Rawdat Egdaim), the Al Gharrafa Sewage Scheme and Rawdat AbalHeeran.

Ashghal is also planning to upgrade its existing infrastructure towards sustainability after receiving two sustainability awards, three-star GSAS certification in design and construction in MENA region by the Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD). It will  be focussed on educational buildings, including schools and kindergartens, and health buildings, embodying the principle of conservation of natural resources, encouraging the use of recycled materials, and promoting the efficient use of water and renewable energy.

Ashghal has also announced plans to build 60-70 healthcare centres over the span of next 10 years of which, ongoing projects include four health centres in Muaither, Al Waab, Al Wajba and Al Jamaa, all of whom are achieving steady progress on schedule.

However, such infrastructural development planned to achieve long term goals, are bound to attract a lot of public inconvenience during the implementation process. Hence, it is important that Ashghal simultaneously plans to cause minimal public inconvenience and ensure that the project of sustainable infrastructure development is in sync with protection of labour rights too.

Second Edition of Expo Turkey at Doha

The second edition of “Expo turkey” held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) with much excitement in the air. The event coincides with the ongoing Qatar-Turkey Economic Forum, which kicked off on Tuesday making the event more important for both Turkey and Qatar economic cooperation.

The event is hosting more than 150 Turkish companies from the real estate, construction, information, food, machinery, food and health, tourism sectors, participating in the exhibition.

The inauguration witnessed the presence of top business leaders from Qatar and Turkey, senior diplomats and dignitaries and top officials from private industry representatives of both sides, including the President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, M Rifat Hisarciklioglu.

The three day event is organised solely by Turkey’s Independent Industrialists and Businessmen Association (MUSIAD) with the aim of promoting Qatar as a gateway for Turkish products to reach 400 million customers in the regional market.

As this is the second year of Expo Turkey, it indicates strengthening of strategic economic ties between Qatar and Turkey. The event gives an opportunity to the business verticals in Qatar and Turkey to communicate and exchange various prospects of expanding business in the region.

Moreover, the event is also expected to prove to be a fruitful platform for Qatari importers to contact Turkish manufacturers and represent them in the local market for quality products at reasonable cost, which will help them in manufacturing better quality of products at reasonable prices and at the same time expand market for Turkish products.

Apart from the exhibition of products by Turkish firms, the event also portrays strong commitment by Turkey and Qatar to streamline practical mechanisms for further developing the economic cooperation and trade exchange. This event further gives an opportunity to explore innovative and promising avenues that will have mutually befitting results for both Turkey and Qatar.

The ongoing blockade has enabled a close connection between Turkey and Qatar as they tend to realise new opportunities of economic cooperation that were otherwise mostly showed by other countries in the region.

The success of the event highly depends on the number of prospects that actually materialise from the bilateral meetings, including Business-to-Business (B2B) events arranged on the sidelines of the event.






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