Doha rolling out the dough for Qatar infrastructure, set to launch new projects worth $65 billion

Published March 17th, 2014 - 09:36 GMT
Qatar is planning to focus its future development within the non-oil and gas sectors (File Archive)
Qatar is planning to focus its future development within the non-oil and gas sectors (File Archive)

Qatar is set to launch development projects worth an estimated $65bn soon. Of this, $30bn ventures are high-profile projects, H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, President of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority announced here yesterday.

Delivering the opening address at a seminar on "Qatar Infrastructure Projects" in the presence of H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, the Minister of Energy and Industry, Al Attiyah said Qatar's focus of future development has been shifted from hydrocarbon sector to non-oil and gas sector.

The event was hosted by the Overseas Association of Japan.

The needs and priorities of the State of Qatar have changed over the past few years. The expansion focus is now on the areas outside the oil and gas sectors. The country is set to launch large number of mega projects to realise Qatar National Vision 2030, as well as other infrastructure projects associated with hosting of FIFA 2022 event, he said.

The size and magnitude of the projects Qatar is set to launch varies from stadiums, railway network, roads, highways, bridges, intersections, water and electricity, hotels and urban development. This development projects will provide great opportunities for construction and engineering companies with world-class expertise.

Al Attiyah noted that Japan has a proven track record and unique expertise in the development of sports facilities and the associated infrastructure. It is a country that has hosted the World Cup in conjunction with South Korea in 2002 and Olympic Games. The country is now preparing to host the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo for the second time. "As a host country of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is looking for Japan to share their expertise .

Qatar, like many other countries, face challenges to meet the needs of future development in an efficient and sustainable way. The Japanese companies, which are global names in the fields of green designs and energy efficient projects, can share their expertise with Qatar.

Talking to the media, Al Attiyah exuded confidence that the FIFA-related projects are progressing as per their original schedule. "It needs lot of preparations and discussions. We need to bring in experts from different sectors around a table. We are giving maximum encouragement to all the stakeholders", he said.

Ali Abdullah Al Abdullah, Assistant Undersecretary for Planning Affairs, Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, said the government institutions and private sector establishments in Japan play a vital role in the areas of cooperation related to transportation, energy, water, small and medium enterprises, health, education, sports and activities supporting the development for a diversified sustainable economy for the state of Qatar. "We are keen to become more acquainted with the experience Japan has in various important projects areas related to roads, bridges, tunnels, metro networks", he said.

Motoi Sasaki, the vice-minister for land, infrastructure and Hokkaido Developments, Shingo Tsuda, Ambassador of Japan to Qatar and Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, Chief Executive Director, Overseas Construction Association of Japan spoke at the function.

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