Transport Infrastructure Opportunities in Qatar

An Expert's View about Transportation and Storage in Qatar

Posted on: 5 Oct 2010

Qatar’s entire transport network is developing dramatically. Recent investment is greatly benefiting Qatar’s transport sector, as evidenced by the large projects currently in planning or construction stages.

Sector briefing Transport Infrastructure Opportunities in Qatar Why Qatar? Qatar?s entire transport network is developing dramatically. The growth of Qatar?s non-oil sector should further stimulate supporting transport infrastructure projects. Around $1.37bn of Qatar?s budget for 2010 is bookmarked for infrastructure improvements. This includes the New Doha International Airport, the New Doha Port and roads. Large and long-term projects mean that activity in this sector is set to continue. Numerous contracts have been awarded to private companies (both domestic and ?Recent investment is greatly international) and there are more in the benefiting Qatar?s transport pipeline. sector, as evidenced by the Find general information on the Qatari market large projects currently in conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing planning or construction Business Guide for Qatar gives an overview of Qatar?s economy, business culture, potential stages.? opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issues. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Transport infrastructure opportunities in Qatar completion in 2014. The final phase is due to Opportunities be completed in 2030, at which point the new port will have a 6mn TEU container capacity The majority of Qatar?s current transport covering 20 sq km. The current layout includes infrastructure is operating at close to 3 container terminals, general cargo berths, a capacity. Its expansion is high on the vehicle terminal, a livestock terminal, flour- government?s list of priorities. Recent mills for storage as well as an area for the investment is greatly benefiting Qatar?s Qatari Navy and visiting navy vessels. It will transport sector, as evidenced by the large ultimately replace the current Doha Port. projects currently in planning or construction stages. Rail Plans Doha?s Int Qatar (in common with the rest of the Gulf) ernational Airport. does not have a developed rail infrastructure. Expansion at Doha?s international airport has There is a recognised need to change this been driven by Qatar Airways? rapid growth, situation. and Qatar?s economic growth more generally. Qatar Airways, o ne of only six 5* airlines in the worl Plans for the Doha Metro Network are currently d, is expected to double the size of its fleet under consideration by the Qatar government. by 2015. In the last 4 years, $400m has been st The 1 section (to run 30km from Lusail to spent on expanding the existing terminal and NDIA) has been valued at $1.65 bn. Four further expansion work is now underway. further sections (to run a total of 55km) have been valued collectively at £3 bn. Together, The New Doha International Airport. the 5 (mostly underground) sections will The NDIA, costing $11bn, should ultimately constitute the first phase of a long-term 3- bring airport capacity to 50m passengers, 2m phase plan, with a preliminary 2026 completion tonnes of cargo and 320,000 aircraft landings date. and take-offs per year. Construction of the first phase of the NDIA is underway. The first The Doha Metro Network is to form part of a 2 phases of NDIA are set to open in 2011/2012 wider consolidated national railway network, (2 years later than originally planned) with the rd designed to integrate 5 railway systems 3 phase scheduled to complete around 2015. NDIA?s planned across Qatar. This will include a high 2 new runways will be long enough for speed rail link between NDIA and Doha city a fully laden Airbus A380 Superjumbo (the centre extending to Bahrain (over the Qatar- largest passenger plane in the world) to land. Bahrain Friendship Causeway), a line to Saudi Qat Arabia and a freight rail link between Ras ar?s Existing Ports Qatar's main ports all need additional capacity Laffan and Mesaieed via Doha. The Qatar- to accommodate the growing demand Bahrain causeway is envisaged as the start of a for inbound goods generated by the country's Gulf Coast rail link, which (if realised) is to economic boom and rising population and to connect Istanbul in Turkey with Muscat in ensure that they do not become a constraint to Oman. There are also plans for a rail link on Qatar's growth. As a result, plans to expand the proposed Doha/Abu Dhabi causeway. and develop Qatar?s port infrastructure are at the top of the government?s agenda. Roads Qatar?s road network is the main means of The three main ports are all undergoing major transporting freight and passengers across the expansion and development projects. These country. It is faced with the growing demand are located in Doha (Qatar?s main commercial driven by population expansion and economic seaport), Ras Laffan (the world's largest LNG growth. Qatar?s Public Works Authority exporting facility) and Mesaieed (Qatar's main (Ashghal) is planning to spend $20bn on roads oil export terminal and the main point of entry in the next few years. This investment, for aggregates and other building materials). combined with the diversification of the transport network, should help to counter New Doha Port congestion. In addition, the $5.5bn New Doha Port located between Mesaieed and Doha is being designed There are a number of major road projects with guidance from the New Doha Port currently underway. Steering Committee. Construction will start in st 2011, with the 1 phase scheduled for UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Transport infrastructure opportunities in Qatar ? The flagship $3bn Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Causeway is scheduled to be completed by 2013. ? The Doha Expressway is currently under construction in several phases ? it will loop around Doha, linking the North Road to NDIA and other major arteries. ? The North Road, to be completed in 4 phases, is a 130km highway that will link Doha (via Lusail and The Pearl) to Al Khor and Al Ruwais in the north and finally to Zubarah where it will lead onto the bridge to Bahrain. The fourth $604m phase of the North Road is to be released for tender later this year. Once the North Road and the Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Bridge are completed, it will be possible to travel from Qatar to Bahrain in less than 2 hours. New projects under discussion include the Doha Business Bay Crossing, which could link NDIA with West Bay (and possibly The Pearl), and the Doha/Abu Dhabi causeway. Opportunities Opportunities can be broken down into the following general list: ? Infrastructure; planning, construction, maintenance and equipment ? Specialist Expertise; project management, consultancy, financing and insurance ? Capacity, Capability and Workforce; staff training/skill enhancement, recruitment and retention If you have any questions on the opportunities above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this report. Business opportunities aimed specifically at UK companies are added daily to UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas in British Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors and in over 100 markets. You can be alerted to business opportunities on a regular basis by registering on the UKTI website. More on UKTI?s business opportunities service UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Transport infrastructure opportunities in Qatar Major events and activities UKTI contacts GCC Britain Expo Charlotte Dance Trade & Investment Advisor Contact: Carl Bruce, Senior Manager Middle British Embassy Doha East Team Tel: (00974) 496 2063 Email: Email: Time: 30 June 2010 ? 1 July 2010 UKTI Rail Scoping Visit Kate Mortlock Contact: Derek Griffiths Trade & Investment Officer Email: British Embassy Doha Time: Autumn 2010 (Date TBC) Tel: (00974) 496 2079 Email: Find full details of all events in this country and sector on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Transport infrastructure opportunities in Qatar Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Qatar market are advised to you to meet contacts and promote your undertake as much market research and company in the Chinese market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Qatar, with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable British-based companies wishing to grow their service which assists British-based companies business in global markets. wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website customers in the Chinese market to find contact details for your local UKTI ? Establishment of interest of such office. contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Transport infrastructure opportunities in Qatar
Posted: 05 October 2010

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