Six Construct completes Al Rayyan Road upgrade project in Qatar
Belhasa Six Construct upgrades a 2.9km stretch of Al Rayyan Road, one of the main arterial routes in Doha and part of the larger Ashghal Expressway project, allowing it to be opened up to the public
Belhasa Six Construct, the major Middle East contractor and subsidiary of Belgium’s Besix Group, has completed the upgrade of the 2.9km Al Rayyan Road, one of the main arterial routes in Doha, Qatar.
The project was carried out in collaboration with Doha’s Boom Construction Company, and, noted project director Nicolas Bruyninckx, entailed the construction of “two massive concrete underpasses, each 650m long, 50m wide and up to 15m deep”.
Each of these underpasses, he explained, was built using 260,000m3 of concrete and 20,000 tonnes of reinforcement, on top of which 80,000 tonnes of asphalt was laid.
He continued: “Apart from the underpasses, the team also completed three cable tunnels, reaching a total length of 1.1 km. They also built three critical substations and pulled all low- to medium-voltage cables required to energise the street lighting.”
The upgrade of Al Rayyan Road is part of the Ashghal Expressway project, and with its 90% completion, the public works authority has been able to partially opened the expressway for use by the public while the project team complete the landscaping and finishing works.
A ceremony for the road’s opening was attended by the Minister of Transport and Communications, Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, the Minister of Municipality and Environment, Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, and the president of Ashghal, Eng Saad Bin Ahmed Bin Ibrahim Al-Muhannadi.
A few days earlier, Qatar’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, also visited the project to witness the progress of the work.
The Six Construct and Boom Construction joint venture was also presented with a certificate of appreciation from Ashghal for “the best project across the Expressway programme toward workers welfare”, as for achieving four million man-hours without a lost time incident during the work.
This road section is the first expressway project to be substantially completed in the year 2017.
Six Construct entered the region in 1965 to work on the Abu Dhabi Corniche, and has since worked on numerous prominent public projects in the region, including the Khalifa Stadium and Hamad International Airport in Qatar
Elsewhere in the Gulf, it has worked on the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Tram and Emirates Palace Hotel in Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Ferrari World Theme Park and the Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi, the Four Seasons Hotel in Bahrain, and King Abdullah Sports City in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.