Qatar Air launches $600m airport legal claim

Action to be taken against contractor as New Doha International Airport opening faces major delay


LDI have obviously " reserved their rights " whilst encountering delays in receiving the site.
Will be interesting to see which Legal Authority handles the case , assuming, QA is indeed the Client who has signed the contract directly with LDI and not the Main Contractor.

Peter Hudson

The way the Qataris are going, they will soon have no one willing to work for them except the local carpenters!

playing hardball is not the best way to instill confidence in the minds of international contractors.

Good contractors are necessary to build world class projects and work in a collaborative fashion. . Qatar may have the money for now but they need to realize that to compete with Dubai they need a progressive mindset as well. Being unfair and hard assed will get them nothing


I find it hard to believe that because of 250m of contract in a 15b project, a project would be delayed by a year. I saw it in Dubai when part of the new terminal was completed and bits and pieces not. Also it seems a bit one sided in my eyes. Al Bakar using the Media to blame LDI with accusations, but I am missing comments from people who actually work on site who say what they see every day. I am sure Al Bakar doesn't spend 24/7 on site, and those who show him around, surely won't tell him someone along the line screwed something up, even it is the main contractor. But lets see if we get some actual input from people on site.

Kashif Chaudhry

I have been in Qatar for the last four years and the NDIA is just a mirage, the fault resides with not the contractors but the nuisance created by various authorities and that is why the work started late. End of the day Mr. Bakker needs to accept fault rather than file a law suite and claim damages? Happy the legal fee is still unaccounted for.


Claiming $600 million from a $250 million contract can't be right. It would be a contractor trap or perhaps good business with questionable morality.

Where were all the Client's firms watching over this project, and how badly can a contrator perform before you limit your damages? And where is the Contrator's limited LD liability of 10%? Or is it that the last one leaving the party gets stuck with the bill?

Something is drastically wrong with this story.

J Smith

Isn't the problem that the Airport has failed on a much larger scale than Berlin.

Let's not forget this airport was supposed to be open in 2010 not 2012. A recent visit to the airport confirmed that it certainly WON'T be open in 2013. Although the shell is finished the interior is very far from finished. Then of course there is the question of who will complete these lounges that LDI was supposed to complete.

As stated now in another article today, LDI could not complete the contract due to a 9 month delay to the delivery of the site. There are internal fit out contractors, there contract did not include building the airport, they expected to find a shell to build around and had to wait 9 months for that shell to be completed.

The delays at NDIA are Al Bakker's fault. Worse still the Airport is now not even big enough for Qatar Airlines as the plans are now 10 years old.

Richard Mullane

Big deal, Qatar needs to learn their money will not always buy them favour. LDI has lodged a legitimate claim against the Qatari's and has been 'bullied' into dropping all claims for delay / damages etc which of course they will not accept.
Good luck LDI and all contractors working for the Qatari's.


If I remember correctly LDI's contract was terminated a year back, so why NDIA failed to appoint a new contractor in time?

And if fit-out at lounges is the only item pending as per CEO's comment, this is not a major item in the entire Airport development.

Depa has done very complex works in past and is a well known contractor with good is the NDAI experience that needs to be reviewed

Ebrahim Latter

Akbar Al Baker is indeed a noisy, challenging character whereby ever other day he seems to be firmly and very publicly threatening all and sundry with some issue or other and most probably he has grounds, but in this case, Qatar Airways really has no business poking its nose in other than it's freedom to display displeasure at the delays.
But on a completely different note, a man of his credentials and fearless approach could be very useful if the GCC ever becomes 'ONE' unit. Might I suggest that with Baker's conviction and penchant for and advocacy of justice, he might take on the role of Traffic Police Bwana and actually enforce laws across the various states, quite possibly saving thousands of lives and calling to book the absolutely blatantly dangerous, thoroughly inconsiderate, wholly ignorant disregard for any road decency or safety in our countries. Just a thought!


Who cares the WC is still ten years away my friends.....slow & steady wins the race. Dont try to compare what you not are anyway. Just finish the job if you want to. We are ever ready to visit when 2022 happens.

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