$140bn infrastructure projects underway
February 27 2013 11:44 PM
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The new headquarters of Qatar Petroleum headquarters, which is under construction.
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Qatar plans to spend an average of over 10% of its national output annually on building infrastructure as it prepares to host the soccer World Cup in 2022. Here is a look at its major projects:

INTEGRATED RAIL PROJECT

This features a more than 300km rail system, including a metro network within Doha as well as high-speed passenger lines, a light rail system at Lusail City and a 195km freight line linking Mesaieed port to the industrial city of Ras Laffan; eventually, the project will be linked to a planned rail network across Gulf Co-operation Council countries. The second phase of the project will include a 150km high-speed line to Bahrain.
Completion date: The first of the metro’s four lines is to be operational in 2019.
Cost: $36bn.

NEW DOHA PORT

A seaport with capacity of 2mn 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) will be built at Mesaieed, which will be expanded to allow additional capacity in the second and third phases of the project.
Completion date: 2016 for the first phase. The second and third phases will be completed after 2022.
Cost: $7.4bn.

HAMAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Qatar’s new airport will feature two of the longest runways in the world and a 510,000sq m passenger terminal.
Completion date: The airport will receive its first passengers on April 1; it will be fully operational in the second half of this year, with the final phase to be completed by 2015.
Cost: $17.5bn.

LUSAIL CITY

One of the Gulf’s largest real estate developments, Lusail will cover 38sq km and house up to 200,000 people. It will contain residential areas, commercial districts including the $275mn Marina Mall project, 22 hotels, four islands and two golf courses. It will feature the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium, where the championship match of the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament will be played.
Completion date: 2020.
Cost: $45bn.

STADIUMS
The country will build nine stadiums and renovate three existing facilities.
Completion date: Varying from 2015 to 2019.
Cost: $4bn.

HIGHWAY PROGRAMME
The Doha Expressway system will consist of 280km of dual four-lane roads. The 12km Lusail Expressway will connect Doha to Lusail City. The country is also building a 7.5km highway linking Doha and Dukhan.
Completion date: 2016.
Cost: $8.1bn.

ROADS AND DRAINAGE
Qatar plans to build approximately 150km of roads and drainage systems.
Completion date: 2016.
Cost: $14.6bn.

IDRIS
Sewage infrastructure project.
Completion date: 2018.
Cost: $2.5bn.
   
MSHEIREB
A real estate project that will restore 750,000sq m of downtown Doha, the project will contain residential, retail and cultural areas as well as four hotels, all built in a style reminiscent of traditional Qatari architecture.
Completion date: 2016.
Cost: $6.4bn.

AL-WAAB CITY

A mixed-use project that will contain residential, retail and commercial facilities plus a hotel.
Completion date: 2015.
Cost: $2bn.

DOHA FESTIVAL CITY

A shopping mall and entertainment park.
Completion date: 2016.
Cost: $1.6bn.



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