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Heir Apparent lays foundation stone for QR25bn Doha Port.

ASIF IQBAL DOHA THE Heir Apparent His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani on Monday laid the foundation stone for the QR25.6 billion New Doha Port project in Mesaieed.

Speaking at the function, the New Doha Port steering committee Chairman Abdulaziz Mohammad al Nuaimi said the port would cover an area of approximately 26.5 square kilometres and the first phase is expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2016. He said it is the biggest infrastructural work currently being carried out in the country.

"With tremendous growth expected in the country in the next few years covering all aspects of infrastructure and industrial development, the new port with its higher capacity will be able to handle growth in the volume of the country's imports," Nuaimi added.

He said the aim of such comprehensive developments is to achieve progress and prosperity for the citizens, which, he said, represented the base of the national vision that aims to turn Qatar into a modern country that can achieve sustainable development at all levels by 2030.

Later, New Doha Port's Project Manager, Nabil al Buainain told Qatar Tribune that the second phase of the port would be operational by 2020 while the third and last phase is expected to be complete by 2030. "Once all the phases are operational, the port can handle about 6 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) per annum," Buainain said.

Asked why the completion date of the project had been pushed to 2016 from 2014, Buainain said it was because of some change in plans like the requirement to build up a base for Emiri Navy and the addition of the canal for the economic zone number three. Giving details of the port, he said it will include a commercial area for accommodating livestock, bulk grain and vehicles and supply to the offshore oil and gas industry. The non-commercial area of the port will be meant for Qatari navy, coast guard, royal yachts and visiting navies.

"It will be the most important and largest seaports in the region," he added.

He said there are also plans to link the new port with the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) with railways to facilitate the movement of goods in a more efficient and economical manner.

Others who attended the function included the Deputy Prime Minister and Chief of the Emiri Diwan His Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad al Attiyah, Minister for Energy and Industry, His Excellency Mohammad bin Saleh al Sada, diplomats and officials of companies involved in the project.

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Date:Oct 11, 2011
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