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Egis to oversee development of Qatar economic zone

French engineering firm awarded design and construction supervision contracts for Qatar's Um Alhoul Economic Zone, south of Doha

Qatar is creating three world-class industrial and logistic zones to attract investment.
Qatar is creating three world-class industrial and logistic zones to attract investment.

Egis has been awarded design and construction supervision contracts for Qatar's Um Alhoul Economic Zone.

With several major infrastructure projects planned and the preparation of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar wishes to encourage private sector investment and promote the diversification of its economy by creating three world-class industrial and logistic zones (excluding hydrocarbons).

This strategic project is part of Qatar National Vision 2030, supported by Emir Tamim ben Hamad ben Khalifa al-Thani, and aiming to deliver economic development in the country over the next 25 years.

The first two zones, Ras Bufontas and Al Karaana, will be located south of Doha airport while the third (QEZ 3), Um Alhoul, will be implanted in the port city of Al Waqrah, south of the capital.

Extending over an area of 27km2, Um Alhoul will bring together a number of activities related to metallurgy, petrochemicals, construction materials, logistics and marine industries, also benefitting from sea access thanks to a dedicated canal.

Manateq, the autonomous state company established in 2011 by the Qatari Ministry of Business and Trade and responsible for promoting and operating these economic zones, awarded the construction management of this third zone to Egis.

Elsewhere in Qatar, Egis also recently landed an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for rehabilitation of Al Karaana lagoon and a contract with Louis Berger to project manage all elevated and at-grade sections of the Doha Metro project.

 

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