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Tue 26 Jan 2016 12:48 PM

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Qatar plans overhaul of Doha city centre in time for 2022 World Cup

Private sector partners invited to participate in redevelopment plans

Qatar plans overhaul of Doha city centre in time for 2022 World Cup
A general view shows the city of Doha. (Getty Images)

Qatar is planning a massive redevelopment of central parts of Doha city centre and is aiming to partner with private sector companies to have the masterplan completed in time for its hosting of the FIFA World Cup tournament in 2022.

The Peninsula Qatar newspaper reported Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning has set up a special committee to oversee the development of the inner city areas of the capital. The area under focus is from Ras Abu Aboud to the West Bay district, with a total of 25 densely populated urban localities grouped together under the masterplan, the report said.

The ministry has appealed for several “development partners” from the private sector to come forward to participate in the epic project. The report said the development plans “will focus on Qatari heritage, quality and modern infrastructure and amenities.”

Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning, Sheikh Abdurahman bin Khalifa Al Thani, emphasised the importance role the private sector will have in making the redevelopment plans a reality. The committee is currently evaluating proposals to be included in the masterplan but the minister said he hoped at least one or two of the projects would be launched by the end of 2016.

“The development project will have a positive impact on our country and will contribute massively to hosting the 2022 World Cup soccer,” the Minister said.

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