29 Dec 2017 - 12:29

Leading the way

The Peninsula

Qatar is set to complete all infrastructure projects ahead of time in the run-up to host 2022 FIFA World Cup. This was evident when Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani paid a visit to the headquarters of the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) to review the main achievements of the authority in 2017, the progress made in realising the authority’s goals and strategic initiatives, development of main projects, in addition to reviewing the authority’s executive plan for 2018 for infrastructure projects. 

The visit was important as it showed the government’s determination to complete all projects as per schedule for the benefit of citizens and expatriates residing in the country. Directives were issued by the Prime Minister and Interior Minister to finish the current projects within the scheduled time frame, in accordance to the policies of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of meeting the requirements of the current and future phases, giving priority to the plan of preparing the infrastructure of land owned by the citizens and adding new areas to that plan, as well as prioritising projects related to 2022 World Cup.

Ashghal, outlining its plans, said it would complete 90 percent of all road projects related to the 2022 Cup next year in addition to allocating QR21.8bn for the authority’s projects in 2018. A total of QR11.08bn were allocated for establishing highways, QR8.88bn for infrastructure and road and QR1.84bn for sewer pumping stations. The completion of 60 projects since the unjust siege began in June this year and the plan to implement 90 percent of the 2022 World Cup projects in 2018 proves that Qatar has overcome the blockade. It is worth mentioning that Ashghal completed 250km of highway works out of a total of more than 400km in 2017. 

Ashghal President Eng Saad bin Ahmed Al Muhannadi recently had said that the slogan of National Day celebrations — “Promise of Prosperity and Glory” — represented “what we see in terms of economic, urban and scientific renaissance and what we feel in terms of determination to overcome all the challenges facing us” adding that this is the feeling of the Qatari people, including the Ashghal team who work hard to complete the state projects to the fullest.

With work on expressways, infrastructure, sewage networks and other projects in full swing by Ashghal, Qatar has proved once again it remains unaffected by the blockade in any form and that it determined to finish all projects at the said time for the welfare of its people.