Over the past few years, Qatar has witnessed rapid population growth together with strong economic growth. These developments have required further enhancements to the land transport infrastructure to support the expansion in the industrial, commercial and service sectors.
Land transport has become a key enabler of the Qatari economy and a cornerstoneof its growth, and the Land Transport Sector continues its efforts to develop a state-of-the-art transport network in line with the goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
To this end, the State of Qatar is investing massively in land transport infrastructure projects which will see the highways network expanded to 8,500km by 2020, including the building of some 200 new bridges and 30 new tunnels.
The Public Works Authority 'Ashghal' was established in 2004 to be responsible for the planning, design, procurement, construction, delivery, and asset management of all infrastructure projects and public buildings in Qatar.
Ashghal contributes to achieving the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030 by leading the transformation of Qatar’s infrastructure and public buildings so as to develop the nation into one of the most advanced countries in the world in this field.
The authority is managing and coordinating projects worth more than 100 billion Qatari Riyals. Adopting best practices in infrastructure development and management, Ashghal has employed a powerful model of strategic outsourcing and partnership with world leading project management organisations to ensure Qatar’s infrastructure is on par with the most developed nations worldwide.
Ashghal is currently working on a wide range of infrastructure programmes across the country, including: the Expressway Programme which will deliver some of the largest expressways in Qatar, and the Local Roads & Drainage Programme which will deliver many roads and integrated infrastructure projects in local areas. Ashghal is also cooperating with working relevant Qatari authorities on significant building projects that include healthcare, educational, and general sector projects.
Within Ashghal, the Asset Affairs directorate manages the operations and maintenance of all roads and drainage systems, which includes over 1.2 million unique assets.