Dubai and Qatar companies awarded $1.7 billion infrastructure contract in Qatar

Out-Law News | 25 Mar 2014 | 12:31 pm |

Dubai-based Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) and Qatar-based Al Jaber Engineering have been awarded a $1.7billion design and construction contract in Qatar.

The joint venture will be responsible for the design and construction of the planned New Orbital Highway and Truck Route in Doha, the emirate's capital. The firms will carry out the work on behalf of Ashghal, Qatar's public work's authority, a statement by HLG said. The project will include the development of almost 56km of road-works and five major interchanges, designed to serve a projected increase in traffic in the areas.

Antonio Lopez-Monis, said the new project further strengthened the HLG's presence in Qatar, where HLG has worked with government clients, such as Kahramaa, since 2009. "Qatar is a very important market for HLG. We have had a local office in Doha since 2005, and during this time we have been involved in a number of projects perfectly aligned with our expertise and experience. The Orbital Highway is a major opportunity for HLG and our joint venture partner Al Jaber Engineering, and we are pleased to have been selected by Ashghal to work in partnership with them to deliver such an important part of national infrastructure for Qatar," said Lopez-Monis.

The project will be the latest phase of Doha's large-scale urban infrastructure project and will connect the Mesaieed industrial area and New Port Projects to Salwa Road. Design and construction works are expected to take around 36 months to complete, said the HLG statement.