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Doha Port to close for $549m revamp next year – report

Port to be redeveloped into cruise terminal as part of plans to boost tourism

Doha Port to close for $549m revamp next year – report

Doha Port is to undergo a QR2 billion ($549 million) redevelopment next year and will close for navigation next March to make way for the works, according to local media.

Infrastructure development and renovation works will commence in the second quarter of 2017, Gulf Times reported, citing an announcement by Qatar’s transport and communications minister Jassim Seif Ahmed Al Sulaiti on Monday.

The initial works are to include extensive dredging in the area surrounding the port to ensure the smooth arrival of large vessels, particularly cruise ships, the newspaper said.

Further drilling and development works at the port will reportedly start in early April. While the works are under way, most of the traffic to Doha Port will be diverted to the new, larger Hamad Port, which lies south of Doha.

Al Sulaiti made the announcement in his opening speech at the Qatar Transport Safety Forum 2016. He told local media afterwards that Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has already unveiled plans to turn Doha Port into a cruise terminal and tourist attraction.

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