Qatar reveals huge infrastructure project
Three bridges will link new airport with Katara and West Bay
Qatar has announced one of the country’s largest infrastructure projects with the proposed construction of three bridges interconnected by subsea tunnels, to be completed before the World Cup in 2022.
The Sharq crossing project will include the bridges, spanning between 600m and 1,310m, linking Doha’s new Hamad International Airport with the city’s cultural district of Katara and the central business area of West Bay.
“Construction of the project will start in 2015 and completion will be by 2021,” Nasser Ali al-Mawlawi, the president of Qatar’s Public Works Authority, Ashghal, told a news conference on Monday.
The cost of the project has not been revealed.
The tiny, gas-rich country plans to spend as much as $140bn on infrastructure projects, including a new airport, stadiums, roads and railways, as it prepares to host the World Cup.
It awarded contracts worth $8.2bn in June to international and local contractors for the construction of phase one of the Doha Metro project.
Mawlawi said in an interview with Reuters that Ashghal planned to spend more than 100bn riyals ($27bn) on projects in the coming years.
“The project that was unveiled today (Monday) will be paid for by the government of Qatar,” he added.
The bridges on the Sharq project were designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and inspired by the image of flying fish, Ashghal said in a statement. One of the bridges will have a two-deck structure incorporating a recreational park accessible via an elevated walkway and a funicular railway.