At The end of last year, Hamad port first terminals were opened, which are located in Umm Al-Houl near Mesaieed industrial city. While the old port is located near the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, which will be closed to all commercial ships. However, it will continue to welcome cruise ships, till the end of March 2017.
Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, said that Hamad port is considered as a fundamental pillar of the national economy, as it will make the state a free global trade gateway. In light of what it provides, such as marine services aligned with the latest global technology methods, and international security and safety standards.
Hamad port will fit for large containers, which will be able to travel directly to Qatar, where previously they had to stop first in the UAE port. Then transfer the goods to small ships, before traveling to Qatar. The port is expected to be fully run in 2020, 10 years ahead of the scheduled time.
Hamad port is located in an area of about 20 sq. km, and includes three container terminals. Which has an annual combined capacity, of more than 6 million containers.
Annually, the general cargo terminal will be able to manage nearly 1.7 million tons of general goods, and up to 1 million tons of food grains, and about half million of vehicles. According to statements made by the Qatari Ministry of Transport and Communications, there is a specified station for cattle, and other multi-use terminal.
Improve road traffic
The size and new port facilities of the new port, will contribute in making the Qatari’s import process of raw materials faster and easier, which is very important. As it will assist in the completion of country’s many ongoing infrastructure projects.
Minister of Transport Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti said: “The port would modernize the way Qatar handles imports and exports, increasing our maritime trade and facilitating growth and diversification of the country’s economy.”
According to some officials, the transfer of the port to the new location, will reduce the number of large trucks on the Corniche. Which is located near to the old port, by around 100 trucks a day.
The country will also build a new orbital highway road, away from Doha, which the heavy vehicles will use to and from Hamad port. The road runs on 189-kilo meters, and it will be built on four stages. This project will provide a better connection between Dukhan, and both industrial cities Mesaieed and Ras Laffan.
It will also connect between the north and south of Qatar, without needing to pass through Doha. This will help in reducing the amount of overcrowding within the city.
A milestone in Qatar’s economy
Hamad Port will be a milestone in the diversification of the Qatari economy, in line with the objectives of the Qatar National Vision 2030, by providing some important points, such as:
1-Helping to achieve economic diversification, and improve the competitiveness of Qatar in the region, through converting it into a regional commercial center.
2- Increase the volume of international trade between Qatar and the world, due to the increasing Qatari capacity and its ability to export.
3- Supporting the strategic stock of the state of raw materials, food and pharmaceutical materials.
4- Creating job opportunities for Qatari’s youth, as well as skilled labor, which will contribute to raising the standard of living.
5- Providing the opportunity to rely on self-financing from services fees, such as the ones in “Hamad International” Airport. Which eases the burden on the state budget, creating the opportunity to become a source of income.
6- Reducing prices, as the cost of shipping to one port directly, will be less than the cost of shipping to a nearby port, then to the Doha port.
Therefore Hamad port is an important addition to the ports of Qatar, especially which the state is seeking to diversify its economy and increase its GDP. Through relying on other sectors, other than oil and gas. Also creating a sustainable development for future generations. Also, this port will be a new milestone for the shipping industry in Qatar.