Qatar: $11bn worth of transport projects on track

With $11bn (QR42bn) allocated in its 2017 budget, transport projects in Qatar represent 21.2% of the total budget for the year

$11bn has been allocated to transport projects for Qatar's 2017 budget.
$11bn has been allocated to transport projects for Qatar's 2017 budget.

Roads and transport projects in Qatar are on track and on schedule, according to Qatar’s Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti.

With $11bn (QR42bn) allocated in its 2017 budget, transport projects in the gulf country represent 21.2% of the total budget for the year, with another $2.7bn (QR10bn) allocated for rail projects and Hamad Port, according to The Peninsula.

This figure also represents a large number of road projects including the Lusail road, Al Rayyan road, Dukhan road, the new ring road for trucks and the new Al Khor road.

Al Sulaiti said during an event on Saturday: "Our projects at the airport and the port, roads and transportation in general are progressing as planned, to achieve the goals and aspirations of the wise leadership in this regard, and to meet the aspirations of the people of Qatar.”

Last week, a senior official said that Qatar is currently spending $500m a week on capital projects in preparation for its World Cup games in 2022.

The Minister of Finance, Ali Sherif Al Emadi, said more than $200bn will be spent in total in preparation for 2022, a figure that will also cover roads, as well as a new airport and hospitals.

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