Qatar will speed up construction of its new QR27bn ($7.4bn) Doha Port by 10 years to ensure it is completed ahead of the FIFA World Cup in 2022, Transport Minister Jassim Seif Ahmed Al Sulaiti has reportedly said.
The government will attempt to merge the first and second phases of the project to ensure the final stage – which will bring capacity to a total of six million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) containers - by 2020 rather than 2030, Gulf Times reported.
Located south of Doha, the port will be one of the deepest in the world, cover 26.5 square kilometres and is designed to include a new base for the Emiri Naval Forces and Qatar Economic Zone 3.
The first phase had been scheduled to become operational by Q1, 2016, with a capacity of 2m TEUs. That was due to be doubled to 4m TEUs by 2022 and the final 2m TEUs by 2030.For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Subscribe to Arabian Business' newsletter to receive the latest breaking news and business stories in Dubai,the UAE and the GCC straight to your inbox.